Ableton Live 9 ~ Operator

Ableton Live’s Operator is an advanced and flexible synthesizer that combines the concept of “frequency modulation” (FM) with classic subtractive and additive synthesis.

Don’t be deceived by it’s size. This little guy packs a heck of a punch. If used correctly, it's just as powerful as synths like Serum, Massive, FM8, etc. And because it comes free with Live 9 Suite, it is super CPU friendly within Ableton, which is a massive deal if you’re a layer slayer!

For sound design and synthesis, this is no place to be ending but definitely somewhere to start. And there’s really no need to ask, if you master this synth, you’ll realize how smooth this operator actually is.

In this video, I discuss every single parameter of Operator. I take you through the all four oscillators, the LFO section, the Filter section, Pitch controls and Global controls. We will explore the depths of each knob and slider and I also explain the differences between FM synthesis and additive synthesis. Hopefully by the end of the video you will be able to create your own sounds within Operator! This synth is a great start for any new sound designer, especially if you are brand new to Ableton Live and music production in general.


00:21 = Overview
01:20 = Oscillators
10:07 = Routing Algorithms
12:59 = Global
16:17 = LFO
19:56 = Filter
24:21 = Pitch


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