How Multiband Compressor can shape your sounds in Ableton Live

Ableton Live’s Multiband Compressor can be a daunting device for the uninitiated. It can, however, be used in some creative ways to make the most out of your sounds.

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It can sometimes be a little confusing to know when to use multi-band compression. Although it’s commonly referred to as a tool for final mixdowns and mastering, the power of multi-band compressors can be harnessed to sound shape creatively. Ableton Live‘s Multiband Compressor fantastically presents a variety of features to manipulate your instruments.

In this Ableton Live Tutorial video, Liam O’Mullane shows you how to use Multiband Compressor to sculpt the character of your audio and define the impact of each frequency band. You’ll also learn about crossover frequencies, broadband compression and how to sidechain specific frequency bands.

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

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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