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Creating your own "Synth" in 10 Steps with Ableton Instrument Racks

Creating your own „Synth“ in 10 Steps with Ableton Instrument Racks

Ableton is a great tool for many things, for example creating your own "synth“. If you combine several Simpler or Sampler devices through Instrument Racks, plug in recorded synth audios and add some audio effects, you essentially create your very own basic "synth“.  



  1. Find a great sound, take off all effects and modulations, making sure you get the raw sound and record it on several octaves (C1, C2, C3, C4 for example).
  2. Plug the C1 recording into a simpler device on a new MIDI channel. 
  3. Set your sampler device on Loop mode (optional) - adjusting the fades for smooth transitions
  4. Create an Instrument group with this simpler
  5. Map your Volume, Velocity and ADSR curves to the Instrument group macros. 
  6. Duplicate this Simpler and by that adding simpler devices for the other recordings (C2,C3,C4) inside the chain of the group. 
  7. Adjust the transposition of each simpler in perspective to the C3 note (C1: +24 st; C2: + 12 st, etc..)
  8. Add an Autofilter, Chorus, Reverb and Sidechain Compressor in the effect chain behind your instrument/effect group.
  9. Select the entire set of devices and group them into another instrument rack
  10. Map Filter Cutoff, Reverb Dry/Wet, Chorus Dry/Wet and Sidechain Compression Threshold to the Macros of the parent instrument rack. 
  11. You’ve just created your own simple synth out of a couple of simpler devices. 

Possible Purposes:

  • Saving CPU power at your live performances 
  • Capturing the best sounds out of a Demo Vst Plugin
  • Sharing unfinished project files with friends who don’t have the exact same setup / vsts you have.


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Check out our other articles on Ableton Live:



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