How to use the Ableton Live GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect

This tutorial shows the user how to use the Ableton Live GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect.

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On the modern days of audio mixing, the digital tools that engineers use in order to shape the recorded sound are called Plugins. Plugins can emulate the behavior of vintage analog pieces of gear, or simply act as clean/linear digital signal processors, performing tasks such as equalization, compression, limiting, expansion, gating, time-domain effects, etc. Ableton Live comes with a variety of proprietary plugins (effects) that can help the user mix a music production completely “in-the-box”.

One of the most used inserts that come with Ableton Live is the GLUE COMPRESSOR, which can be defined as a device that resembles the stereo compressors included on vintage analog boards that were typically used to “glue” the overall mixes coming out of the boards before getting printed to the master tape.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will explain how to use the GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect in Ableton Live 10:

 

  1. Create a Live Set with at least one audio track. Make sure the audio track has at least one audio clip assigned to it.

How to use the Ableton Live GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect

 

 

2. From the Browser, search for Audio Effects -> Glue Compressor:

How to use the Ableton Live GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect

 

 

3. Drag and Drop the Glue Compressor audio effect on top of the audio track.

As soon as this effect has been dropped on top of the track, it is easy to see how the Glue Compressor audio effect now appears on the device view of the track.

How to use the Ableton Live GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect

 

 

It is easy to see from the previous picture, the Channel EQ audio effect has several parameters that can be explained as:

  • Attack: This knob controls how much time it takes for the compressor to achieve maximum compression once the input signal has crossed the threshold. The numbers refer to milliseconds.
  • Release: This knob controls how much time it takes for the compressor to stop compressing once the input signal has fallen below the threshold. The numbers refer to seconds.
  • Ratio: This knob sets the ratio between the input and output levels of the compressor.
  • Threshold: This knob sets the input level at which the compression will start to happen.
  • Makeup: This knob sets the amount of gain applied to the signal at the output of the compressor.
  • Soft: When this button is engaged, the compressor applies a soft clip characteristic described as wave-shaping distortion, liming the maximum output to -0.5 dB.
  • Range: This knob limits the extent of compression, keeping a more natural sound.
  • Dry/Wet: This knob adjusts the balance between the affected and unaffected signals.

 

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use the Glue Compressor to gently control the highest transients as much as 3 dB’s. The Glue Compressor audio effect will be set as:

  • Attack: 3.
  • Release: 0.1.
  • Ratio: 2.
  • Threshold: 0.
  • Makeup: 0.
  • Soft: OFF.
  • Range: 70.
  • Dry/Wet: 100%.

 

4. Apply the previous configuration, and the Glue Compressor audio effect should look like this:

How to use the Ableton Live GLUE COMPRESSOR audio effect

 

 

At this point we have successfully explained how to use and configure the Glue Compressor audio effect in Ableton Live 10. The tutorial has now finished.

 

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