Producing with Racks

  • Understand, use and exploit every piece that makes up the Audio Effect Rack
  • Seamlessly utilize a plethora of routing options inside of a Drum rack
  • Push the capabilities of a single Live device to inconceivably exponential heights

$39.00 USD

Additional information

Video Episodes

40

Total Length

3.5 hours

DAW Used

Live 8 & Live 9

Skill Level

Beginner/Intermediate

Product Description

Producing with Racks in Ableton Live gives you a diverse and flexible set of tools to work with essential audio effects, plug-ins and instruments. Racks can be used to stack synthesizers, build complex signal processors, make very playable drum machines, and more! Ask any hard-core Live user and they will tell you that Racks are an indispensable feature that no other DAW has.  Racks allow you to route, combine, and above all, PLAY your instruments and effects in exciting new ways.  They’re a sound designer’s dream tool, and a live performance godsend.

Introduction to Navigating the Audio Effect Rack


Macro Controls

One of the most powerful aspects of all the Racks are their Macro Controls, which are a bank of eight knobs, each capable of addressing multiple parameters from any devices in the Rack. How you use them is up to you. Construct your own personal monster synth, modulate and morph timbres, or create extravagant effect mappings hidden behind a single interface. You can even color code and rename your Macro controls for quicker reference!

 

Introduction to Macro Controls

From the creators of DJing with Ableton Live, Producing with Racks is taught by Ableton Certified Training heavyweights Ian Gallagher and Isaac Cotec. In each lesson they take you to the heart of the key features you need to know. After learning Producing with Racks you will be able to:

  • Use and exploit every control that makes up the four Racks
  • Multiply your Audio Effect superpowers with Chains, in parallel and series
  • Use the Macro Mapping Browser to create expressive, playable controls
  • Seamlessly utilize a plethora of routing options inside of a Drum rack
  • Learn the essentials to making the complex and exciting drum palettes that make your tracks stand out
  • Use the sophisticated layering options not found in any other drum samplers
  • Organize, save, route, and add new levels of detail to your instruments in ways never imagined
  • and much, much more…


Click on the Course Curriculum tab at the top of this window to see the entire list of topics covered.

What is a Drum Rack?

What You Get

  • Over 3.5 hours of HD video lessons from Ableton Certified Trainers and industry pros Ian Gallagher & Isaac Cotec
  • Each video teaches a key core concept in a clear and concise manner.
  • Student discount pricing (20-60% off) on third-party software from our partners!

About Your Instructors

Ian Gallagher is a producer, songwriter and DJ specializing in hip-hop, house and pop music. Picking up the guitar at age 10, Ian devoted himself to rock and Delta blues guitar, emulating his idols Jimi Hendrix, Slash and Robert Johnson. After high school, he continued his classical studies at New York City’s Manhattan School of Music under David Leisner. Three years later, he began studying classical guitar at the University of Maine. At Ableton, Ian worked in the Documentation department for 3 years writing, editing and managing the Live Manual, while also giving Live clinics in the NYC-area.

Isaac Cotec started producing electronic based music in 2005, while working with a project called Psyche Sonics. Psyche Sonics was an experimental group working with the science and research of binaural beats, and altering consciousness through sounds.

Trainer Profile: Ian Gallagher
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Trainer Profile: Isaac Cotec
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Course Requirements

  • Access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.
  • A working copy of Live 8/9 (standard) is recommended, although almost all of the course can be done with Live 9 Intro. Live 9 Suite is not required (but is a lot of extra fun!).
  • Headphones and/or studio monitors.

Audio Effect Rack

  • Navigating the Audio Effect Rack
  • The Device Panel
  • Creating Effect Chains in Parallel
  • The Chain List
  • The Chain Select Editor
  • Macro Controls
  • Macro Mode and Mapping
  • The Macro Mapping Browser
  • Multi-effects Selector
  • Racks within Racks
  • Working with Audio Effect Racks

Using Drum Racks

  • What is a Drum Rack?
  • Creating Drum Racks
  • Loading Sounds
  • Organizing Sounds
  • Drum Rack Chains
  • Sends And Returns
  • Building a Drum Kit
  • Layering Your Beats
  • Nesting And Saving Your Drum Racks
  • Working With Drum Racks

Deep Drum Racks

  • Introduction to Deep Drum Racks
  • Drum Rack Macros
  • 128s
  • Live 8: Multis
  • Live 9: Advanced Layering
  • The Drum Rack I/0
  • Choke Groups
  • Beyond Percussion

Instrument Racks

  • Navigating the Instrument Rack
  • Instrument Rack Device Panel
  • Creating Instrument Chains in Parallel
  • The Chains List Panel
  • The Key Zone Editor
  • The Velocity Zone Editor
  • The Chain Select Editor
  • Zone Signal Flow
  • Macro Control Panel
  • Macro Map Mode
  • The Instrument Rack Macro Mapping Browser
  • Instrument Racks within Racks
  • Racks within Racks
  • Layered Bass Instrument Rack

What skill level is this course?
Beginner to intermediate. You don’t need to be a pro or know anything about Live, this course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of Ableton Live Racks.

Is this course applicable to my genre?
In a word – yes. The techniques we teach can be applied universally to virtually any electronic music genre.

How long can I access this course and the videos?
You have access to this course and the videos in your My Courses / My Library area for 12 full months after your purchase date.

Are there downloads or templates for this course?
There are downloads for this course included in each module and with specific lessons within a module.

What if I don’t like the course?
We want you to be as excited about your course as we are. If for any reason you’re not 100% happy with it, we offer a no-hassle, no-BS, super easy 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Any time within the first 30 days after purchase we will refund your money.

What version of Live do I need to use the course?
This course is done in Live 8 & Live 9, and you can use either Live 8 or Live 9. All of these techniques can also be done in Live 9 Intro & Live 9 Suite. A demo of Live 9 is available at http://ableton.com, though be sure and wait until the course begins if you go this route as it will expire after 30 days.

What if I have trouble viewing the streaming videos?
Important: To get the best experience, we highly recommend you use the most updated version of Google’s free Chrome browser. This functions best with our streaming video players: Google Chrome

Can I download the videos?
No, but you have full access to all the video content for 12 months after signing up. You can also access the videos from virtually any mobile device.

Are there any system requirements?
Yes, a broadband internet connection and computer are required. Minimum requirements are obviously the ability to run Ableton Live 8/9 so any computer with Mac OS 10.5 & Windows XP or newer should do just fine.

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$39.00 USD

Additional information

Video Episodes

40

Total Length

3.5 hours

DAW Used

Live 8 & Live 9

Skill Level

Beginner/Intermediate