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Ableton: Auto-switching Instrument Racks

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
By Geoff Smith

Screen 1: Prepare your Instrument Rack by dragging an empty Instrument Rack preset onto a MIDI track.Screen 1: Prepare your Instrument Rack by dragging an empty Instrument Rack preset onto a MIDI track.

Find out how to prepare your Instrument Rack for performance in Live.

In this issue's interview with drum & bass artist Wilkinson, he describes how he uses Live's Instrument Racks during performance, with his Project automatically switching to the right sounds in sync with his band's backing tracks. In this short walkthrough, we'll show you exactly how it's done.

First, open Ableton Live, set the Browser to display Categories / Instruments, and drag the Instrument Rack folder onto the first MIDI track (see Screen 1 above).

Now open the disclosure arrow for the instrument presets...

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Published January 2019