DESIGNED FOR WORKING WITH GROUPS & BUSSES, DIAL IN INSTANT GRATIFICATION!
Bussification is an Ableton Live pack created by the genius of PerforModule, it consists of a series of channel strips designed to be placed on groups of tracks, auxiliary busses, and the master channel, each with its own specific set of parameter ranges.
Each one is installed directly into the Live Browser within the Packs Section so can be dropped into your set with the Ableton Push without touching the mouse!
We’ll list the details of whats in the pack below, but it’s best to hear the impact so click on the walkthrough video below from Josh Casper…
By grouping similar instruments in a mix and placing different Bussification racks onto them, each is given a distinct frequency character “home”, leading to a clearer and more vibrant overall mix when applied carefully. For each buss, decide upon a frequency to enhance, in particular, to help it stand out. You can sculpt the brightness and darkness to fine-tune the resultant tone, remove unnecessary frequencies with “tauten”, and infuse parallel saturation. There is a “juice” control which determines overall intensity of various parameters, parallel saturation calibrated uniquely for each buss type, and finally a knob for natural-sounding, sophisticated level automation which works by balancing various internal parameters.
GroupBuss Bass – For bass guitars, synths, and low-frequency sound effects.
GroupBuss Bowed -For string instruments.
GroupBuss Horn – For brass instruments.
GroupBuss Keys – For full-range pianos & keyboards.
GroupBuss Larynxical – For vocals.
GroupBuss MeLeady – For melodic lead lines.
GroupBuss Plucked – For plucked acoustic instruments.
GroupBuss Strummed – For strummed acoustic instruments.
GroupBuss Wind – For woodwind instruments.
These do what they say on the tin, add range, warmth, dirt…
GroupBuss Kit Core – For a full drum kit.
GroupBuss Kit Perc – For percussion layers.
Set up two return channels (CMD/CTRL-ALT-T), one for “Dirt” and one for “Space”. Solo them and send just enough of each channel in the mix to it to be able to barely hear. Use “Dirt” to add a bit of edgy presence for a less muddy mix. Use “Space” to emulate a nice room tone, helping to glue all elements together and cohesify punchiness. After balancing all track sends, unsolo the return tracks, reduce their levels to minimum, and slowly introduce them into the overall mix for added vibe and color. A next-level trick is to automate those levels to introduce more dirt and space during different song sections.
AuxBuss Dirt – Add dirt, crisp, and grit for increasing perceptible acuteness of raw lucidity in a mix.
AuxBuss Space – Pull up, enhance, and glue together the background spaciousness in a mix, without loss of punch.
Place one of these on the master buss to subtly alter the overall character from digital neutrality to match the media of choice. These each have different controls. “CD” is for general-purpose, modern pre-mastering with an emphasis on the solidity of bass and the clarity of high frequencies. “Vinyl Record” adds in custom emulations of turntable rumble, stylus quality, and surface grime, also with RIAA pre- or post-equalization. “Cassette Tape” is equipped with a very nifty tape hiss generator which creates the hiss based on the original material as well as nonlinear subtle sub and air contour distortion.
MasterBuss Cassette Tape – Gives the nuances and character of being printed and played back on a cassette tape, including fidelity simulation, generative hiss, and source-reactive sub and air distortion.
MasterBuss CD – A pre-mastering channel strip to help prepare for replication via web and CD. Different macro controls are tied to the “Fundamental” parameter, which can be set to the root key of the song for ideal results.
MasterBuss Vinyl Record – Gives the nuances and character of being printed and played back on a vinyl record. Also includes an RIAA filter which could be useful for importing tracks directly from a turntable which is not routed through an RIAA preamp (i.e. if you plug your turntable directly into your audio interface).
PerforModule devices are developed by Animus Invidious.