This weekend I found myself creating the A.M Ableton Live Rack Trak Pack and wanted to give it away as a free template for you. This rack of instruments and effects are a great way to start a new track and also store the 64 samples I have created using digital synths (including the drums) for inspiration and creative output. This is the first of the series and I have focused on the dance music genre “Tech House” for this, all the sounds have been crafted to fit into this category and with the use of the macros set on each channel, there are infinite possibilities in sound design and sculpting new music.
Vintage Poly, Lead, Bass, Perc, Hats, Kick, FX and Snare Drums are available to use and select as hits in any music production. I have created a group with all the sounds so you can add them to existing racks or even make your own from scratch.
The KiK rack uses impulse as the instrument of choice and the macros are mapped to the decay, transposition, filter, and rez for ease of use to sculpt and design the sounds. Drum Bus has been added with EQ and saturation to give the kick that boosts to cut through the mix.
The SNR rack also uses impulse and has 8 sounds to be chosen from but this time the macros are mapped to the drum bus to tighten and boost the snare sound of choice. You can even layer them, change the stretch and transposition creating new sounds as an opportunity to make true technologic advanced waveforms.
The Hatz are added to the drum rack for ease of access and playing with push 2, the macros are also mapped to the drum bus, I have included EQ and gate in the effects chain for a tighter sound and the utility is set to mono. I chose the drum rack in this instance for you to be able to use the choke function with the Hatz.
The perk rack has been added to the drum rack and 16 sounds combined in this instance for a percussive loop. I have added EQ and compression and used the convolution reverb and echo on the send channels to brighten the sounds. Once again the drum bus has been added and the macros set to the most common features to change the sounds overall.
The Bass rack consists of 8 sounds in the sampler and mapped to the macro to change the bass sound with the selector knob, the filter, res, and LFO have been set to the MS2 filter setting with drive and a series of effects to boost the signal for a driving bass sound. The OTT preset has been used twice in the chain to give this bass a real grunt.
The Poly rack contains 8 vintage sounds recorded from various digital poly software emulations and has 8 macros set to change the sound and create something unique with the LFO, I have added ping-pong delay and a side chain to the sound, a little reverb and EQ bring to life this classic synth sound and so many possibilities for change lurk under the hood.
The last but not least of the racks is the Lead and contains a further 8 waveforms for you to twist and modulate, with 3 midi effects including chord, arp and scale to get the ideas following for this super synth lead sampler. The effects chain includes compression, verb, and EQ boosting the signal to give the sounds a powerful effect and dramatic.
I have created a midi part for each of the racks to demonstrate the individual sounds and effects, just delete them and get started making music with this handy free pack. If you enjoy using these sound and racks please feel free to share with other Ableton users.
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