Although perhaps an often-overlooked Audio Effect in Ableton Live, Utility can be an invaluable tool in ensuring your mix is on point. With features such as Mono Bass, you can check that your low-end frequencies are impacting the stereo field as a singular force. Conversely, you can enable functions like Mid/Side mode to hear elements of your track dispersing efficiently across the stereo field and offer a more immersive listening experience.
In this Ableton Live Tutorial, Liam O’Mullane explains everything you need to know about Utility. From the aforementioned features to the simpler ones such as Gain and Balance, to the more mysterious ones like DC offset and phase reverse.
Liam O’Mullane, MusicTech’s Ableton Live expert, breaks down the features of Auto Pan and shows you how to create new textures in this week’s Ableton Live Tutorials video.
Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:
- Understanding Warp Modes
- Gating and sidechaining
- Auxiliary effects understood
- Creative Sidechaining
- Saving CPU
- Converting audio to MIDI
- Using Drum Rack
- Finding the root key of audio
- Understanding Reverb and Convolution Reverb
- Arpeggiator MIDI effect
- Hooking up MIDI controllers
- Using Cue Mode
- Track routing and monitoring
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.