Transform your Music with Polyphonic Pitch Bends!
In this article we’ll be learning how make expressive pitch bends and glides like never before, without using a hardware MIDI controller!
With the addition of MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) Live 11 has opened out endless possibilities of musical expression both inside the software as well as when using hardware controllers. One such feature we like using is polyphonic pitch bends.
Check out this video to learn how we can transform melodies, harmonies, and rhythms using the polyphonic pitch bends.
Please note that MPE features including these polyphonic pitch bend expressions are available only for certain instruments of Ableton Live (notably Wavetable and Simpler).
Try this out!
As a fun exercise to get you started, follow along with the video and start with a 4 or 8 bar musical section and work on editing individual layers similarly. Be careful to avoid disharmonic clashes between your parallel layers. One way to do this is by listening to adjacent tracks as you are working on one. In the video, I was listening to my bass as I was editing my harmony clip.
Link your music in the comments if you try this feature out! Also, let us know your thoughts or questions regarding this feature by replying to this post.