Convolution Reverb – New in Ableton Live 9

Ableton's latest video features the Convolution Reverb that comes with Live 9 Suite. It shows not only how you can use the presets, but also create your own spaces. Convolution reverb is a process used to digitally simulate the reverberation of any space. Based on the mathematical convolution operation, it uses a pre-recorded audio file containing the impulse response of the space to be modeled.

Convolution reverb can capture the ambience of a real space, or real hardware, and recreate it on a computer. You can go even further by tweaking the parameters of the built-in Convolution Reverb Pro to design spaces that could never exist in reality.

It was developed together with Alex Harker at Huddersfield University and includes over 200 IRs from professional acousticians, offering spaces from all over the world, vintage hardware, and more. Quite a few impulses responses of classic hardware were actually recorded in the studio next door.

By |2017-02-02T20:21:35+00:00March 13th, 2013|News|2 Comments

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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.


  1. Tonwelle March 27, 2013 at 22:53 - Reply

    What an awesome new tool is this! And you can build your own IRs too. The built in tutorial could be a bit more precise. Madeleine, maybe You can make a video on this with some advise? Who mentioned that M4L gives Live a new dimension? I forgot, but it’s true although Max isn’t the easiest way to walk. But it’s a real challenge!

    • Madeleine March 28, 2013 at 08:36 - Reply

      Let’s see what I can do. Right now I’m getting ready to take some time off over Easter. Using M4L devices is generally as easy as using Live devices. If you want to start programming, be patient, it’ll take some time. :)

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