Free Ableton Live Pack #75: Simple Channel Strip

Ableton Live Channel Strip Audio Effect Rack

If you’re like me, you probably wind up doing a lot of the same things over and over again each time you are working on a track.  For me, I often apply a little EQ and Compression on most of my tracks.  A good percentage of them may also get a touch of Reverb as well.  These are features that I use over and over again, so I thought I’d create an Effect rack preset for them.  Now rather than add each effect individually, I just drop this rack on the track and get tweaking.  And now that Ableton Live 9 allows you to create default audio and midi tracks, you can create a track with this rack built into it.  Super workflow enhancer!

Drop it on any Track!

So here is what you get.  A Low Cut and High Cut Filter.  I made these filters using EQ8.  In Live 9, EQ 8 has been drastically updated and I love the sound of the filters.  There are settings for the Compressor as well.  Finally there is some Reverb.  The Reverb is special because it only affects the highest frequencies.  This way the bass and mids will stay crisp, without becoming muddy.

In the video I break the rack apart and show you what is inside.  I hope you enjoy this handy pack and it saves you some valuable time!

Super Tape Drums and Juno 106 Pack Used in Video

To create the music you hear in the video, I used by Super Tape Drums and Roland Juno 106 Ableton Live Packs.  Both of these packs contain tons of unique sounds you won’t find anywhere else. Check them out!

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  • halcyontone

    I used to put effects like reverb etc in the actual track but then I realized that is what effects sends are for. Am I being a dummy using effects sends for effects? Is there some other reason for using the effects sends (or not using them?)

    • AfroDJMac

      You’re definitely not being a dummy, and like most things production, there is no real “right” way.
      By putting an effect directly on a track, the entire sound is running through the effect (unless you have a dry/wet setting under 100%). An effect send allows the original sound to happen, unaffected, and sends a portion of it through an effect on your return track. A bonus about effect sends and returns is you can route multiple tracks to one effect. This is great for saving CPU on things like reverbs and delays.
      There may be times when you want the effect right on the track and others when you want to use a send and return. Experiment and see what works in the giving situation.
      I don’t like to say there’s a right and wrong way to do anything. Be creative, experiment, and trust your ears!