ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR PRODUCTION IN ABLETON LIVE
The Utilification Pack is a set of go to devices for production tasks with controls to optimise workflow. It includes the following racks:
“-inf to +0 Fader”
A simple volume fader knob which goes all the way down to negative infinity decibels (unlike “utility” which only goes down to -35db).
It’s maximum value is also +0db, so it is easy to slam up to the top without having to worry about going over (unlike a rack chain’s volume control).
This single knob will mute all audio passing through it the moment it is raised above its minimum. Using midi or keyboard mapping, you can mute audio with the tiniest controller movement, or with a single key press.
Gives the option to pan audio using “Stereo Panning”. Normal panning is “exclusive” – the side you move away from gradually fades out completely. With stereo panning, as one side is moved away from, the contenet of that side is retained and moves towards the other side, instead of being faded out.
Use “stereo panning” if you want to place the virtual position of a stereo instrument or sound without removing any of its content. This can be especially useful for things like stereo-miked acoustic guitars, which often have a subtle harmonic richness brought about by the blending oif the two channels, or clips which have different fx processing on both sides.
“Stereo Panning” also has the option to be disabled and used as a normal pan control. By using automation, you could alter between both methods in a single track.
TIP: to instantly return the “pan” control to the exact center (63.5), click on it and press the “delete” key.
LR to MS Controller
Use this if you need to encode Left-Right stereo audio into Mid-Side. The “Left” channel will become the “Center” channel, and the “Right” channel will become the “Sides” channel (the option is also available to flip this decision and make the right into the center and the left into the sides).
After re-encoding the source, you can then perform various actions to either the center or sides channels including set gains, mute, and tilt pannings.
MS to LR Controller
The opposite of the aformentioned device. Use this to change Mid-Side audio into a Left-Right stereo file. This can be extremely handy when, for instance, desiring to separately process the center and sides channels of an MS audio source using a stereo effect (for example, to use a stereo compressor or eq to process the two channels differently).
After processing the Left and Right channels, you could then use the “LR to MS Controller” to re-encode it back to Mid-Side. Like the other device, this features the option to set gains, mute, and tilt the left or right halves after encoding.
This is a rack to quickly and easily alter the phase of a piece of material, either in relation to other elements of a mix (for better placement), or between its left and right halves (to fix the phase of stereo miking or for psycho-acoustic effects).
The main control is the “Phase Adjust” switch, which allows to toggle between 4 phase-flipping possibilities quickly to audition. It includes micro-delay which can be set to the hundredths of a millisecond for fine-tuning waveform placement which can be set to delay (up to 10ms) the entire signal, or the left and right halves separately. Finally, it includes the DC filter switch to fix low-frequency phase offset.
Basic “swiss army knife” which includes most of the above devices in one rack. Use this in place of Live’s “Utility” device for more robust control with no CPU loss. It gives you…
– a “minus infinity to +0 volume” fader.
– an “instant mute” control.
– a “stereo panning” mode switch.
– a “panorama knob” (normal or stereo, by mode).
– a “dc filter” switch.
– a “phase adjusct” multi-switch, which cycles through four phase flip possibilities.
– a “swap stereo” switch to flip the left and right channels.
– a “stereo width” control to either “zoom in” on the center or sides content.
TIP: add this device to an empty audio track and right-click “Save as Default Audio Track”. Then every time you create a new audio track, it will come pre-loaded with an instance of Ufilify.