RACK POWER | How to Build EPIC Audio Effect Racks


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by Ian Gallagher
1 Lessons | 2:00 Length | Reviews

Date & Time: Sunday Feb 28th, 1 – 3 PM PST / 4 – 6 PM EST.
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Note: The live-stream will be recorded and you’ll have access to view the replay for 60 days following the event.

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Live-Stream Description

Audio Effect Racks are one of the gems of Ableton Live. They allow you to customize your audio processing in slick ways that other programs simply cannot. Yet, many producers are unaware of them. Still more struggle to use them to their full potential. But here’s the lowdown: Audio Effect Racks are not rocket science. In this live stream, Ableton Certified Trainer Ian Gallagher will reveal 7 super-useful power techniques for using Audio Effect Racks like a boss. If you want to learn what makes Audio Effect Racks amazing and why you should use them, join us for this stream.

Why are Audio Effect Racks cool? Most digital audio workstations offer a simple signal chain: sound travels from Effect A into Effect B, and then from Effect B to Effect C, and so on. Sometimes that’s all you need! However, with Ableton Live’s Audio Effect Racks, you can split audio into as many paths as you like, all on the same track. This ability opens up limitless creative doors, especially for parallel processing. You can then use a MIDI surface to control Macro knobs (a key feature of Audio Effect Racks). Simply put: understanding AERs will boost your production and mixing game tremendously.

It doesn’t matter whether you make house, future bass, hip hop, jungle, drill, or any other genre. If you want to use and abuse Ableton Live like a master, you need to know Audio Effect Racks. We guarantee you’ll never look at Ableton Live the same. We hope to see you soon for this fun, interactive, and informative stream.

Learn 7 Pro Techniques

What You’ll Learn


  • Why Audio Effect Racks are extremely powerful
  • How to build Audio Effect Racks
  • Organizing and saving Racks to your library
  • Why Macros are fun and efficient
  • How to control Macro Ranges
  • How to map Macros to a MIDI controller
  • Processing kick drums (808s, etc.) with an Audio Effect Rack

What You Get

  • A selection of Audio Effect Racks created by the Warp Academy team
  • The Ableton Live Session used in the stream
  • 2 hours of training
  • Q&A period
  • A replay recording you can watch for 60 days following the event
  • The presentation slides as a PDF

Live-Stream Schedule

Date and Time: Sunday Feb. 28, 2021, 1 – 3 PM PST / 4 – 6 PM EST.

Note: The live-stream replay will be available for 60 days. VIP Black & Pro members can view the replay indefinitely.

How it Works

  • This is a fully live-streamed session.
  • On the stream there will be chat and a live Q&A period at the end of the session.
  • Once you sign up, this live-stream will show in your My Live-Streams area of your dashboard.
  • To access the live-stream, login at Warp Academy, go to your user dashboard (in the main menu under the hamburger item) and click My Live-Streams and then look under Upcoming Live-Streams.
  • On the date of the live-stream, a streaming URL for Vimeo will be posted. You’ll also be e-mailed the access link, so keep an eye on your inbox.
  • Once the live-stream is complete, you’ll get access to a recorded replay version you can watch for 60 days after to review the information.
  • It takes a little bit of time to transcode the replay, so if it’s not accessible right away please check back in a few hours.
  • The recording will not be available for purchase after the stream is finished, so you need to sign up in advance.
  • Note: This is not an online course with lifetime access to the videos. You’ll have access to the recording for 60 days following the stream. After that the recording is no longer available. Make sure you watch the recording within 60 days.

About Your Instructor

Hey there, I’m Ian, aka DJ IBG. I love helping people achieve their musical goals, from total beginners to professionals adding to their skillset.
You might say that I’m a bit of a music madman. I’ve been obsessed with music since I was five years old. I’ve studied classical, rock, and blues guitar; I’ve played piano in a reggae band and drums in a punk band. I’ve frequented all-night classical Indian concerts. If it’s music, I’m all in.

I began producing in the analog domain with a 4-track cassette recorder. This machine allowed for only two effect returns, so I made the best mixes I could with just one compressor and one reverb. Even with such limited technology, I always loved the song production process, from tracking to mixing and mastering, and that passion continues to this day.
I worked for Ableton from 2008 to 2011, creating documentation, and this is where my understanding of digital music technology depended tremendously. I’ve since gone on to work for other companies like Novation and Future Audio Workshop. I’m also proud to say that I’ve been creating content and collaborating with Warp Academy since its founding.

Nowadays, you can find me mixing albums for artists across various genres and releasing hip hop, house, and footwork songs under the moniker DJ IBG.

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