- Works in Live 9.1+
- Requires Live Glue Compressor
- Requires Live EQ8
- Supports VST Only (no AU Support)
- Works on PC/MAC
- Supports 32/64 Bit
- Supports Push MK1/MK2
- Requires Lennar Digital Sylenth1
The Compressor is your bread and butter in mixing. If you know can really wield EQing and Compression, then you can deal with 80% of all problems when mixing. The Compressor is probably the most used Ableton live device. Even though producers constantly grab the compressor, there are some less known features that can greatly help the mix. Good gluing mix buss compression on an SSL is about just making the needle jump a bit. On tracks, go ahead and slam it and use the dry-wet control. It's great for intense parallel compression. Another difference between the stock comp and glue is the glue has a soft clipper, which can add some really pleasing transient rounding to some sounds.
One of the new effects in Ableton Live 9 is the Glue Compressor, which can help “glue” your mix together and create a more uniform sound. This new device was created in partnership with analog software modeling experts Cytomic, who have created an effect that aims to re-create the behavior and sound of an SSL bus compressor, which Evan explains “has been known to glue mixes together.”. Ableton live compressor makeup; More from Ableton:Download Ableton Live Suite 10 1 3 Create bolder sounds with Live’s new devices. Live comes with a versatile collection of instruments, sounds, kits and loops for creating any kind of music and provides a full complement of effects to tweak and process your sound.
Each preset is loaded into an Ableton instrument rack. The rack contains an EQ8 and Glue compressor on the output to help shape the sound. The Glue compressor is in an off state but can be activated if required.
The Macro controls are mapped to some basic EQ and Compressor functions.
Within the Sylenth instrument are a large number of mapped controls accessible from Push. These have been grouped as logically as possible into pages so controls do not spill over multiple pages.
The free version of the preset pack contains the first 2 factory preset bank to allow you to test drive how it will work for you.
Updated: The Full version now contains 6 factory banks (2047 presets) plus an additional 2783 bonus preset files from various additional banks for a total of over 5000+ presets.
you can download a free test version which contains the first 2 factory libraries
The full version is available after payment with an immediate download.
26 Jun 2017 – v1.1
- Updated readme file
- Added Factory Banks 5 + 6 from Sylenth v3 update
- Added additional 3rd party banks
31 Jan 2016 – v1.0
– Initial Copy
The free version of the preset pack contains the first factory preset bank (511 presets) to allow you to test drive how it will work for you. If you like how it works and would like the complete pack simply Register on our site, send a $10 donation (or more if you really appreciate the work) and then we will activate your personal download.
The donor version contains all 4 factory banks (1360 presets) plus an additional 2354 preset files from various additional banks. You do not need to install the extra banks, these will all work out of the box saving the need to open different factory banks within Sylenth1 (YAY).
This is what a beginner standard Ableton Live mastering chain with only native devices should have in it!
- What does a mastering chain look like?
- What does it have in it?
- What are the settings?
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The real issue with these questions are that each track is different. Each genre is different. Everything is specific. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t get something like a starter kit going.
I have made a number of mastering racks in the past and most come with tutorials and/or walk-throughs. Downloading them and watching the video tutorials will go a long way to helping you understand what goes into a mastering chain in Ableton Live.
This post is a guide to what most mastering chains will have in them and some of the settings to be aware of and explanations of why. This is not the end all be all, and like I said before all tracks will be different. This is just enough to get you started!
Read through and / or Download the Mastering Rack Below!
From first to Last Device (left to right in the chain).
“Saturation is a process that has its roots firmly in the analog domain. Mix engineers using tape would print ‘hot’ levels to create a type of compression, which is known as tape saturation.
“When tape is driven in this way and the level meets 0db (and a fair way beyond) the level clips, but in the analog realm this is known as ‘soft clipping’. The end result is a satisfying, fuzzy overloaded signal which displays natural compression and limiting characteristics. Engineers would use this as a tool on certain elements on the mix.” – music.tutsplus.com
We add Ableton’s Saturator to the mastering chain first to add warmth to the mix and also an almost vintage feel, as if our digital noise is being processed through physical hardware.
A good setting to start with might be the Analog Clip or Soft Sine algorithms. Drive +1 , DC filter on, no Coloring, no Soft Clipping, Output at 0dB, and at 50% Dry / Wet.
A Bit Warmer, Dynamic Tube Preset, 50% Wet
“Dynamic Tube is a tube saturation effect that has a built in envelope follower that is perfect for dynamic tonal variations. There are three tube models available, labelled A, B, and C.” – proabletonproducer.com
- Tube A does not produce distortions if Bias is set low
- Tube B is a combination of Tube A and Tube C
- Tube C produces distortion all the time
We add this for a bit more digital warm that follows the signal pathways dynamically. A good starting point is the “A Bit Warmer” preset in Live. Just go ahead and turn the Dry / Wet to 50% to start with.
Glue Compressor Drums
Glue Compressor, Mastering Chian – Gentle Two Buss Modified
“Glue Compressor, a new device modeled on a popular vintage bus compressor [SSL] from the 1980s, known for “gluing” the mix together.” – Ableton.com
Next we will compress the drums. Live has a number of great Glue Compressor presets for this! I suggest using the Full Parallel or Soft Two Buss presets to see how they sound.
You want to be careful not to use two much make-up, if any at all. The goal here is only to tighten up the lower end of the drums and percussion, and even some bass, not add any gain in volume.
If you are looking for a good video tutorial on the Glue Compressor you should check out this one by Dubspot. I found it on Ableton’s website, so it is safe to assume the information is on point!
“The EQ Eight effect is an equalizer featuring up to eight parametric filters per input channel, useful for changing a sound’s timbre.” – Ableton User Manual
Just like all the other devices this one is going to highly depend on your premaster, genre, and desired result. I have made a number of great presets for EQ 8, from Ozone 6 and Ozone 5 mastering software. I believe they are great starting points.
Some general tips for mastering with the EQ 8.
- Roll off the ultra sub end.
- Slightly dip the mid range with a small Q.
- Gently boost the high shelf.
- Mid / Side
- Roll off quite a bit of low end, to taste
- larger dip with large Q in the mid range
- slightly boost the higher end
Standard Compression in the Mastering Chain
“A compressor reduces gain for signals above a user-settable threshold. Compression reduces the levels of peaks, opening up more headroom and allowing the overall signal level to be turned up. This gives the signal a higher average level, resulting in a sound that is subjectively louder and ”punchier” than an uncompressed signal.” – Ableton User Manual
He we are going for a bit louder, tighter, and punchier, but without over compressing and losing too much dynamic information in the process!
- Ratio 2.5 : 1
- Attack 5.5 ms
- Release 20.0 ms
- dry / wet 50%
- Threshold -18dB
- Knee .8dB
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Limiter, Mastering Chain, Increases Final Volume without Clipping
“The Limiter effect is a mastering-quality dynamic range processor that ensures that the output does not exceed a specified level. Limiter is ideal for use in the Master track, to prevent clipping. A limiter is essentially a compressor with an infinite ratio.” – Ableton User Manual
We use this bad boy last in the chain to get our volume. You still need to be careful of over compression though! I think it is best to leave this at 0dB to start. Then slowly turn it up until the loss in dynamics is more than the volume gained.
A ceiling between -0.3 and -0.5 is a good range with .12 ms release time.
Finally. Group this chain into an Effects Rack!
Now that you have some standard starting points for a decent Ableton Live mastering chain it might be a good idea to wrap them all into a group and save for later! Select all the devices and hit Cntrl + G or right click and select Group from the fly out menu.
Now you can map the important parameters, up to 8 of them, to the macro knobs for easy use in the future! I have mapped what is shown and labeled in the picture. I have also set the parameters up as a simple drag and drop mastering rack, with room to do a lot more processing!
Download the Standard Mastering Chain / Rack Template