Ableton Live - Quick Tip #2
Racks within a Rack. Working with multiple racks and the chain selector function.
The Audio Effect, Instrument and MIDI racks are one of my favourite features in Ableton Live. They are extremely useful both in the studio and on the stage in a live performance context.
If you haven’t used Lives’ racks before, in essence they allow us to chain multiple devices together to create complex signal processing chains or layered multitimbral instrument’s.
They can also be used to house multiple different instrument or effect chains, that we can then select between on the fly.
This feature is particularly useful for live performance, as it allows us to have say 10 different drum kits available on a single MIDI track. Helping us to reduce our track count and prevent our session from becoming overly cluttered.
To get started, we begin with a blank rack. If you want to create a multi-effect style device this should be an Audio Effect Rack, otherwise for a rack that contains numerous different instrument’s choose an Instrument Rack. See the GIF below for a quick guide to setting this up.
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