So what is sampling and how does Ableton's Simpler sampler work? Well, let Laura Escudè show you!
In this "sampling-for-beginners" tutorial renowned violinist and electronic music performer Laura Escudè takes you through the very basics of sampling using Ableton Live's stock sampler, Simpler. She starts you off with an overview detailing the history of audio sampling from it's nascent beginnings with the famous Fairlight CMI through to software samplers of the present day.
From there you're off to a zoomed-in, zoomed-out look at the Simpler Plugin that is included with every copy of Live. Laura takes you through all of Simpler's parameters from envelopes to LFO's showing you how they work and how she uses them in her music. She discusses the differences between Simpler and Live's premium instrument, Sampler ... and also shows you how they work together!
Finally, Laura, includes a few "workshops" where she divulges the arcana behind her "Cello Wobble" sound and how to use Simpler in an Instrument Rack. Laura then puts it all together with a triptych of videos showing how she uses Simpler in her live performances.
So if you're new to sampling and want to know how to use Simpler - or if your just want to learn some cool sample playback techniques - "sample" this tutorial by Laura Escudè: Live's Simpler Sampler!
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Eric Freeman wrote on June 24, 2017
Very nice intro to using simpler; explained piece by piece of the simpler interface.
Loxley Sound wrote on December 9, 2016
Great information, and the demo track is an awesome example showing how all of the course's little concepts create one impressive project.
LXOR wrote on September 15, 2016
Simpler has been redesigned in later Ableton Live releases, so this information is semi-current.
Chaeya wrote on August 16, 2015
Excellent tutorial on getting started with Simpler. I was amazed by all the different sounds you could get out of it. Thank you!
Ian wrote on May 25, 2015
Thank you Laura! I had no idea the simpler sampler went this deep and had that many capabilities, it appears pretty small and straight forward when you open it, but I now realize it can go much deeper when I feel the need to wander down the sound design/sculpting hole, outside of other plug ins that do the same. Great ways to really find some original sounds, and the multi sample trick is too cool! Great course!
110dB wrote on February 16, 2015
This course is very helpful, but also very funny: D You can do very funny things!
Dsully wrote on January 5, 2015
This tutorial on the Ableton Simpler Clear and concise. I sat down in one night and felt completely confident using simpler.
Zekagiu wrote on January 4, 2015
Good rundown of how to use simpler. If you already understand how envelopes and LFO's work you can breeze through this. Interesting example of using a cello to create a completely different sound!
Jordan wrote on August 3, 2014
Surprisingly good course. Simpler is pretty simple, but it can do more than I thought. Thanks
Flyingsoulo wrote on July 13, 2014
Great course. Well thought out, easy to follow, great examples. I feel much more comfortable with Simpler and I look forward to checking into the other instruments in Ableton Live 9. I would definitely recommend this course. Thank you.