Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 10 – Drawing Envelopes

There are two kind of envelopes in Live, clip envelopes and automation envelopes. These can be added via MIDI controllers or drawing. Or a combination of both.

To draw envelopes, you need to turn on the Draw Mode by either clicking on the pen icon in the Control Bar or pressing Ctrl + B (Win) or Cmd + B (Mac). Now you can simply draw the envelope curves. Steps are created according to the grid settings.


You can use the commands I described in part 1 of the Workflow Tips series to widen or narrow the grid. For freehand drawing you can turn off the grid with Ctrl + 4 (Win) or Cmd + 4 (Mac). If you want to still see the grid, but enable freehand drawing, simply hold down Alt while drawing.

I personally love using this feature to automate track panning. What do you (want to) use it for?

Missed the other tutorials in the series? It begins with Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 1 - The Editing Grid.

By | 2017-02-02T20:23:17+00:00 December 20th, 2012|Ableton Live Tutorials|1 Comment

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Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.

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  1. […] This way to the first in the series Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 1 – The Editing Grid. The last one is Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 10 – Drawing Envelopes. […]

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