Vocals harmonizing together can be pleasant to the ear. With a basic knowledge of chord theory (1, 4, 7 is a Major Chord and 1, 3, 7 is a Minor Chord), we can create these through transposition in Ableton Live. Here’s how:
Step 1: In Arrange View, copy and paste your vocal track on to two new audio channels.
Step 2: Engage Complex warp mode on both copies.
Step 3: For a Major Chord “Harmony”, transpose the first copy up 4 steps and the second up (or down) 7 steps. For a minor key change the first copy can be moved up or down 3 steps.
Step 4: Mix the volume to a pleasing level for all vocal tracks until it sounds like a three part harmony.
2. (Robot) Rock the Vocoder!
Humans can fly with the help of airplanes, live longer with the aid of modern medicine, but only one device can help us talk like the robots; the Vocoder!
I’ve tried to get my hands on a software version of a Vocoder that is as easy to use (and sounds as great!) as a MicroKorg. Ableton delivered. Here are some great ways to get music sounds out of non musical sounds.
Step 1: For this example, I am going to use a sample of a voice saying “Please stand clear of the doors”.
Step 2: Start by dropping Ableton’s Vocoder on your vocal track.
Step 3: Drop Analog or Operator (or any other VST synth) on an empty MIDI channel.
Step 4: Program a simple set of chords on the Synth track (I am using G Minor and D Minor Chords for this example).
Step 5: So far we have two tracks, the MIDI track with the synth playing chords, and the vocal track (or in my case, speaking), lets merge the two together.
Step 6: Mute the synth track and on the left side of Vocoder (remember on the vocal track) choose your carrier to be External and your Audio Source to be your Synth track.
Ableton’s Beat Repeat can do some wildly amazing things. At first glance it may seem fairly chaotic (so chaotic, in fact, it can be quite intimidating.). Although, focusing in on these couple of parameters for vocal manipulation will help you get the glitch out.
Step 1: Add some warp points to a vocal track, preferably single words or short phrases.
Step 2: Once you have all of your warp markers set up, right click on the audio track and select “Slice to New MIDI Track”.
Step 3: Select the presets “Warp Marker” and “Built-In-0-Vel”. Click Okay.
Step 4: This will create a new MIDI track with Drum Rack on it. Drag a copy of Beat Repeat onto this new channel.
Step 5: Trigger any of the samples off. When you do, be quick to hit the “Repeat” button on the drum rack in order to catch a certain part of the phrase. Once you do, twist the “Grid”, “Pitch” and “Pitch Decay” knobs for some VERY interesting results.
Sourced from: AbletonLife