And not one mention of Ableton’s multi-band compressor OTT setting? Ha! Ha! There are guys who will put one on every track. I honestly never used it until the other day. I tend to avoid multi-band compression. A friend of mine sent me a drum loop he’d created and wanted me to do something with it. It was a two bar loop, and it was kind an odd thing to begin with, as he’s an ambient guy, not a drum programmer (weird transient “snares” not on the downbeats, but an 8th note behind, and no compression) So, I made a quick break beat with Ableton’s Session Drum pack, ran both breaks through Trash 2, and did a drop and chop thing with Simpler. The two beats sounded great “genetically spliced”, but couldn’t get them to sit well together until I put an OTT at the end of the chain. Then they just clicked. From there I just did a bunch of micro-edits. The OTT setting is like fairy dust. It squashed all the peaks and raised the quieter transients so there weren’t any drop outs.
EDIT: I just tried posting the result, but my Dropbox link isn’t working, so you’ll just have to take my word that it was pretty awesome.
I tried to match the OTT settings with one of my other multi bands and it just didn’t work the same. Funny thing is, I’ve tried using Ableton’s MB before and it usually only made things sound worse. X-fer Records has a free version available for non-Ableton folks, by the way.