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Blow the Kiss (demo) -The Horrorist

thingstocome on September 29, 2009 12:49


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    I've been working on an original song to be on a compilation being put together by Andy DeDecker. Andy is one of the members of the Belgian EBM group Ionic Vision. The compilation is original unreleased material and each song has to be sex related. In my normal workflow or "workslow" as I call it I create hundreds of different fills with different effects on each fill. This keeps what can be a monotonous electronic track amazingly dynamic and interesting. However, sometimes I want to work quickly and have a consistent sounding fill throughout the entire song. I create a chain of effects on a Return Channel and then increase/decrease it's volume along the timeline of the song in Arrangement View. As you can see in the case above where ever the Red Arrows peak (click song album art to increase it's size above left) Ableton shoots Reverb, Delay and Distortion over the Drums Channel. The fill/effect won't sound the exactly the same each time it fires because you are drawing little peaks in slightly different places. If you use a delay plug-in the difference where your peak is placed makes a dramatic difference in the timing delays you will hear. If at anytime you want to add a new peak of effects (our "fill") and the Breakpoint Envelope for your Return Channel is not showing simply click the small Send Box (top right Blue Arrow) to make it pop up. Easy, instant, changing Ableton Live Send FX Fills.

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    • Richter
      Richter on October 03, 2009 11:21

      Love the downbeat Oliver,sounds cool.I would do some vocals and i will use a lot of vocoder or even melodyne on it,in order to create something very particular.

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    • raytrace
      raytrace at 0.01 on September 29, 2009 18:41

      lovely close drum sound - cool arp too

    • DJ Ze MigL
      DJ Ze MigL on September 29, 2009 15:04

      Hi, Been a subscriber for some time, great tips btw. Thanks :)
      I am a fellow techno Dj/ Producer from Portugal as well. On account of these fills I just remembered to share a few of my own tricks ... suppa trigga plug in ( u can use it as an insert and have a key/ Midi Button to toggle on/ off. But my favorite is to use it as a aux send (with an High-pass around 300 Hz), then to add to the find use some father to bring it in/ out. Also on the same tip DFX Buffer Override ( by and LiveCut+Fire by the same people smartelectronix.
      If you really want to get crazy ... DFX Scrubby ( and Ohm Force Cohmpost (

      I haven't dabbed into this but you can also use racks with series of crazy efects and then automate they're action to do something within the lines of the new NI The Finger.

      OR use one group as a sort of submaster and then use dummy clips with lots of different envelopes activating and applying crazy automation to these sort of plugs...

      I'm quite sure you've used or already know most of this stuff but you never know, and it's also a nice way to give somethin' back.

      Kindest regards from Portugal,


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