Ableton Live Tutorial: Vocal Effect Techniques

Multi-talented music wizard Steve Nalepa demonstrates three vocal effect techniques using Ableton Live in this music production video tutorial. 

In this Ableton Live video tutorial, Professor Nalepa takes us through three music production techniques commonly used to spice up vocals. Using the lead vocal sample from Radiohead’s song ‘Reckoner,’ Nalepa demonstrates a vocal effect that involves reversing a vocal sample, routing it out through reverb, resampling the reverb, reversing the resampled reverb, and then layering it underneath the original vocal to get a ghostly premonition-style effect heard in many popular dance tracks. Nalepa also deconstructs tracks from his friend Nosaj Thing and former Dubspot students It’s Not Over Quebec, showing how they utilized sidechain compression and sidechain gating to achieve creative rhythmic vocal effects.

Nosaj Thing | Coat of Arms

It’s Not Over Quebec | Postcards 


About Steve Nalepa

Californian polymath Steve Nalepa is known for his vast and eclectic array of artistic collaborators. He’s a founding member of the esteemed beat collective TeamSupreme and a key node in the electronic music scene cultivated through years of creating music, producing events and mentoring many of today’s top artists in Ableton Live. Nalepa has published award-winning art books through the self-­launched Dilettante Press, scored several feature-length documentary films, and set up touring Ableton rigs for artists including Drake and The Weeknd. He produces solo and collaborative work under the moniker Nalepa, creates audiovisual works with the project Airspace, and releases music and tours with his bandmates The Acid (Infectious/Mute).

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Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

About This Program

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

  • Rucyl
  • 3/14/2011

great tutorial, sidechaining ftw

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