Learn how to use Ableton Live’s Operator

Ableton Live’s hybrid synth is far more powerful than it looks.

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It can be easy to get carried away with plug-ins and soft synths but its even easier to overlook the powerful synths that lie within your DAW. Ableton Live’s Operator is capable of FM, subtractive and additive synthesis, offering huge potential for sound design. If you’ve not dived into Operator yet, now is a great time.

In this Ableton Live tutorial, Liam O’Mullane gives you an overview of Operator. You’ll get a comprehensive introduction to the hybrid synth, learning about its different approaches to synthesis, different filter modes and its multiple algorithm paths. You’ll also learn how to colour your sound with a range of built-in distortion modes.

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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