Ableton Live 6 – Overview of rack types, rack presets, and how to insert a preset

Rack_presetsOne of my favorite new features of Ableton Live 6 is the new "rack" feature. According to the manual, there are three different types of racks:

  • MIDI Effect Racks contain only MIDI effects, and can only be placed in MIDI tracks
  • Audio Effect Racks contain only audio effects, and can be placed in audio tracks. They can also be placed in MIDI tracks, as long as they are downstream from instrument.
  • Instrument Racks contain instruments, but can additionally contain both MIDI audio effects. In this case, all MIDI effects have to be at the beginning of the Instrument Rack’s device chain, followed by an instrument, and then any audio effects.

Ableton has provided some interesting rack presets in Live 6. You can access them via the Device Browser.

To insert a preset, just drag it from the Device Browser into a track or onto the clip/device drop area.

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