Hey friends! Das Nibley back again this week with another production tip. While last week’s post was more general or philosophical advice, this week we will get more technical and take a look at one of the more underutilized effects in Ableton Live: Utility. Ableton’s Utility can perform a variety of useful tasks on anything from individual tracks to entire mixes, but the parameter we will focus on today is its Width control (the most useful in my opinion).
It is easy to see how useful the Width control can be for a variety of situations. For example, try adjusting the Width to somewhere above 100% (say 125%) to “widen” your audio. Don’t forget though that when you do this, you are also removing signal from the middle (and vice versa for when using Width values below 100%)! If you have any questions about how to apply this to your productions, just leave a comment below and I'll get back to you. Check back next week for more tips!