Ableton Live 10 ~ Amp

Ableton Live 10 ~ Amp

Ableton Live 10’s Amp is an audio effect that allows us to emulate the rich harmonic sound of seven different classic guitar amplifiers. With minimal knobs, we are able to bring the traditional guitar amp character to any incoming audio signal.

Raw guitar sounds are a great fit for this effect, but don’t be afraid to plop down an Amp effect on drums, synthesizers and any other sound sources.

I also want to note that Ableton’s Cabinet is designed to be a companion effect to Amp. Traditionally a Cabinet effect would be placed after the Amp effect in a device chain. I recommend playing around with different Amp and Cabinet combinations to find what works best for you.

Amp Models

Amp Models = 7 different Amp models

Clean = Modeled after the “Brilliant” channel of classic 1960’s amps which was widely used by guitarists during the British Invasions (AKA when The Beatles became more than bugs)

Boost = Modeled after the “Tremolo” channel of the same classic 1960’s amps (more dirty)

Blues = Modeled after a 1970s-era amp used by country, rock & blues guitarists (brighter than clean)

Rock = Modeled after a classic 45 watt amp from the 1960s which might have been the most sought after rock amp of all time (heavy distortion)

Lead = Modeled after the “Modern” channel of a high-gain amp which is popular among metal guitarists (high end harmonics)

Heavy = Modeled after the “Vintage” channel of the same amp which again is popular among metal and grunge guitarists (full spectrum of harmonics)

Bass = Modeled after a rare PA from the 1970s which became popular with bass players (strong low end + fuzz)

Timbre Controls

Gain = Adjust the input amplitude fed into the amplifier

// Tip = The amount here will ultimately determine the intensity of distortion

Volume = Adjust the output amplitude fed out of the amplifier

Bass = Adjust the amplitude of low end frequencies

Middle = Adjust the amplitude of mid frequencies

Treble = Adjust the amplitude of high end frequencies

// Tip = Extreme adjustments on any of these EQ controls can produce variations in distortion amount

Presence = Further adjust the mid-high frequencies (adding to or taking away edge or crispiness)

Output = Toggle between a mono and stereo output signal

Dry/Wet = Adjust the mixture between the unprocessed and processed signal

Cabinet Example

Now that we understand Amp’s parameters, lets test out a few different Amp and Cabinet combinations. Adding a Cabinet effect after some of the harsher sounding Amp modes can soften the high end while still achieving the gritty distorted guitar sound.

Video

00:30 = Overview
01:13 = Amp Models
04:22 = Timbre Controls
06:34 = Cabinet Example

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