Merlyn Silva returns for the final instalment of our three-part mini-series on the different modes of Simpler. In this video we’ll be checking out Simpler Slicing Mode, which was without a doubt amongst the most exciting and innovative features introduced in Live 9.5.

With Slicing Mode, we can quickly and intuitively ‘play’ any sound we throw at Simpler, using it’s various features to hone in on the parts of the sound we want to work with, or otherwise discover something completely unexpected.

Merlyn will be walking through the various options Slicing Mode presents us with and applying what we find to the track we’ve been working on in the previous videos, transforming a sample of his voice into a pattern of rhythmic vocal chops. Before we finish, he’ll show you a great trick for getting out of the ’8 bar loop’ trap, too.

Don’t forget to download the free project file at the top of this blog post, so you can get hands-on with how the techniques have been implemented. We hope this helps you get the most out of this awesome device!

About The Trainer

wa-merlyn-silva-profile-picMerlyn 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.


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