Free Ableton Live 10 Synth FX Rack and Important Lessons from #Jamuary2018

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As I mentioned in an earlier post and on the Music Production Podcast, I am participating in #Jamuary2018. The goal is to post a jam every day. It can be a full song, a beat, just an exploration on an instrument... it doesn't really matter. And quality is not an issue. The point is to get to work every day for the entire month. 

At the time of this post, I've managed to put something together all 15 days. It's basically the halfway point and I'm really excited to have made it this far. Follow me on Instagram to see what I've been up to. There's quite a community of people participating, using #Jamuary2018 to tag their posts.

In episode #45 of the Music Production Podcast, I talk about the first 10 days of the Jamuary challenge. There turns out there were quite a few lessons and surprises that I came across. Give a listen to that episode here.

One discovery I made had to do with organizing my hardware synths into External Instrument device Racks in Live. It never really occurred to me to place the External Instrument device inside an Instrument Rack with effects. Thanks to this revelation, working with my hardware is way smoother and much less of a hassle. 

Drop any instrument in this Rack for instant Filters, Echo, and Chorus.

Today I'd like to share that Instrument Rack with you. It doesn't have an instrument loaded, but you can put whatever instrument you want in there and you'll instantly have a Low and High Pass Filter, Echo, and a Chorus. It's a nice Rack to have on hand when you want to quickly spice up an instrument. I offer it to you as  Free Ableton Live Pack #166.

I hesitated to release this at first, because it was made with Ableton Live 10. However, the Live 10 beta is now open to the public, so if you want to use this rack, head over to to download the Live 10 beta. I've found the beta to be extremely stable, however, it is worth mentioning, it is still a beta. There are likely some bugs and issues that will be ironed out before the final release. But from my experience, it has been running really well. I'm doing most of my work in Live 10 these days without any issues. 

Enjoy the Instrument Rack!