The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, states that, for any given tool or technique, roughly 80% of the outcome comes from using just 20% of the available resources. Looking at the way many of us use Ableton Live, this 80/20 rule very likely applies to Simpler and Sampler; with most of us only ever scratching the surface of what these devices are capable of. This is fine of course if you’re happy with the musical results you’re getting, but what else could you do with that other 80%?
Enter Evan Chandler, aka electro-boogie artist Slynk. His recent tutorial video showed off a whole bunch of techniques that explored the creative possibilities of using Live’s Vocoder not just for vocals. In a similar vein, Chandler’s new tutorial video dives deep into Simpler and Sampler to demonstrate some fun, under-the-radar tricks for slicing up samples, generating melodies and making your own bass synth (or donk machine). In addition, Slynk drops lots of pro tips on how to use Simpler and Sampler with filters, arpeggiators, LFOs, envelopes, and the mysterious ‘Zn Shift’ parameter.