Free Ableton Pack #79: Ohh to Ahh Vocal Synth

Free Instruments for Ableton Live, Created with Vocal Samples

A few years back, I recorded a track called “B and C Down in History.”  In the very beginning I created a sound by sampling my voice and putting it inside Ableton’s Sampler instrument.  It’s the first sound you hear in the song and it comes back periodically through out.  Give it a listen below:

I really liked the character a vocal sample gives on a synth.  It’s not perfectly in tune, and it sort of captures the soul of a living breathing person.  So I decided to tidy up the instrument I created for this song, and release it to you for free :)

Inside the Ohh to Ahh Vocal Synth for Ableton Live

Ableton Vocal Synth AfroDJMac

All of the sonic magic happens entirely in Sampler.  Don’t worry if you don’t own Sampler, the download includes a version made with Simpler.  The macro knobs control the Frequency and Resonance of the Filter.  You can add in some FM Oscillation.  There is control over the Attack and Release, Stereo and Stereo Width.  The final knob allows you to mix between an Ooooh sound and an Aaahhh sound.  You can have just one, an equal mix of them both, or any combination of the two.

Something Extra with Aftertouch, Great for Ableton Push Owners

My main keyboard instrument has become Ableton Push.  I love the guitar like layout, it feels very familiar to me and my fingers.  It’s been a lot of fun to explore the Aftertouch on the pads.  For this instrument, Aftertouch will increase the volume and vibrato the harder you press.  It adds another level of expression for anyone with an Aftertouch enabled MIDI controller.

I hope that sounds fun and check out the video below for a little improvisation and compete walkthrough of features.  Then download it below and enjoy!


Dubstep Basses for Ableton Live

I’ve just released a Premium Ableton Pack made up of instruments and effects perfect for created Dubstep or the dreaded cousin, Brostep!  It’s five different Instrument Racks that can be tweaked to a wide range of sounds, as well as five Multi Band Audio Effect Racks.  Though they were designed with Dubstep in mind, feel free to make all kinds of music with it!  More info here.

AfroDJMac Live In New York Area

If you are around the New York area, I have to Gigs coming up.  The first is tonight in Babylon at a small local bar called Bartini.  It’s right next to the train Babylon Train station on the Long Island Railroad.  Here’s the Facebook Event.

The second is Tuesday Night at The Sidewalk Cafe, in the East Village, NYC.  I’ll be playing synths in my friend Chris P Cauley’s band, and then later that night I return as AfroDJMac to do my full live electronic show.  I hope you can make it!

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  • Derek C. F. Pegritz

    Dude–awesome track! Even awesomer synth design, though. I swear half of my Ableton Live sound arsenal comes from you. Thankfully, my stuff is a LOT creepier than yours, so there won’t be any confusion.

    • AfroDJMac

      Thanks Derek, I’d love to hear the evil side of these sounds >:)

  • Dr. Doctor

    Dude, is it possible to save midi configurations, or do you have to map each macro to a midi controller every time?

    • AfroDJMac

      They get saved into a Live set, but not within the instrument rack.

      • Dr. Doctor

        So basically you can saving midi mappings for an instrument, as long as you keep using that live set? I was hoping you could create packs for specific controllers :( Thanks for your time!

  • jerry

    is there any way those who dont have ableton 9 can get this going?

    • AfroDJMac

      Not that I’m aware of :(

  • Alex

    any chance you’d be willing to hook an amazingly poor artist up with this one? I cant live without this thing and there’s no way for me to use credit cards in my country : (

    • AfroDJMac

      Alex, this instrument, Vocal ooh to ahh synth is a free download, no credit card needed. The widget is right below the video. Enjoy!

      • Alex

        My apologies, i think i posted this in the wrong post. i am after your mega awesome
        Dubstep Basses for Ableton Live pack…

        • AfroDJMac

          Please send an inspiration email to

          • Alex

            Inspiration Email has been sent : )