Group your Return Tracks in Ableton Live with this clever technique

Get more control over your effects sends without any latency issues.

Ableton Live Grouping Return Tracks

Using return tracks, or busses, is a commonplace technique to mix an instrument with a wet effect, such as reverb, delay or distortion. In Ableton Live, this is easily achieved and you can create as many Return Tracks as you need. But controlling each one can be tedious – what if you wanted to apply a filter across multiple Return Tracks at one point in your project?

In this Ableton Live tutorial, Liam O’Mullane teaches you how to group Live’s Return Tracks for a more manageable project. As well as learning how to group Return Tracks and compensate for delay, you’ll also learn the downsides of grouping and when you should consider this technique.

Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:

Those of you who already know Live inside and out, but are looking to explore other DAWs may want to check out our Logic Tips Series, following a similar pattern to this course.

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