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Ableton Live’s Instrument Racks

Learn how to use the Ableton Live Instrument Racks powerful synthesis, leads, pads, bass, and even drums!
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Jason Allen
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Produce music using Ableton Live
Use the Instrument Racks feature to create unique synthesizers, samplers, and instruments
Create sounds from scratch using Ableton Live's Instrument Racks

For years I’ve been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn’t be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost.

This class is an excerpt of Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 – Synths & Samplers. The full course is available here on Udemy. But if you just want to test the waters of this class, then start here!

In the full class, Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 – Synths & Samplers, we cover tons of content, including all (all!) of the Ableton Live Instruments. Here is a summary of topics from that course:

  • Synthesis Basics
  • Types of Synthesis
  • Physical Modeling Synthesis
  • Elements of Synthesis
  • Live’s Analog Instrument
  • Live’s Collision Instrument
  • Live’s Electric Instrument
  • Live’s Impulse Instrument
  • Live’s Tension Instrument
  • Live’s Operator Instrument
  • Live’s Simpler Instrument
  • Live’s Sampler Instrument
  • Multisamples and Zones
  • Sampler Orchestras
  • Racks!!!!
  • Instrument Racks
  • Chain Selector
  • Macros in Racks
  • Drum Racks
  • Choke Settings
  • The External Instrument
  • …and much more!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Ableton Live in a more comprehensive way that this.

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

  • “I’ve had Live Lite for a while but never quite understood how to use it because of the different options in how to arrange audio. This course explains exactly how to do that and get the most out of Live.”
  • “Great overview – I would start here for sure if you are just getting your feet wet with live. clear and to the point. session walkthroughs are great. looking forward to more”
  • “I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”
  • Racks 101

    1
    Introduction

    Welcome! In this video I'll walk through what we are going to cover in this class, and how we are going to cover it.

    2
    Instrument Racks Overview

    And here they are! Welcome to the rabbit hole of Racks!

    Designing Racks

    1
    Chains and the Chain Selector

    Having multiple chains, and understanding how to use chains is perhaps the most powerful feature of Live's Rack interface. Lets look at it in detail here.

    2
    Macros

    Once you have a nice big rack interface, you might find your screen is too cluttered to control in live performance. That is one of the key benefits of Macros.

    3
    Rack Presets

    In this video I'll open up a few of the presets that you already have on your computer, and walk through them. A quick little dissection of these presets will tell us a lot about how they work.

    What Comes Next?

    1
    Thanks for Watching!

    Thats it for this class! Please leave me comments, feedback, and check out some of my other classes!

    2
    Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List

    There is so much more to learn!

    3
    Bonus Content: MIDI Effects

    A little know trick is to incorporate some MIDI effects into your synth chains. We talk a lot about this in the Ultimate Ableton Live 5 class, but here is a teaser to get you thinking about it. 

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