Intro to Simpler Copy

In the last video we explored how to record with the Push2 in Ableton’s Arragement view. In this video we’ll change gears to understand how Ableton’s Simpler device works with the Push2 and the different modes of the Simpler.

  • An empty Simpler can be loaded to a track in Browse mode, instruments, Simpler. Once a Simpler is on a track, it will suggest loading a sample. After loading a sound, we’ll switch back to device view.

The waveform of the sample will be visible on the Push2’s display, along with a number of parameters that will allow you to change how the sample plays back. These first parameters that show up are the main bank of Simpler’s controls.

By default, Simpler will set certain parameters automatically based on the length of the sample. For example, short samples will play once when triggered while long samples will be warped and loop. If the sample is warped, it will playback at the global tempo of your project file, regardless of which note you play.

Any warp settings and markers of an existing warped clip will be preserved when dragging into a simpler.

The most important feature that determines how clips will be played back is the mode control. Simpler has 3 playback modes; Classic, One-Shot, and Slicing.

  • Classic is the default mode and is designed for creating melodies and harmonies with pitched samples. The pitch will change based on what note you hit. It has a full ADSR envelope. Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release (which shapes the volume of the sound over time as it plays back). It supports looping, is polyphonic by default, and samples will sustain as long as a pad is pressed.

  • One-Shot mode is designed for drum hits or short-sampled phrases and is only monophonic. It has simplified volume envelope controls, does not have looping, and by default the entire sample will play back, even when you let go of the pad.

  • Slicing mode will non-destructively slice the sample across the pad grid. You can adjust how sensitive simpler is to the transient peaks by turning the sensitivity knob. You can also adjust the position of slices, and create and delete slices. This mode is ideal when working with drum breaks or fills.

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If you want to know more about how simpler works, check out Ableton’s Manual on it here.