Going Deeper into... Auto Filter


Auto Filter

Besides being a handy tool for a quick cut or filter automation, Ableton's Auto Filter has the ability to add multiple layers of interest to a sound. Join our head instructor Adam Johan as he digs into 3 ways to get more out of Auto Filter.


By selecting one of four alternative circuit types, we have the ability to add drive to a sound. What is drive you ask? Essentially, drive emulates the sound of an analog signal being overloaded or run hot (read: loud) into a piece of gear. As we crank the drive knob, we are treated to additional harmonics and grit. A little bit of drive can add presence to a sound, whereas a lot can completely transform a sound. Learn how to use Auto Filter's drive function in the video below.


Tired of your filters just lying around all day? Use the envelope amount to add some movement to those lazy filters. As we increase the envelope amount, Auto Filter will begin to respond to whatever signal is being fed into it. The result is that the filter is temporarily opened (positive envelope) or closed (negative envelope) according to the input signal and the attack and release settings. Learn how to use Auto Filter's envelope function in the video below.


Probably our favorite feature. The LFO inside Auto Filter is used to modulate (move) the cutoff frequency of the filter back and forth. Even a little bit of movement goes a long way and one of the reasons we love it so much is because it helps static (boring) sounds feel more alive. Learn how to use the LFO inside Auto Filter in the video below.

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