How do I record a kalimba with Ableton Live?

Have you ever wanted to capture the unique, magical sound your kalimba makes? Then you've come to the right place! In this article, we'll teach you step-by-step how to record a kalimba using the powerful features of Ableton Live.

đź‘Ť A few steps to follow before getting started

  • Check that your microphone is properly connected and in good condition.
  • Check that your kalimba is in perfect condition and not out of tune.
  • Download and install the latest version of Ableton live.
  • Open Live and create a recording project.
  • Go to the Options menu and change the audio parameter refresh time to 15 ms.
  • Set your microphone volume level to around -15 dB.

🚀 Start recording!

  1. In Live, move the audio input from which recording is to take place from the main bus to the working track.
  2. Press the work track icon. Press the Record button and start playing your kalimba. Live automatically starts recording.
  3. Once recording is complete, you can press the work track icon again and click the Stop button to stop recording.
  4. As soon as recording is complete, you can move the audio input from the working track to the main bus.

🤔 Tips for perfect recording

  • Try to play the kalimba away from the microphone to avoid echoes.
  • Use a low-frequency filter to remove unwanted noise if necessary.
  • Check that the volume level and refresh time of your microphone's audio settings are correct.
  • Use a rubber sleeve to increase the recording quality of your kalimba.
  • If you're using a condenser microphone, be sure to set the gain level to an appropriate level.

As you can see, recording a kalimba with Ableton Live is actually very easy. Once you've learned how, you'll be able to create unique and beautiful pieces with the unique sound of your kalimba. Take a look at the files produced by to learn more about recording a kalimba and how to use it creatively! 🤩