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
- 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.
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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.
And here they are! Welcome to the rabbit hole of Racks!
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.
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.
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?
Thats it for this class! Please leave me comments, feedback, and check out some of my other classes!
There is so much more to learn!
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.