Use actual Volume from one Track for another?

Is it possible to use the actual physical volume from one track for another? For instance: I have a sample of "oceans waves" and a track with a synth-pad. Now I want to use the volume from the waves to modulate the volume of the synth? Possible?


mudmaxx 6 years ago | 1 comment

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  • [mlp] Ableton staff
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    It depends on what kind of modulation you want. If you want to get a ducking effect, i.e. sound A causes sound B to drop in volume, then you can use the sidechaining feature built-in to Live's compressor feature to achieve this:

    1. Put an instance of the compressor effect on the track whose volume you want to modulate
    2. Expand the compressor (by clicking the triangle in the title bar of the compressor) to reveal the sidechain settings
    3. Enable the sidechain (n.b.: sidechaining is only available when the compressor is in one of the 'feedforward' modes)
    4. Select the audio track you want as the modulation source under the 'Audio from' drop-down list
    5. Start playing with the threshold, ratio, and attack and release settings to get different effects

    You can also try the Auto Filter's sidechaining feature to get a dynamic filtering effect. Follow the steps above, substituting the compressor for an auto filter, and play with the envelope parameters and filter types to get different sounds.

    Of course Max for Live would provide endless modulation possibilities, but it's not as simple as using what's already built-in to Live.

    6 years ago | 1 comment
  • keefbaker
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    Certainly with max for live it would be...

    Otherwise you could do it via sidechained compression to achieve a similar effect.


    **actually sidechained compression would probably have the opposite effect. I can't remember if there's an expander built into live or not that you can sidechain.

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • Mage2k
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    The way a sounds volume changes over time is called it's volume envelope.  So, if you want one sound's volume to track another's you want an Envelope Follower. 

    6 years ago | 0 comments

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