Hi-hat sounds in classic analog drum machines often come from white noise shaped with envelopes and filters. Follow a new tutorial from Future Music magazine, and you'll learn how to make a variety of noise-based hi-hats using Ableton Live's Analog synthesizer and Saturator effect.
This tutorial from MacProVideo's Hub blog demonstrates how to use Ableton Live's Grain Delay for sound design. As MPV's G.W. Childs IV explains: "One technique that I love would be using the Grain Delay to randomize various drum hits in realtime, and record this process from within Ableton using the Resampling function, then edit the randomly generated sounds for a whole new set."