Ableton Live Tutorial: Filter Sweep Effect Rack

Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa shares a filtering technique in Ableton Live that can be used to filter sweep tracks in a live performance setup.

Professor Nalepa shares an effective filtering technique he learned from Justin Boreta of The Glitch Mob at the Dubspot Ableton Live Tour workshop in Los Angeles. Learn how to setup a custom Audio Effect Rack in Ableton Live used to apply filter sweeps that you can control with a MIDI controller in live performances. Nalepa demonstrates how to group devices, create parallel device chains to split the audio signal, setup a Chain Select Ruler, and map controls within the Effect Rack.

The music Professor Nalepa used in this tutorial.


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  • edison
  • 3/24/2011

awesome stuff…
you can also midi map the auto filters on/off button to the same knob as the frequency….
set the range from 2 – 128 on the midi map…
so when the knob is all the way down the freq is down and the effect is off..
turn it a bit and the effect kicks on and the frequency sweeps…
no messing with racks and chain selectors…

  • Aaron Zilch
  • 3/24/2011

The nice thing about Racks is that the Macro knobs will automatically map to most controllers. Plus with Racks you have the potential to go beyond a simple on/off to create a multimode filter, crossfading smoothly between multiple chains with totally different filter settings.

Chain switching kills not only the ouput but also the input of the chains, shutting off the effects in inactive chains to conserve processing. Nice touch but something to watch out for when dealing with delay or buffer based effects.

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