Music Tech Focus

AUTOMATION AND EDITING IN ABLETON LIVE

If automation is new to you, it basically refers to the way that you can record the movements of controls – such as faders on a mixer, or the knobs on a synthesiser – and edit them and replay them afterwards. It has revolutionised production, enabling us to easily apply complex micro-adjustments to our songs without having to do a final ‘live’ mix where we’d hit record and frantically run around tweaking everything in the studio.

An invaluable part of our creation and production workflows, automation can be captured during a real-time performance, or drawn in, in a more calculated way, using a mouse or trackpad. We can end up with sounds and mixes that would be difficult or impossible to achieve otherwise.

Nearly everything in Ableton Live can be automated. Once you’re in record mode, any control movement you make will be captured as part of that process.

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