Frequency Shifter Transition Effect

Audiotent Ableton Frequency Shifter

Audiotent Tip #432 // Frequency Shifter Transition Effect

Transition FX are the final gloss in your mix and arrangement. They tell the listener a change is about to happen and provide an extra layer of complexity.

In this tip, we’re not talking about your standard white noise sweep. We’re talking about subtle automation effects that ease transitions.

Take a listen to the transition below:

Did you hear what was happening? No? Ok, here’s the transition sound in isolation:

What you hear there is a 16th note shaker with a frequency shifter. To create the effect, automate the frequency shifter pitch parameter down towards the end of the bar while increasing the amount of reverb.

In this example we used the stock Ableton Live frequency shifter plugin.

Ableton frequency shifter

Here is the automation. Going from 0.00Hz down to -1.48kHz.


This is just one of many tips and techniques you will learn inside our latest Ableton Live project file called MERCURY. More info here.

Listen to the full track below.

2 Comments on “Frequency Shifter Transition Effect”

  1. John Holt

    Love this tip! Subtle but effective, great transitions seem like something that take tracks from being good to being professional. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely look in to the Mercury project.

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