5 ways to create your own FX in Ableton Live with Alina Smith

Alina Smith is a producer and songwriter who’s one half of the renowned production team LYRE.

Through both her own solo artist career as well as collaborations with everyone spanning Fall Out Boy and Betty Who to ITZY and Red Velvet, Alina Smith has developed a skillset around sound design that’s simultaneously broad and deep.

In the video above, Alina Smith opened up a fresh Ableton Live session to share five of her top sound design gems with the Splice community. From designing exciting sweeps and impacts to getting creative with automation, her versatile tips are definitely ideas that you’ll want to consider incorporating into your own productions.

If you’re interested in following along with the exact sounds that Smith used in this tutorial, you can find them in LYRE’s Perfect Pop sample pack.

“What I really want to come across with this tutorial is that this is not an exact science,” Smith emphasizes at the end of the video. “It’s really a lot about experimentation and seeing what you can get, so please don’t be afraid to do that. Resample things as many times as you need to, use as many effects as you want, and just have fun with it.”

What was your favorite sound design tip from this video? What sorts of topics in music production would you like to see us explore on the Splice YouTube channel next? Let us know in the comments section of the video.

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March 26, 2022

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.