How can I add colour to vocal words (spoken word poetry with music)

Hi everyone

I am new to Ableton and have just completed a vocal and music recording of a spoken word poem. I have some words repeated for effect such as 'sorrow' but don't know how to add colour to the repeated words in Abelton so that they don't just sound like a repeat albeit with enhanced emotion. I don't know what term to use either to search for a tutorial as I have been searching for a few hours but haven't found what I am looking for. I would use the term colour for example to describe an echo as it adds a new dimension to a word. I am hoping for the repeated words to have a different effect, to be enhanced so to speak in that they are to be heard differently. I have already used echos so don't want to add too much of the same to the reading. I very much look forward to hearing back from you with your wisdom!


shaynasheikh 9 months ago | 0 comments

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  • hilker
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    I'd recommend watching a general tutorial on Live's audio effects, to get an idea of what each of them can do. Most of them add various types of color, as you call it. You could also look through the audio effect presets and see if any of the preset names suggests what you're looking for.

    When you say you used echoes, do you mean a delay? Or perhaps reverb?

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • cygnal
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    Put an effect of your choice that you want to colour with. Put as many as you want. You can "automate" them from the individual clips, by opening the "clip envelope" subview in the clip view (assuming you chopped up the words as clips). This means you can turn them on and off ("dry/wet") or changing parameters on a per-clip (or "per-word") basis. The basic chopping technique is selecting the clip in the track mode and pressing Ctrl+E (split). Make sure you click on the waveform, not the bar (this is how you choose the global position).

    9 months ago | 0 comments

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