BORING STALE AUDIO? GET YA GROOVE ON… PART ONE!
PerforModule locked himself away and got out his spreadsheet, the challenge to come up with a pack of grooves that can transform static boring loops and give them back their swing! Within the Ableton Live Pack download, which installs directly into your library, are a wealth of groove files based around three distinct flavours:
Mathematical Grooves – alter swing timing based on 80 choice mathematical number sequences.
These grooves work best when applied to clips with straight swing (notes are falling directly on beat intervals).
They will then alter the groove in a unique manner, delaying some notes forward and some backward, with the distances based on the chosen mathematical number sequence.
Sometimes it is easier to hear the distinction between different grooves when one is applied to more than a single clip, especially with different types of audio (i.e. a drum clip + a melody clip).
It can be fun experimenting with applying different grooves to different instruments, but be careful when doing so can easily result in rhythmic chaos.
Remember to mess with the “global amount” parameter to alter overall swing intensity, and if you feel like it you can add some randomization for a more “human” performance.
BreakFill Grooves – utilise velocity ramping for a selection of 24 transition effects.
BreakFill Grooves will create patterns of velocity (volume) variation. Since the max groove level value is -0, only volume cutting is happening, not any boosts, so keep in mind that for some patterns you may want to increase the gain of the clip it is applied to for consistent average level.
Use these clips to transform a “boring” clip into dynamic movements such as crescendos, swells, etc. They are organized by timing interval. In general, the idea is to apply these to clips which are “transitionary” — either for clips which will be triggered a single time before a drop, or for looping clips during a breakdown. Either way, they are meant for “transitionary” states.
Quantize Grooves – impose your choice of 6 hard quantizations.
And finally the Quantize Grooves will snap notes to the nearest selected timing interval. You can use them to quickly clean up imperfect timing (using the “global amount” parameter to set the correction amount). You can also experiment with imposing different quantizations upon audio quickly and easily. All without the need to painstakingly manually select notes or use undo actions to return to the original feel (as would be required if editing quatization in the clip note editor).
NOTE: The best way to quickly audition different grooves is to use the “hotswap” function in the groove pool, which will apply the swapped grooves to all clips a groove is placed upon. This way, you can apply the same groove to a bunch of different clips, then hotswap them all simultaneaously.