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How to warp and wrangle waveshapes with Ableton Live’s Wavetable

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Among Ableton Live’s more nuanced instruments is Wavetable. The synthesizer, true to its name, harnesses wavetable synthesis to morph between classic waveshapes and mould new, complex waveshapes. It doesn’t end there, though – Wavetable can also be used as a subtractive synth and even boasts FM properties. It’s time to find out how we can creatively incorporate Wavetable’s power into our productions.

In this Ableton Live tutorial, Liam O’Mullane gives you an introduction to Wavetable. You’ll learn what wavetable synthesis is and how you can apply it to your projects using the Wavetable device. Liam shows you the signal flow of the synthesizer and shows you how to create a range of gnarly sounds using the modulation matrix and effect modes.

Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:

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Those of you who already know Live inside and out, but are looking to explore other DAWs may want to check out our Logic Tips Series, following a similar pattern to this course.

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Date: 13 May 2021
Author: Sam Willings