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Humanize Chord Progessions in Ableton

May 3, 2018Misc Inc

With a digital audio workstation (DAW) it’s never been easier to write melodies and chord progessions.

But with more and more time spent on creating such harmonies, you realize that it’s not sounding quite as human as if it would sound like if you played it by hand.
You either can choose to record it live now or humanize what you already have.

The right groove

Add a groove to your clip with the chord progression.

Set the timing to 0% and add some random (10 % – 40%).

Groove Settings

Hit commit in the clip and the single notes should be set slightly off grid now.

This emulates the playling of a human being.

Before Groove
After Groove


Now you can even go further and add the midi effect ‘velocity’.
Set the random to max. 20 and see how that sounds.

Velocity settings

You’re basically done now. You might go for some special expressions and some emphasis of some single notes, but this will give a headstart for sure.

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