Ableton User Group Mexico City – Wavetable Workshop

Ableton User Group Wavetable Workshop

We held the first Ableton User Group meeting of 2018 in Mexico City, where we had a workshop focused on Wavetable, the new synth in Ableton Live 10, and did a cooperative One Synth Challenge, where in groups people explored the capabilities of Wavetable and jammed together.

You can grab the Live Pack with example Wavetable presets built for this workshop here: Wavetable Workshop Live Pack

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Weeklyish Patch Collection

Weeklyish Patch Collection Cover

Weeklyish Patch is a series of Ableton Live Racks I’ve built. This collection bundles 24 devices, some tweaked and improved, and new ones like Headphone Speaker Sim, a rack which simulates the stereo field of studio monitors while listening through headphones.

The included devices:

  • Bass Monomaker
  • Formant Shift0r
  • NY Style Compressor
  • Smart Knobs v1
  • MS Encoder – Decoder
  • Citrus Distortion
  • Dist Machine
  • Drums Divider
  • Dub Delay
  • Formant Filter
  • Formantager
  • Freezeverb
  • Headphone Speaker Sim
  • Lo & Hi Exciter
  • Multiband Distortion
  • Stereo Reverb
  • Vocal Remover
  • Drum Repeat
  • Tap Sequence
  • Drum Synth 2
  • Synthpler
  • M-Axe
  • Feedback Theory Synth
  • Beat Juggler

Grab them now:  Weeklyish Patch Collection

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Weeklyish Patch 25 – Tap Sequence

Tap Sequence lets you program a list of notes, then trigger each one sequentially each time the rack receives any MIDI note. This lets you, for example, play full melodies with a single drum pad, adding natural variation and timing. It also uses the Scale plug-in for easy melody transposition.

Index keyboardist? Hammer away

Index keyboardist? Hammer away


Weeklyish Patch 25 - Tap Sequence
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Weeklyish Patch 22 – Formant Shift0r

Formant Shift0r - GLadOS will be jealous

Formant Shift0r - GLadOS will be jealous

This is the rack the robots will use to talk through (along with some vocoding) while tearing through earth once Skynet becomes self aware.

Formant Shift0r splits the incoming signal into 4 bands, then allows for independent pitch shifting of each. It comes in 2 flavors:

Parallel – allows for independent pitch shifting of each band.
In-line – pitch shifts each band relative to the previous band’s setting.


Weeklyish Patch 22 - Formant Shift0r
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Beat Looker – Real Time Beat Mangling Tool

The greatest invention since sliced audio! Scratch, Beat Juggle and Reverse your audio output using only Ableton Live’s built in plug-ins (Simple Delay, Looper and Racks).


Beat Looker

Thanks to Clist for the inspiration with his Beat Lookup Reaktor Patch and mike@TrackTeam Audio for showing what is possible with the new Live 8 delays.

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Weeklyish Patch 18 – M-S Encoder/Decoder

It’s been a while since I uploaded a new live rack, but I guess that’s why it’s called “weeklyish”.

This time I’ve built a M-S encoder and decoder. What it does is take a stereo signal, which is encoded in Left and Right channels, and encode it as Mid and Side allowing for separate processing of each and preventing some phase problems that can occur when processing a stereo signal.


Weeklyish Patch 18 - M-S Encoder/Decoder

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Weeklyish Patch 17 – Freezeverb

It’s always “more distortion” or “more cowbell”, but no one ever asks for more reverb. How sad.

Well, if you are with me on this, here’s a reverb fix for you. This week’s rack uses Live Reverb’s Freeze function to generate the decay, allowing super long reverb tails and endless reverb when cranking the Decay all the way up. Also, it adds a M/S EQ for fine control of every aspect of your reverb’s tone.


Weeklyish Patch 17 - Freezeverb

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Weeklyish Patch 15 – Feedback Theory Synth

Feedback Theory Synth is a rack created off a sample of a DJ mixer fed back into itself (tone snob note: a Stanton SA3 fed back into itself).

Here’s part of a tutorial by the Scratch Perverts where Prime Cuts explains how to setup a mixer for feedback.

Feedback Theory explained at 5:22

Download the rack:

Weeklyish Patch 15 - Feedback Theory Synth
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Weeklyish Patch 12 – Stereo Reverb

This rack was built based on a post by Robert Henke in the Ableton forums about how Live’s reverb takes the input signal, sums it to mono, then processes it and outputs a stereo reverb.

What the Stereo Reverb does is split the signal into L and R channels and process each with its own reverb. It then adds an M/S EQ to allow independent tone control between the reverb’s center and its sides.

Stereo Reverb

Get it over here:

Weeklyish Patch 12 - Stereo Reverb
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Weeklyish Patch 09 – Vocal Remover

Tired of watching your singer hook up every time while you only get to lug the gear around afterwards? Ever thought the band would do better as a vocals free 13 min long songs Progressive Rock band? Maybe you can’t fire him/her (it’s in the contract), but you sure can remove the voice with this brand new Vocal Remover!

Vocal Remover - Erase your singer

Just set your Lows and Highs bypass frequencies, the amount of reduction and VOILA! the singer’s gone! (along with some other stuff, but really, who cares about lead guitar?)

P.S.: Also damn useful for remixes and mashups, it’s not all hating the dude with the mic.

Weeklyish Patch 09 - Vocal Remover
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