The Ableton Utility is such a charming little device. I’m am going to show you 7 different ways that you can use the Ableton Utility to improve your mixes and workflow.
⚡️ 00:11 Volume Automation – Record your volume automation using the gain knob on the utility, this way you can use your faders for mixing post volume automation. This is such a great feature.
⚡️ 00:50 Diminish Button – Add a -20DB diminish button on the master track for Direct Monitoring. I have noticed that using a Focusrite for recording vocals the direct monitor level is always too low. This helps match the levels of the Direct monitor to the master. Also, you can use a diminish button to check the mix at different DB levels. Our ears hear different frequencies at different levels so checking your mix this way can improve it.
⚡️ 02:21 Bass Mono Button – This button allows you to choose a frequency that anything below this frequency will be put in mono. This is great for mixing. A lot of times we put lower frequencies in the center channel or mono to make a mix clean and tight.
⚡️ 03:34 Stereo Width – Use the width knob to spread your track’s stereo image. 0% is mono, 100% is unaltered and 400% is super wide
⚡️ 04:39 Guitar Tuner Mute / Mute Button – The Utility has a mute button. If you group a guitar tuner with the Utility at the end with the mute on, anytime you turn on the group, you can tune your guitar without the Audience hearing it.
⚡️ 05:22 Check your Mix in Mono – If you put a utility on the Master track, you can push the “Mono” to check your mix in mono. Listening to a mix in mono helps one adjust volume off tracks easier.
⚡️ 06:00 Phase Inversion – If you are recording drums with multiple microphones, these phase buttons on the Utility can help invert the phase for out of phase microphones.
⚡️ 06:20 Save the Utility on a Default Audio Track – Add a Utility to a blank audio track. Right click on the track and select “Save on Default Audio Track”. Now anytime you create a new audio track, the Utility will already be on your new track for you.
I hope this can help you. Thanks for watching
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