Ableton Live 9′s Sample Editor can be considered a powerful sampler. Using effects and clip envelopes, you can craft your audio files and create a totally new sound. Instead of loading a new file into a Session View slot, try to drop it on the top of the existing one directly into the Sample Editor. Live will update the waveform and keep all the clip envelopes you created earlier. This opens some interesting manipulation possibilities. For example, load an audio file and using unlinked clip envelopes, automate a Utility effect’s gain control to create a rhythmic pattern.
Duplicate the track and double-click onto the newly created clip so you can see its waveform. Open your browser and drop a new file onto the sample editor – right onto the waveform. Move the envelope playback starting point within its loop. This creates complex rhythmic interactions between the two files and can result in some very interesting sound design! If this tip inspired you to get creative with Ableton Live, find out more about our courses here.