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Chapter 17

Instrument, Drum and Effect Racks

A Rack is a exible tool for working with effects, plug-ins and instruments in a track's device chain. Racks can be used to build complex signal processors, dynamic performance instruments, stacked synthesizers and more. Yet they also streamline your device chain by bringing together your most essential controls. While Racks excel at handling multiple devices, they can extend the abilities of even a single device by de ning new control relationships between its parameters.

Racks greatly expand upon the concept of device groups introduced in Live 5. The device groups of any Live Sets imported from Live 5 are automatically converted to Racks by Live

8. Note that these Live Sets, once saved, can no longer be opened in older versions of Live.

An Audio Effect Rack.

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An Overview of Racks

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17.1.1

Signal Flow and Parallel Device Chains

In any of Live's tracks, devices are connected serially in a device chain, passing their signals from one device to the next, left to right. By default, the Track View displays only a single chain, but there is actually no limit to the number of chains contained within a track.

Racks allow (among other things) additional device chains to be added to any track. When a track has multiple chains, they operate in parallel: In Instrument and Effect Racks, each chain receives the same input signal at the same time, but then processes its signal serially through its own devices. The output of each of the parallel chains is mixed together, producing the

Rack's output.

Drum Racks also allow multiple parallel chains to be used simultaneously, but their chains process input somewhat differently: Rather than receiving the same input signals, each

Drum Rack chain receives input from only a single assigned MIDI note.

The entire contents of any Rack can be thought of as a single device. This means that adding a new Rack at any point in a device chain is no different than adding any other device, and

Racks can contain any number of other Racks. If more devices are placed after a Rack in a track's device chain, the Rack's output is passed on to them, as usual.

17.1.2

Macro Controls

The Macro Controls.

One unique property of Racks are their Macro Controls.

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The Macro Controls are a bank of eight knobs, each capable of addressing any number of parameters from any devices in a Rack. How you use them is up to you whether it be for convenience, by making an important device parameter more accessible; for de ning exotic, multi-parameter morphs of rhythm and timbre; or for constructing a mega-synth, and hiding it away behind a single customized interface. See

Using the Macro Controls

for a detailed explanation of how to do this.

For the greatest degree of expression, try

MIDI-mapping

the Macro Controls to an external control surface.

17.2

Creating Racks

Four Rack variants cover the range of Live's devices: Instrument Racks, Drum Racks, Audio

Effect Racks and MIDI Effect Racks. Just as with track types, each kind of Rack has rules regarding the devices it contains:

ˆ MIDI Effect Racks contain only MIDI effects, and can only be placed in MIDI tracks.

ˆ 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 an instrument.

ˆ Instrument Racks contain instruments, but can additionally contain both MIDI and 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.

ˆ

Drum Racks

are similar to Instrument Racks; they can contain instruments as well as

MIDI and audio effects and their devices must be ordered according to the same signal ow rules. Drum Racks can also contain up to six return chains of audio effects, with independent send levels for each chain in the main Rack.

There are different ways to create Racks. A new, empty Rack can be created by dragging a generic Rack preset ( Audio Effect Rack, for example) from the Device Browser into a track.

Devices can then be dropped directly into the Rack's Chain List or Devices view, which are introduced in the

next section .

If a track already has one or more devices that you would like to group into a Rack, then simply select the title bars of those devices in the Track View, and (PC) /

Ctrl

(Mac)

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232 on one of the title bars to reveal the Group and Group to Drum Rack commands in the context menu. Note that if you repeat one of these commands again on the same device, you will create a Rack within a Rack. You can also group multiple chains within a Rack using the same procedure. Doing this also creates a Rack within a Rack. In the Track View, the contents of Racks are always contained between end brackets: Just as with punctuation or in mathematics, a Rack within a Rack will have a pair of brackets within a pair of brackets.

To ungroup devices, dismantling their Racks, select the Rack's title bar, and then use the

Edit menu or the context menu to access the Ungroup command.

17.3

Looking at Racks

1 2 3 4 5

1 2 6 3 4 5

Components of an

Effect Rack.

1. Racks have distinct views that can be shown or hidden as needed. Therefore, every Rack has a view column on its far left side that holds the corresponding view selectors. The actual view selectors available differ depending on whether

Components of a Drum

Rack.

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2. Macro Controls

3. Chain List. In Drum Racks, this view can include both drum chains and return chains.

4. Devices

5. Racks are also identi able by their round corners, which bracket and enclose their content. When the Devices view is shown, the end bracket visually detaches itself to keep the Rack hierarchy clear.

6.

Pad View.

This is unique to Drum Racks.

To move, copy or delete an entire Rack at once, simply select it by its title bar (as opposed to the title bars of any devices that it contains). When selected, a Rack can also be renamed by using the Edit menu's Rename command. You can also enter your own

info text

for a

Rack via the Edit Info Text command in the Edit menu or in the Racks's (PC) /

Ctrl

(Mac) context menu.

When all of a Rack's views are hidden, its title bar will fold into the view column, making the entire Rack as slim as possible. This has the same effect as choosing Fold from the (PC)

/

Ctrl

(Mac) context menu or double-clicking on the Rack's title bar.

If you would like to locate a particular device in a Rack without searching manually through its entire contents, you will appreciate this navigation shortcut: (PC) /

Ctrl

(Mac) on the Track View selector, and a hierarchical list of all devices in the track's device chain will appear. Simply select an entry from the list, and Live will select that device and move it into view for you.

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Navigate Racks Quickly

Via a Context Menu.

17.4

Chain List

As signals enter a Rack, they are rst greeted by the Chain List. We will therefore also choose this point for our own introduction.

The Chain List represents the branching point for incoming signals: Each parallel device chain starts here, as an entry in the list. Below the list is a drop area, where new chains can be added by dragging and dropping presets, devices, or even pre-existing chains.

Note: Racks, chains and devices can be freely dragged into and out of other Racks, and even between tracks. Selecting a chain, then dragging and hovering over another Session

The Chain List in an

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235 or Arrangement View track will give that track focus; its Track View will open, allowing you to drop your chain into place.

Since the Track View can show only one device chain at a time, the Chain List also serves as a navigational aid: The list selection determines what will be shown in the adjacent Devices view (when enabled). Try using your computer keyboard's and keys to change the selection in the Chain List, and you'll nd that you can quickly ip through the contents of a

Rack.

The Chain List also supports multi-selection of chains, for convenient copying, organizing and regrouping. In this case, the Devices view will indicate how many chains are currently selected.

Each chain has its own Chain Activator, as well as Solo and

Hot-Swap

buttons. Chains in

Instrument, Drum and Audio Effect Racks also have their own volume and pan sliders, and

Drum Rack chains have additional send level and MIDI assignment controls. Like Live Clips, entire chains can be saved and recalled as presets in the Device Browser. You can give a chain a descriptive name by selecting it, then choosing the Edit menu's Rename command.

You can also enter your own

info text

for a chain via the Edit Info Text command in the Edit menu or in the chain's (PC) /

Ctrl

(Mac) context menu. The context menu also contains a color palette where you can choose a custom chain color.

17.4.1

Auto Select

Auto Select in an Audio

Effect Rack.

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When the Auto Select switch is activated, every chain that is currently processing signals becomes selected in the Chain List. In Drum Racks, this feature will select a chain if it receives its assigned MIDI input note. In Instrument and Effect Racks, Auto Select works in conjunction with zones, which are discussed next, and is quite helpful when troubleshooting complex con gurations.

Auto Select in a Drum

Rack.

17.5

Zones

Zones are sets of data lters that reside at the input of every chain in an Instrument or Effect

Rack. Together, they determine the range of values that can pass through to the device chain. By default, zones behave transparently, never requiring your attention. They can be recon gured, however, to form sophisticated control setups. The three types of zones, whose editors are toggled with the buttons above the Chain List, are Key, Velocity, and

Chain Select. The adjacent Hide button whisks them out of sight.

Note: Audio Effect Racks do not have key or velocity zones, since these two zone types lter MIDI data only. Likewise, Drum Racks have no zones at all; they lter MIDI notes based on choosers in their chain lists.

Zones contain a lower, main section, used for resizing and moving the zone itself, and a narrow upper section that de nes fade ranges. Resizing of either section is done by clicking and dragging on its right or left edges, while moving is accomplished by clicking and dragging a zone from anywhere except its edges.

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17.5.1

Signal Flow through Zones

To understand how zones work, let's examine the signal ow in a MIDI Effect Rack. Our

MIDI Effect Rack resides in the device chain of a MIDI track, and therefore processes MIDI signals. We will assume that it contains four parallel device chains, each containing one

MIDI effect.

1. All MIDI data in the track is passed to its device chain, and therefore into the input of the MIDI Effect Rack.

2. Our MIDI Effect Rack has four device chains, all of which receive the same MIDI data at the same time.

3. Before any MIDI data can enter a device chain, it must be able to pass through

every zone in that chain. Every chain in a MIDI Effect Rack has three zones: a key zone, a velocity zone and a chain select zone.

4. An incoming MIDI note gets compared to a chain's key zone. If the MIDI note lies within the key zone, it is passed to the next zone for comparison; if it does not, then we already know that the note will not be passed to that chain's devices.

5. The same comparisons are made for the chain's velocity and chain select zones.

If a note also lies within both of these zones, then it is passed to the input of the rst device in that chain.

6. The output of all parallel chains is mixed together to produce the MIDI Effect

Rack's nal output. If there happened to be another device following after the Rack in the track's device chain, it would now receive the Rack's output for processing.

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Key Zones

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When the Key button is selected, the Key Zone Editor appears to the right of the Chain List, illustrating how each chain maps to the full MIDI note range (nearly 11 octaves). Chains will only respond to MIDI notes that lie within their key zone. The zones of individual chains may occupy any number of keys, allowing for exible keyboard split setups.

Key zone fade ranges attenuate the velocities of notes entering a chain.

The Key Zone Editor.

17.5.3

Velocity Zones

Each chain in an Instrument Rack or MIDI Effect Rack also has a velocity zone, specifying the range of MIDI Note On velocities that it will respond to.

The Velocity Zone Editor, when displayed, replaces the Key Zone Editor to the right of the

Chain List. MIDI Note On velocity is measured on a scale of 1-127, and this value range

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Zone Editor.

Velocity zone fade ranges attenuate the velocities of notes entering a chain.

17.5.4

Chain Select Zones

Activating the Chain button in an Instrument or Effect Rack displays the Chain Select Editor.

These Racks have chain select zones, which allow you to lter chains spontaneously via a single parameter. The editor has a scale of 0-127, similar to the Velocity Zone Editor. Above the value scale, however, you will nd a draggable indicator known as the Chain selector.

The chain select zone is a data lter just like the other zones; although all chains in a Rack receive input signals, only those with chain select zones that overlap the current value of the

Chain selector can be addressed and thereby produce output.

By default, the chain select zones of Instrument and MIDI Effect Racks lter only notes, ignoring all other incoming MIDI events (such as MIDI CCs). To lter all MIDI events, enable the Chain Selector Filters MIDI Ctrl option, available in the context menu

(Mac) of a Rack's title bar or Chain Select Ruler.

(PC) /

Ctrl

In MIDI Effect Racks, fade ranges attenuate the velocities of notes entering a chain. In

Instrument Racks and Audio Effect Racks, which both output audio signals, fade ranges attenuate the volume level at each chain's output. So what happens, then, if the Chain selector is moved outside of the chain select zone where a sound is currently playing? If the zone ends in a fade range, the chain's output volume is attenuated to zero while the

Chain selector is outside of the zone. If the zone had no fade range, the output volume

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240 is not attenuated, allowing the chain's effects (like long reverb tails or delays) to fade out according to their own settings.

Let's consider how we can make use of chain select zones in a performance situation:

Making Preset Banks Using Chain Select

Unlike the other zone types, the default length of a chain select zone is 1, and the default value is 0. From this setup, we can quickly create preset banks using the Chain Select

Editor.

Again, we will use a Rack with four chains as our starting point. Each of the four chains contain different effects that we would like to be able to switch between. To make this a hands-on experience, we have MIDI-mapped the Chain selector to an encoder on an external control surface.

Let's move the chain select zones of the second and third chains so that each of our zones is occupying its own adjacent value: The rst chain's zone has a value of 0, the second chain's zone has a value of 1, the third has a value of 2, and the fourth has a value of 3.

Since each of our chain select zones has a unique value, with no two zones overlapping, we now have a situation where only one chain at a time can ever be equal to the Chain selector value (shown at the top of the editor). Therefore, by moving the Chain selector, we determine which chain can process signals. With our MIDI encoder at hand, we can now ip effortlessly between instrument or effect setups.

Using Chain Select

Zones to Create Effects

Presets.

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Crossfading Preset Banks Using Fade Ranges

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Taking the previous example one step further, we can tweak our chain select zones to produce a smooth transition between our presets. To accomplish this, we will make use of our zones' fade ranges.

To create some room for fading, let's extend the length of our zones a bit. Setting the zones as shown maintains four exclusive values for our presets, so that each still has one point where neither of the others are heard. We crossfade between the presets over eight steps.

If this is too rough a transition for your material, simply reposition the zones to maximize the fade ranges.

Crossfading Between

Effects Presets Using

Chain Select Zones.

17.6

Drum Racks

We've already talked a bit about Drum Racks, and most of their features are the same as those found in Instrument and Effect Racks. But Drum Racks have a slightly different layout, some unique controls and special behavior that is optimized for creating drum kits.

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3

1

1. In addition to the standard selectors found on all Racks, Drum Racks have four additional controls in the view column. From top to bottom, these are the Auto

Select button and toggles for the Input/Output, Send, and Return sections.

2. Input/Output Section. The Receive chooser sets the incoming MIDI note to which the drum chain will respond. The list shows note names, MIDI note numbers and standard GM drum equivalents. The Play slider sets the outgoing MIDI note that will be sent to the devices in the chain. The Choke chooser allows you to set a chain to one of sixteen choke groups. Any chains that are in the same choke group will silence the others when triggered. This is useful for choking open hihats by triggering closed ones, for example. If All Notes is selected in the

Receive chooser, the Play and Choke choosers are disabled in this case, the chain simply passes the note that it receives to its devices. The small Preview button to the left of these choosers res a note into the chain, making it easy to check your mappings away from a MIDI controller.

3. Mixer Section. In addition to the mixer and Hot-Swap controls found in other

Rack types, Drum Racks also have send sliders. These sliders allow you to set the amount of post-fader signal sent from each drum chain to any of the available return chains. Note that send controls are not available until return chains have been created.

4. Return Chains. A Drum Rack's return chains appear in a separate section at the bottom of the chain list. Up to six chains of audio effects can be added here, which are fed by send sliders in each of the drum chains above.

The Audio To chooser in the mixer for return chains allows you to route a return chain's output to either the main output of the Rack or directly to the return tracks of the Set. In

4

The Chain List in a Drum

Rack.

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Drum Racks that are nested within other Drum Racks, both drum chains and return chains can route upwards to the returns of any of the Drum Racks that contain them.

17.6.1

Pad View

The Pad View is unique to Drum Racks and offers an easy way to map and manipulate samples and devices. Each pad represents one of the 128 available MIDI notes. The pad overview to the right shifts the set of visible pads up or down in octave increments, either by dragging the view selector to a new area or by using your computer keyboard's and keys. Use the

Alt

(PC) / (Mac) modi er to shift the view by single rows instead.

Almost any object from Live's Browser samples, effects, instruments and presets can be dragged onto a pad, mapping automatically to the pad's note and creating or recon guring internal chains and devices as necessary. Dropping a sample onto an empty pad, for example, creates a new chain containing a

Simpler , with the dropped sample ready to

play from the pad's note. If you then drag an audio effect to the same pad, it is placed downstream from the Simpler in the same chain. To replace the Simpler, simply drop another sample onto the same pad any downstream audio effects or upstream MIDI effects will be left intact and only the Simpler and sample will be replaced.

If a multi-selection of samples is dropped onto a pad, new Simplers and chains will be mapped upwards chromatically from this pad, replacing any other samples that may have already been assigned to the pads in question (but, as before, leaving any effects devices alone).

Alt

(PC) / (Mac)-dragging a multi-selection layers all of the samples to

Pad View.

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Dragging a pad to another pad swaps the note mapping between the pads. This means that any MIDI clips triggering the affected notes will now play the wrong sounds although this might be exactly what you want.

Alt

(PC) / (Mac)-dragging one pad to another will layer any chains from both pads in a nested Drum Rack.

You can always change your mappings from within the chain list as well, by adjusting the

Receive choosers. The Pad View will update automatically to re ect your changes. If you set the same Receive note for multiple chains, that note's pad will trigger them all.

If you're working with lots of nested Racks, the inner structure can quickly become complicated. Pad View can make it much easier to work by letting you focus on only the top level: the notes and sounds. It's important to remember that a pad represents a note, rather than a chain. More speci cally, it represents all chains, no matter how deep in the Rack, that are able to receive that pad's note. What you can control with each pad is related to how many chains it represents:

ˆ An empty pad shows only the note it will trigger. When you mouse over it, the Status

Bar will display this note, as well as the suggested GM instrument.

ˆ A pad that triggers only one chain shows the name of the chain. In this case, the pad serves as a handy front-end for many controls that are normally accessed in the chain list, such as mute, solo, preview and Hot-Swap. You can also rename and delete the chain via the pad.

ˆ A pad that triggers multiple chains shows Multi as its name, and its mute, solo and preview buttons will affect all of its chains. If you mute and solo chains individually within the chain list, the pad's icons re ect this mixed state. Hot-Swap and renaming are disabled for a Multi pad, but you can delete all of its chains at once.

Although Pad View is designed for easy editing and sound design, it also excels as a

performance interface, particularly when triggered by a hardware control surface with pads.

If your pad controller is one of Ableton's

natively supported control surfaces , simply select

it as a control surface in the MIDI/Sync tab of Live's Preferences. From then on, as long as you have a Drum Rack on a track that's receiving MIDI, your pad controller will trigger the pads that are visible on your screen. If you scroll the pad overview to show a different set of pads, your controller will update automatically.

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17.6.2

Slicing

Although Live automatically warps audio les to match your Set's tempo, you can get even more exibility out of your loops via a process called slicing. Slicing involves dividing the audio into small chunks and assigning each chunk to a single MIDI note, leaving your original audio le unaffected. The Drum Rack provides an ideal environment for working with sliced les, and most of the setup happens automatically.

To get started, select an audio clip from within your Set or the Browser, click

Ctrl

(PC) /

(Mac) to open the clip's context menu, and select the Slice to New MIDI Track command:

The Slicing dialog offers a list of slicing divisions, as well as a chooser to select the Slicing

Preset. The top chooser allows you to slice at a variety of beat resolutions or according to the clip's transients or Warp Markers. Since a Rack can contain a maximum of 128 chains,

Live won't let you proceed if your choice would result in more than 128 slices. You can x this by either setting a lower slice resolution or by selecting a smaller region of the clip to slice. If your audio le is in

REX format , the slicing will be based on the le's internal timing

information and you won't see this chooser.

The Slicing Preset chooser contains a few Ableton-supplied slicing templates, as well as any of your own that you may have placed in your Library's

default presets folder .

Once you've made your slicing choices and clicked OK, a number of things will happen:

1. A new MIDI track will be created, containing a MIDI clip. The clip will contain one note for each slice, arranged in a chromatic sequence.

2. A Drum Rack will be added to the newly created track, containing one chain per slice. Each chain will be triggered by one of the notes from the clip, and will contain a Simpler with the corresponding audio slice loaded.

The Slicing Dialog.

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3. The Drum Rack's Macro Controls will be pre-assigned to useful parameters for the Simplers, as determined by the settings in the selected slicing preset. In the factory Slicing presets, these include basic envelope controls and parameters to adjust the loop and crossfade properties of each slice. Adjusting one of these

Macros will adjust the mapped parameter in each Simpler simultaneously.

Note: Live will take a few moments to process all of this information.

Playing the MIDI clip will trigger each chain in the Drum Rack in order, according to the timing information that you speci ed or that was embedded in the audio. This opens up many new editing possibilities, including:

Resequencing Slices

By default, your sliced MIDI data will form a chromatically-ascending staircase pattern in order to trigger the correct chains in their original order. But you can create new patterns by simply

editing the MIDI notes . You can achieve a similar effect by dragging the Drum

Rack's pads onto each other to swap their note mappings.

Rearranging the Sliced

MIDI Data.

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Using Effects on Slices

Because each slice lives in its own chain in the Drum Rack, you can easily process individual slices with their own audio effects. To process several slices with the same set of effects, multi-select their chains in the Drum Rack's chain list and press

Ctrl

-G to group them to their own nested Rack. Then insert the effects after this new sub-Rack.

For even more creative possibilities, try inserting

MIDI effects

before the Drum Rack. The

Arpeggiator and Random devices can yield particularly interesting results.

Slicing is most commonly applied to drum loops, but there's no reason to stop there.

Experiment with slicing audio from different sources, such as voices and ambient textures.

The same sorts of resequencing and reprocessing operations can be applied to anything you slice sometimes with unexpected results.

17.7

Using the Macro Controls

With the potential for developing complex device chains, Macro Controls keep things manageable by taking over the most essential parameters of a Rack (as determined by you, of course). Once you have set up your ideal mapping, the rest of the Rack can be hidden away.

The Macro Control view's dedicated Map Mode button opens the door to this behavior.

Enabling Macro Map Mode causes three things to happen:

ˆ All mappable parameters from a Rack's devices will appear with a colored overlay;

Making Macro Control

Assignments in Map

Mode.

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ˆ Map buttons will appear beneath each Macro Control dial;

ˆ The

Mapping Browser

will open.

The following steps will get you started mapping:

1. Enable Macro Map Mode by clicking the Map Mode button;

2. Select a device parameter for mapping by clicking it once;

3. Map the parameter by clicking on any Macro Control's Map button. The details will be added to the Mapping Browser. By default the Macro will take its name and units from the device parameter it is controlling.

4. Re ne the value range if desired using the Min/Max sliders in the Mapping

Browser. Inverted mappings can be created by setting the Min slider's value greater than the Max slider's value. The current values can also be inverted by pressing (PC) /

Ctrl

(Mac) on the entry in the Mapping Browser.

5. Select another device parameter if you'd like to create more mappings, or click on the Map Mode button once more to exit Macro Map Mode.

Note that once assigned to a Macro Control, a device parameter will appear disabled, since it hands over all control to the Macro Control (although it can still be modulated externally, via

Clip Envelopes ).

You can edit or delete your assignments at any time using the Mapping Browser (which only appears when Map Mode is enabled).

If more than one parameter is assigned to a single Macro, the Macro's name will revert to its generic name (e.g., Macro 3). The Macro's units will also change to a 0 to 127 scale, except when all parameters possess both the same unit type and the same unit range.

Macro controls can be given custom names, colors and

info text

entries via the corresponding commands in the Edit menu or the (PC) /

Ctrl

(Mac) context menu.

17.8

Mixing With Racks

Any Instrument or Drum Rack that contains more than one chain can be viewed and mixed alongside the tracks in the Session View's mixer. A track that contains these Racks will have

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249 a button in its title bar, which will fold the Rack's mixer in or out. Likewise, any nested chains within the Rack will also have this button. This makes it easy to get an overview of your Rack's hierarchy or hide it when you just want to work on your mix.

Chains in the Session View mixer look similar to tracks, but they have no clip slots. Their mixing and routing controls mirror those found in the Rack's chain list, so any changes made to these controls in either area will be re ected in the other immediately. Likewise, many chain operations such as reordering, renaming and regrouping can be performed from either the mixer or the chain list. Clicking in a chain's mixer title bar shows only that chain's devices in the Track View.

As with tracks, when chains are multiselected in the Session View mixer, adjusting a mixer parameter for one of the chains will adjust the same parameter in the other selected chains.

Note that this behavior only applies to parameters adjusted via the Session mixer and not when adjusting the same parameters in the Rack's chain list.

Mixing Rack Chains in the Session View.

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17.8.1

Extracting Chains

All chains can be dragged from their parent Racks and placed into other tracks or Racks, either from the chain list or from the Session View mixer. A Drum Rack's return chains can also be extracted, and will create new return tracks if dragged to the mixer. Drum chains have an additional feature: when dragged from the mixer to a new track, they take their

MIDI notes with them. For example, if you are working on a MIDI drum loop within a single track and decide that you would like to move just the snare onto its own track, simply select the snare chain's title bar in the mixer and drag it to the mixer's drop area. This creates a new track with the full contents of the snare chain: both its devices and its MIDI data. If you would like to extract only the devices, drag from the chain list instead of from the mixer.

Extracting Drum Chains in the Mixer Extracts

MIDI Data.

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