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Envelopes and automation in Ableton Live

utomation is the process of recording mixer or device moves for playback later. The recorded movements appear inside Ableton Live as red objects called envelopes and breakpoints. We can use automation in the mixer, in MIDI tracks, for instruments, MIDI effects, audio effects and in audio tracks for audio effects. We can add automation by drawing it with a mouse or recording from a MIDI controller like a Novation Launch Control or Ableton’s Push; we can apply automation at clip and track levels. We use automation for three reasons: because there are jobs where we just don’t

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