Easy Wet/Dry Control in Ableton Live Using Effect Racks

Sometimes it’s nice to have a wet/dry control for effect plugins that don’t have one built-in. You could put the effect on a send and use it that way, but that has certain drawbacks. A major one in Ableton being that the sends aren’t delay compensated so you can run into phasing artifacts when doing things like parallel compression.

One easy way to get around this is to use an audio effect rack as an insert. Basically you just add an effect rack to the track you’re working with then create two new chains within the rack. On one chain you will put whatever effect you’re using and the other chain will be just the dry signal with no effects.

Image 1 – Zone editor with two zones created

Next, you’ll need to click the littleĀ ”chain” button to display the zone editor. Now just drag the zone marker for each chain so that it fills the entire ruler, like image 1. You’ll probably want to tweak the ranges a tiny bit so that the dry zone extends from 0 to 126 and the wet zone is from 1 to 127. The reason for this is that if both chains take up the full range you’ll still be getting a tiny bit of signal from the wet chain when the chain selector is all the way to the left and vice versa.

At this point, 100% of the audio signal will pass through both chains. Now what you want to do is drag the lighter-colored bar to create a crossfade like I’ve shown in image 2. This part is a little fiddly, so if you’re not sure where to click for the crossfade just look at the picture.

Ableton Screenshot 2

Image 2 – Zone editor with crossfade

After you create the crossfade it should look like image 3. Now as you move the chain selector (the little red vertical bar at the top of the zone editor) around you will get varying amounts of the wet and dry signal.

Image 3 – Once the crossfade is created it should look like this

The last thing to do is map the chain selector to one of the macro knobs so you will have one knob to easily mix the wet and dry signals together. Now when you turn the knob all the way to the left you will get 100% dry signal, and all the way to right will be 100% wet.

There you have it – an easy way to add a wet/dry control to any effect without using sends.

Image 4 – Completed wet/dry rack with macro knob control

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Pocket Zombie – The Zombie You Can Take Anywhere!

Just released a free new track in honor of the Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere tonight. Pocket Zombie – The Zombie You Can Take Anywhere!

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Free Track – Dizzay

Just put up a previously unreleased track I made last year. It’s kind of a mix between Breaks and Moombahton. Not sure if I really like it anymore so it might suck. I can’t really tell. Anyway, check it out and you can download it for free if you like it.

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Intro to Synthesis Video Series

Recently stumbled across this video series on Youtube. Pretty good introduction to synthesis basics. It’s pretty dated, but all of the concepts explained in these videos still apply to modern synthesizers. Some great awkward ’80s moments in there too. Definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in synthesis and sound design.

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Make it Bun Dem – Flex Vector Remix

Ayo, just put up my Skrillex & Damian Marley “Make it Bun Dem” remix on Soundcloud for free download. It’s a bouncy acid reggae kinda ting gwan down ‘ere. Nah, mean? No? Me either. I have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about.

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On the Real – New Free Track

I made this track last Spring and wasn’t really sure what to do with it so I decided to just throw it up as a free download.

Plucky basses, ’80s phased strings, screeching acid lines and more drums then you can shake a stick at! The perfect soundtrack for your acid-induced police chase!

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Make It Bun Dem Remix Contest

Skrillex & Damian Marley

So, I did a remix of the Skrillex and Damian Marley track “Make It Bun Dem” for the Beatport remix contest. It’s a slow, bouncy groove with 808 bass, a wonky lead, and an acid breakdown in the middle. I have absolutely no chance of winning but you can check it out here anyway…


I’ll throw it up as a free download once the contest is over.


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Spellbound EP

My new EP, “Spellbound”, dropped today and is available as a free download from blocSonic and is also streaming on YouTube atĀ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5929D289B19AA0D0. Check it out if you’re into glitches, wobbles, breaks and bass. And if you’re not? What the hell, check it out anyway. You’ve got nothing to lose but your time and dignity!


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