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Hey folks! Merlyn Silva here, Ableton Certified Trainer and musician based in Aarhus, Denmark. I’m really stoked to have joined the Warp Academy team! This is my first video in a mini-series focused on Ableton’s Simpler.
Simpler underwent some mad changes when Live 9.5 was released, including in-device polyphonic warping, a new selection of analog-modelled filter circuits, and the introduction of three distinct ‘modes’.
We’re going to start off by looking at the Simpler Classic Mode. In combination with the new Warp feature, we’ll be taking a sample of my own voice and turning it into a gliding, unique lead instrument.
Over the next three videos, we’re going to have a deeper look at these modes; as well as walking through their key functions in the context of a quirky, Future Bass-inspired track. We’ll pick up some neat tricks and workflows that you can apply to your own music making.
You can download the project files for free at the top of this blog post, so you can have a deeper look at the techniques I’ll be showing you. I hope you enjoy!
About The Trainer
Merlyn Silva is a musician, educator and sound artist living in Aarhus, Denmark. Cutting his teeth as a guitarist in the early 2000’s touring with a string of rock and dub groups, Merlyn later took a left turn at the crossroads and enrolled to study theatre in 2006. Shortly after, he stumbled into Ableton Live whilst working on a production, in a search for a more elegant backing-track solution than a CD. He has been mesmerized with the software ever since.
In addition to releasing a stream of glitched-up, psychedelic bass music, producing for singers and creating installation pieces, Merlyn has undertaken extensive research and practice in the areas of motion-capture technology, interactive musical systems and contact microphones.
Merlyn’s academic history includes a Bachelors degree in Theatre from the University of Exeter (UK), and a Masters degree in Electronic Music from the Danish Royal Academy of Music (DIEM), where he is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma. After 10 years of using Live, Merlyn became an Ableton Certified Trainer in July 2016. Merlyn currently divides his time between teaching, performing, and promoting niche electronic music concerts in his adopted Scandinavian hometown.