Routing challenge — how to bypass audio when effects are disabled?

What I have is an audio track, set to "sends only" as the output, and fully sent to a return track. On the return track are three disabled effects.

What I need is for audio on the return track to be muted until an effect is enabled.

The only solution I've been able to find is to map a MIDI command to either the send knob or the Track Activator, and use that as a bypass. But it's an extra step.

Any ideas? I have the Live 9 Suite (maybe Max 4 Live can solve this somehow?).


rmedek 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    There is really only one good way to do this. See below for more:

    1. Activate all audio effects that you have in that track
    2. place an audio effect rack in the track. Create 4 chains in the audio effect rack by right clicking or control clicking and selecting create chain.
    3. Place each effect into it's own chain, leaving 1 chain empty. This will be your dry chain. Use this when you just want a clear unobstructed signal.
    4. Click the chain button, which is next to the Hide button, to show an extended view of the audio effect rack.
    5. Move the little blue bars that are in line horizontally with each chain to the place where you would like to access the effect. By doing this, you allow your effects to trail out and they will not be clipped harshly. If you want to control when each effect is accessed, then you can map the chain selector to a midi control knob or fader. Or you can just automate it.

    Alternatively, if you do not want to do this, you can easily automate every action you just described so it is preprogrammed in your set.

    5 years ago | 1 comment

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