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Ableton Live Racks Explained®

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  • What is a Rack? 2:53

    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.

  • Rack Types 3:41

    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)

  • Loading & Saving 2:53

    Loading & Saving

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

  • Rack Layout 3:26

    Rack Layout

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

  • Audio & MIDI Effect Racks 4:26

    Audio & MIDI Effect Racks

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

  • Instrument Racks 2:37

    Instrument Racks

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

  • Drum Racks 3:01

    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.

  • Using Multiple Chains 11:09

    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.

  • Drum Rack Chains 7:00

    Drum Rack Chains

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

  • Advanced Drum Rack Chains 6:41

    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.

  • Zones 6:59


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

  • One Control to Rule Them All 9:25

    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.

  • Advanced Racks 8:24

    Advanced Racks

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

  • Using Macro Controls with MIDI Controllers 4:45

    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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