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Tempo Dynamics by PerforModule

Dial in Dynamics with confidence and flexibility

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When applying dynamic effects, we are rarely going to need the entire timing ranges available, depending on the tempo, right? The Tempo Dynamics Ableton Live Pack provides go-to racks with minimum and maximum values hard-wired to ranges most potentially useful, given the chosen tempo — avoiding values that are likely too fast or too slow to be helpful.
Developer: PerforModule
Compatibility: Ableton Live 10.1.9+ or Live 11
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: Ableton Live 10.1.9+ or Live 11

Description

When applying dynamic effects, we are rarely going to need the entire timing ranges available, depending on the tempo, right? Tempo Dynamics provides go-to racks with minimum and maximum values hard-wired to ranges most potentially useful, given the chosen tempo — avoiding values that are likely too fast or too slow to be helpful.

Want to limit, squish, groovify, level, expand, or gate something?

Reach for one of these racks in the nearest available tempo, and with handy knobs available to fine-tune, then dial it in quickly without worrying about the numbers or graphs… all while retaining the human element of your personal touch still in place.

The macro knobs are also useful for automating in an arrangement, say to let something breathe more during one section and then clamp down during another.

TEMPO DYNAMICS CONTENTS

  • Tempo Compressors – ranging from 20 to 240 bpm in 10bpm increments.
  • Tempo Expanders – ranging from 25 to 235 bpm in 15bpm increments
  • Tempo Gates – ranging from 30 to 240 bpm in 30bpm increments.
  • Tempo Gluers – ranging from 20 to 240 bpm in 20bpm increments
  • Tempo Limiters – ranging from 20 to 240 bpm in 10bpm increments.

TEMPO COMPRESSORS 

Generally known for decreasing dynamic range, by adjusting the settings carefully, you can also acheive a sort of “reactive dance” feeling, which is more about imparting a sense of groovy movement.

MACROS:

  • Push – squeezes the threshold down, increasing potential compression. Adjusting this carefully is paramount.
  • Low End Punch – restores bass that may have been overly squashed, since low frequencies can tend to peak higher and eat up more headroom than others.
  • Level-Groove-Squish? – selects mode:
    • Level is for overall, gradual smoothing. Might be good for pads, ambient soundscapes, or live broadcast.
    • Groove is for enhancing a sense of “3D life” by symbiotically responding to the integral vibe.
    • Squish is for your typical reduction of dynamic range by curtailing too-loud moments.
  • Breathe vs Clamp – is your one-knob timing control, allowing transients to breathe more or less. Adjust it by feel.
  • Makeup Gain – is for adjusting the level of the compressed signal (pre dry-wet).
  • Dry/Wet%  makes it easy to implement in parallel and automate the amount.
  • To see the compression display, click “Show/Hide Devices” to unfold, then click the “Auto Select” arrow.

TEMPO EXPANDERS

The opposite of a compressor, an expander reacts to the same trigger signal, but instead of squeezing down on material that exceeds the threshold, it boosts those moments even more. Can be useful for re-invigorating overly flattened material, or to boost punchiness with minimal increase to the ambient noise floor.

MACROS:

  • Pull – stretches the threshold down, increasing potential expansion. Increase loudness without boosting the ambient noise floor.
  • Attack v Sustain -is your one-knob timing control, allowing to focus more or less on enhancing either the intial sharp transient, or the sustain that happens immediately thereafter.
  • Makeup Gain – in this case, you’ll generally be pulling it DOWN to level-match to the dry signal, rather than up.
  • Dry/Wet% – does that. Y’know.

TEMPO GATES

That annoying noise in-between note hits, where it’s supposed to be silent. Pretend it doesn’t exist. Gate it.

MACROS:

  • Gate – does that thing. The higher you lift it, the more stuff won’t be able make it through the gate.
  • Maintain – allows more material to get through a triggered gate.
  • Soothe – rounds off the behavior of the gating action, making it less choppy and more soft overall.
  • Makeup Gain – is not usually necessary when using gates, but if you’re chopping out a lot of energy you might want to boost the average up a little to make up for it.

TEMPO GLUERS

“Pick, Drop, Push, & Blend”

Despite its distinction as classic “buss” style compressor, they are used on individual tracks all the time, due to their ease-of-implementation thanks to the stepped controls and generally tasteful, refined sound.

You don’t even have to think about the timing controls for these. Just pick a tempo, drop the rack in, push it, gainstage it, and blend it. Done.

MACROS:

  • Push – squeezes the threshold, increasing potential compression.
  • SoftClip Output? – to more aggressively limit the output, if desired or needed.
  • Makeup Gain – you know what that is for. At least you should by now.
  • Dry/Wet% -yep mmhmmm.

TEMPO LIMITERS

For these, the lookahead is based on the tempo, but the release is highly adjustable. Fairly fast default release times are given, but the adjustable range for each is quite versatile. Slower release times can lead to a cleaner (but not as loud) end result.

MACROS:

  • Push – increases maximum potential limiting.
  • Recover – determines how soon limiting stops after being engaged. A longer recovery time will result in a cleaner, more polite sound; a shorter recovery will result in a louder, more aggressive sound.
  • Stereo Link? – can be turned off if desired, but that can result in some unnatural streo fluttering when wide-panned transients are mixed with sustained sounds. When to unlink? Probably not on busses or the master channel, but perhaps for certain types of stereo recordings, for instance an L-R mic pair that is somewhat dynamically off-balance.
  • Makeup Gain – do i need to say it?

NERDY JUNK

Segmentations of timing ranges for the presets were scaled in a way that made the most of the full available ranges of the native devices. These mathematically-derived scalings were then tested and fine-tuned thoroughly across various sorts of audio material to confirm their musicality and practicality when used at those bpms.

Tip: Double Trouble! Sometimes, a clip might be warped to be shown as half or double the tempo that it actually “feels like” (for example, a dubstep or trap beat with a “double-time” hi-hat pattern). In a case like this, simply use the rack with double (or half) the clip’s shown tempo.

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INSTALLATION

Our Products are generally provided as Zip file downloads which in all cases will need to be extracted and saved to your hard drive prior to installation. Details on the different file type provided and what to do with them are below.

.alp Files – These are Ableton Live Packs and will install directly into the Packs Section of the browser of Ableton Live. When you double click on them you will see a pop up window asking you to confirm that installation is ok as the files are described as “Legacy”. This is fine and you are ok to proceed, the packs are created using the format for an earlier version of Live and so remain compatible with the current version.

.amxd files – These are individual MaxforLive Devices and can be stored anywhere on your hard drive. We’d advise creating a folder for them and then adding that folder as a location within the Places section of Lives Browser.

Control Surface Scripts – Please refer to the individual User Guides provided with your download, an abridged version of the installation will be shown further down this page.

ClyphX Pro – Please refer directly to the manual and installation video for this specific product.

Novation Circuit Packs – These are provided as individual Sysex Files and as a complete bank file. All are to be installed using a version of the Circuit Editor and not via Novations Components back up utility.

DEVELOPER

PerforModule

PerforModule is the brainchild of Animus Invidious. Over the year Animus has collaborated with scores of artists from all over the world on songs appearing on various albums and compilations. He has mastering credits on about a dozen albums with his unofficial brand “Tasty Mastering”. Known for having sensibilities covering both acoustic as well as electronic music, he has mastered material by Astara Summers, Hopeful Heroines, Michael Garfield, Charlie Milo Trio, Phat Kid, StoneyBertz, Lil’ Flip and others. The most recent album mastered by Animus Invidious is “Face Our Own Reflection” by Joy Tru, which includes multiple songs that have achieved FM radio play reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners. As a Sound Designer Animus has assisted various musicians with tailored sound design tasks over the years (for example, he appears in the credits of the prog metal album Solipsism by the band Left Brain). In 2013, Animus started performodule.com and began sharing clever and useful custom Ableton Live racks which he had crafted. Shortly thereafter, his “Vocoverb” device was featured on Ableton Live’s website and the rest is history. LINKS – WEBSITE

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