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Ableton Live Racks Explained®

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    What is a Rack?

    Scottie gives a general description of what a rack is and why we would want to use one. You will also learn how to load a factory rack.

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    Rack Types

    In this video Scottie goes over the four different types of racks and explains when to use each (MIDI Effect, Audio Effect, Instrument and Drum)

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    Loading & Saving

    Join Scottie as he shows where to find the different factory rack presets and how to save and recall your own presets.

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    Rack Layout

    Learn the main sections in a rac, Show/Hide, Macro Controls, Chain List and Devices.

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    Audio & MIDI Effect Racks

    In this video, dive a little deeper and create our own Effect Rack by grouping, dragging and reordering Effects.

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    Instrument Racks

    Scottie shows how to create an Instrument Rack and how Instruments & Effects can be grouped together to create complete presets.

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    Drum Racks

    See how to drag samples and instruments into a Drum Rack in order to create a new Drum Rack. Scottie also goes over Pad View.

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    Using Multiple Chains

    In this video, learn how to create more than one Chain resulting in parallel processing. Scottie also organizes and mixes those chains and discusses their routing. You will also see some really cool applications for using an Effect and Instrument Rack.

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    Drum Rack Chains

    In this video, Scottie discusses the unique features the Drum Rack has; including the IO section, Sends/Returns and Hot Swap.

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    Advanced Drum Rack Chains

    Join Scottie as he explores more advanced ways to use a Drum Rack including Group to Drum Rack, Instruments in a Drum Rack, Triggering multiple Chains and Effects Routing.

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    Learn different ways to control how and which Chains are played using Key Zones, Velocity Zones and the Chain Selector Macro Controls.

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    One Control to Rule Them All

    In this video, Scottie uses Macro Controls to control parameters deep within the Rack. Scottie also combines parameters to create powerful one-knob Macros.

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    Advanced Racks

    Dive deep and explore using Racks within Racks, Auto-Select, Jumping to certain parts of the Rack, and Extracting Chains.

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    Using Macro Controls with MIDI Controllers

    This video will take Macro controls one step further and show how to use MIDI controllers with Racks.

Product Overview

Ableton Certified Trainer Scottie Dugan is back with a collection of videos that will show you what you need to know to build, edit and play racks within Ableton Live. Watch and learn how racks are a powerful way to create amazing sounding instruments, effects and more within Ableton Live.

Scottie starts with an introduction to Live's racks and discusses the four different types and layouts. Next up, Scottie takes a closer look at each rack type individually, covering the Instrument, Drum, Audio and MIDI Effect racks.

Moving on, Scottie dives deeper into racks by exploring chains. You'll learn all about creating chains, mixing them and their routing before taking an even closer look at drum rack chains and their unique features. Zones are up next, and you'll discover how to use the key zones, velocity zones and chain selector macro controls.

Scottie wraps up this series with an in-depth look at the macro controls, the ability to use racks within racks, and using macro controls with MIDI controllers.

If you're new to Ableton Live and its racks, or just want to further your rack knowledge and skills, this is the series to watch... Get "Ableton Live Racks Explained" today.

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Ableton Live Racks Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 17 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! It´s a good way to understand about racks in Ableton. Actually, racks is how Ableton Live is defined.
Date published: 2021-07-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutor/Tutorial Scottie Dugan is got to be one of the best presenters here at Groove 3. Very helpful stuff.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful. Very well done. Thanks a lot. I’ve learned a lot.
Date published: 2020-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great reminder of the power of Ableton, which has inspired me. Thanks!
Date published: 2020-05-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from You can go deep, without having your brain melt. No matter how good ANY tutorial is, you have to use the concepts presented a few times to really remember them. Having said that, this series is very nicely laid out, and paced nicely. There's a well thought-out overlap of previously presented material, and the next lesson throughout the series. Nicely done.
Date published: 2020-05-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This Helped! I enjoyed this series, it offered many suggestions that I had not considered. Worth the time!
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! Well explained with a lot of details and ideas for your projects. Thank you very much for the time you put in to make this great tutorial. Excellent Job!
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Deep but to the point! Excellent to get deeper knowledge into one of the most flexible and powerful concepts within Ableton Live.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exceptional. The instructor is great, to the point, and extremely creative. I feel every minute of these tutorials is efficient, which is something I highly appreciate.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome as usual! Just keep up the good work guys! :)
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from superb tutorial on ableton racks This is a beautifully organized and presented tutorial on what racks are, how they are created and managed, and examples of how they can be used.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from that's great nice
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome tutorial I've learned so much. Very clearly explained as well the teacher was to hear and understand.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative I am just starting with Ableton Live, but it was not difficult to follow this series. (I had already watched the Ableton Live Explained series) Even the more advanced video's were good to follow. So I think this is a good series for beginners and also for more experienced users. There is a lot of information in this series and it is presented clearly. Also small examples are shown to illustrate the concepts.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and useful i purchased this course few days ago to review and glue together concepts about racks in Ableton Live 9. Although i use Racks extensively in my job, this course represent a valuable resource to better understand the full potential of this useful Ableton live feature.Reccommended.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very very very good it's really one of the best tutorials for Ableton ...great work
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Hands down, the best! I had been looking for a in depth, highly detailed and easy to follow review of the Ableton Live features and capabilities and I finally found it.
Date published: 2016-10-05
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