Sampling with MPE in Sampler

In our latest video on YouTube, we asked Kédu Carlö to show us how they use the MPE feature in Sampler to rework elements of their tracks for live performance.

IIn this tutorial, Carly and Jess from Kédu Carlö show us how to use MPE within Sampler in Ableton Live 11. MPE, or MIDI Polyphonic Expression, is a way of using MIDI that allows digital instruments to behave more like acoustic instruments in terms of polyphonic sound control. Using MPE players can modulate parameters like timbre, pitch, and amplitude — all at the same time.

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Kédu Carlö are a New Zealand-based duo. After five years of exploring many areas of the music scene together and separately, locally and internationally – the duo have united their eclectic findings, ushering in a new era of their musical journeys as experimental electronic producers. 2020 saw the release of 3 vibrant house tracks – ‘Ije Ije’, ‘Donald’, and the acclaimed ‘2005 GTO’, then in 2021 they released their new EP Let’s Get To It.

Their unique sound is influenced by their musical backgrounds – Jess as a singer and keyboardist and Carly as a drummer. A strong reference to Chicago house, acid, techno, and breaks comes through in their music and their bold live sets, whilst distinctly marking their point of difference with the use of lush live percussion, melodic experimentation and sarcastic lyricism. They’ve self-described their style as ‘Afro Acid’. From the studio to the stage, Carly and Jess are full of surprises in their unapologetic style, punching into the scene as tastemakers and one-to-watch creatives.

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