Ableton Live:Impulse drum module overview

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The Impulse drum sampler can load up to 8 samples that can be triggered via a keyboard controller, the keys on your keyboard, or a MIDI clip.


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Contents

Impulse

You can add audio files to any of the 8 drum pads by simply dragging and dropping the files to them. You can also edit files in Lives arrange window and then add them to the impulse.




Most of the parameters (except the three on the right most side) affect whatever individual pad is selected.The three on the right side affect the entire module.


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Drum Pads

The drum pads have 4 buttons attached to them. (image below)

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Mute

Mutes the pad

Play

Plays the sample

Solo

Solos the pad

Swap sample

Allows the user to swap the sample using Abletons browser window



Sample specific parameters

Start

This is a start attack time

Soft

This "softens" the start time (attack) of the audio

Transp

This transposes the selected pad

Velocity

This changes the speed of the sample based on how fast you play a note.

Random

This is a random velocity setting. It's similar to the Velocity setting only it is random and not set

Stretch

This is a time stretch setting.It changes the playback length of the sample assigned to the selected pad.

Velocity

This changes the time stretch based on the velocity of the notes played. This value can be negative which means if you hit the note quietly it will stretch more.

Mode

A and B modes are program defined processing algorithms. A is considered better for low frequency material and B is better for high frequency material.

Drive

Drive is a distortion effect . It is only active when the Sat button is enabled

Sat

The Sat button is short for Saturation. This enables the drive effect.

Freq

This is the frequency selector for the impulse filter. This can only be used after turning on the Filter button below it.

Filter

This is the on/off switch for the impulse filter

Mode

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The Mode is the type of filter that is assigned to Impulse.

The options are LP1,LP2,BP1,BP2,HP1,HP2 and Notch.

LP1 & LP2

LP stands for Low Pass and LP2 is a more aggressive (lower) low pass filter than LP1.

BP1 & BP2

BP stands for Band Pass. BP2 is a more aggressive filter than BP1

Res

Res is short for resonance and is the bandwidth of the filter

Velocity

This allows you to affect the filter based on how hard (or soft) the notes being triggered play.

Random

This allows you to affect the filter based on how hard (or soft) the notes being triggered play in a random unpredictable manner


Decay

This is a decay setting.

Trigger / Gate

This determines if the decay "cuts off" when the sample is re-triggered.If it's set to trigger it won't cut off, if it's set to gate it will cut off.

Pan

This pans the sample left or right.

Velocity

This makes the panning of the sample dependent on how fast the note is played.

Random

This is similar to velocity only the effects are not predictable. The panning is random.

Volume

This is the volume of the sample.

Velocity

This makes the volume of the sample dependent on how fast or slow it's triggered.

M

This Mutes the sample

S

This Solo's the sample


Module's global parameters

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Volume

This changes the volume of all sounds on all pads

Time

This changes the length (time) of all sounds on all pads

Transpose

This transposes the pitch of all sounds on all pads