Use A MIDI-Mapped Ableton Filter To Mix Tracks

Use A MIDI-Mapped Ableton Filter To Mix Tracks


When using Ableton Live for DJing or as a live performance tool, an effective transition between two elements of a song or set is to use a Ableton filter sweep as a crossfader. In today’s tutorial, guest contributor Gary shares his technique for how to map a simple MIDI control (in this case a mod wheel) for such a transition.

Ableton Filter As Crossfader

It’s super simple to set up, with just a single EQ8 device on each track. The first has a MIDI-mapped hi-pass filter (to the mod wheel in this example but you could use a fader or dial if preferred) and the second has a low-pass filter, mapped to the same control. So as you move the mod wheel, the first track begins to blend smoothly into the next.

Get a handle on this concept and execute it yourself by following along in the video below:

Steps for Success:

  1. Add an EQ8 device on both tracks
  2. Enable one HP filter on one track
  3. Enable one LP filter on the other (bonus tip: make this a 4x filter curve to minimize low frequency spill)
  4. MIDI-map the mod-wheel (or any control) to both frequency dials, allowing you to have an EQ-based crossfader just from an Ableton filter!

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