Grain Delay: Ableton’s Hidden Gem
Here’s how you can use Ableton’s Grain Delay effect to transform your everyday recordings into glistening bursts of harmony.
For this example, we recorded and layered a few glass objects being struck with a small hammer.
1. Here’s the dry signal
2. Now we’ve added our first Grain Delay, set to rise a perfect 5th every instance.
3. The second grain delay rises .2 semitones each instance, giving the effect of a constant rise. We use ‘Spray’ to randomize the delay timing slightly.
4. The 3rd grain delay falls .2 semitones each instance.
5. Here is the final processed signal with pitch-shifted reverb and other effects.