Ableton Tutorial: Adding Life to Short Loops

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In the world of loop-based music, it can be easy to create music that sounds repetitive and redundant, and at worst, boring.  If you happen to be dealing an extremely short loop, a listener's interest can be lost fast.  

Fortunately Live allows you program automation that is longer than your loop.  So you can take a one bar loop and have a filter sweep from high to low over the course of four bars.  This will make your one bar loop sound like a four bar one.  Things get really exciting when you combine many different layers of automation of a variety of different lengths.  

I put together a Two Minute Ableton Tip showing how to make more expressive loops exclusively for Mode Audio. Check it out here