Ableton Live’s Gate and the Stutter Effect.

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Stuttering or glitch, is a vocal effect achieved by chopping audio into a very small section, and then copying and pasting it repeatedly onto a track. Check out this simple video explaining how you can achieve the stutter effect using Ableton Live’s Gate Instrument. This same effect can also be achieved by other methods as well. 

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Stuttering has mostly been associated with dance music and electronica. It had its origins in the MIDI sequencing “machine gun effect.” Machine gun effect occurs when a sample is repeated numerous times in a row. Since the attack of these samples is identical, the resulting sound is very repetitive, resembling a machine gun. However, in creation of dance music, this effect, first appeared when snare drum rolls were quantized into small note values (64-128 BPM).

Artists including BT, Hybrid, Aphex Twin, and Autechre are considered pioneers of stuttering,

Below are a few artists that will give you an idea of how artists have incorporated stutter in their tracks.

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