Ableton Live Tips – Frequency Shifter for Analog Warmth
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Learn how to use Ableton’s Frequency Shifter plug in to add some Analog style pitch imperfections to your instruments or entire tracks. Can be used to add tremendous amounts of character to your sound!
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This 2 Minute Ableton Live Tip will show you how you can use the frequency shifter to introduce some subtle pitch movement, that emulates the characteristics of a more analog signal path. I’ve written about this before, but Digital music can be so perfectly in tune, which is not how acoustic instruments or analog synthesizers actually behave in the real world. Real instruments are almost never have perfect intonation, and a group of instruments can almost never be perfectly in tune with each other. Analog tape will also introduce some subtle pitch movement. Most of this stuff is more or less unnoticeable, but it does affect the overall sound and feel of the music. Enter Ableton’s Frequency Shifter Plugin. This gem can be used to create those slight imperfections on individual instruments or entire tracks.