Ableton MIDI Pitch Plugin

ableton_midi_pitch.pngHere’s another simple but cool MIDI plugin, the pitch plugin. You could always go in and select all notes, and drag them to another pitch, but you could as well place this plugin into the track where the midi clip is running, and change it.

As an example, let’s say you have a couple of bass MIDI clips, in G major. And you have this DJ gig where the track is in F Major. You could drag in the MIDI clips, and just take down the pitch -2 semi-tones, and you are in business.

Or, you have a nice lead, but would like to use the same lead MIDI clip as a bass line, no problems, take it down -12 or -24 semitones, and key in a nice bass sound.

This plugin could also be tweaked with automation in the arrange view, you could open up the automation section and draw lines concerning pitch changes — now, I have a hard time figuring out where to use this, unless it’s a cool effect, but who knows, sometimes good music appears from experimentation.

The SW synth shown is Zebra CM, you could get it from the Computer Music DVDs, if not get one, it’s one of the best free SW synths ever released — and when you get the taste of ZebraCM, get the Zebra 2.0 version that is even more extensible.

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