Ableton Live Rack #26: SQ-80 Hush [6 Months of Racks!]

SQ-80 in the snow

Today is an exciting day for me, it marks six months of releasing these Ableton Live Racks for your downloading pleasure.  I want to thank you for your support and kind words, it means a lot to me and has made this a truly exciting project to work on.

A big reason I do this is to meet new people and share ideas and music with people I would otherwise have no way of reaching;  I thought that this 26th Ableton Rack should reflect that.

One great soldier of information in the electronic music community is Tom who writes the blog Waveformless.  The motto of the site is a “Freeform discussion of electronic music and the techniques and gear used in making it.”  I highly recommend checking it out and exploring the vast information from synthesizer news to free sample Fridays.  This weeks Free Ableton Live Rack was created using some of Tom’s free samples.  Thanks to Tom for sharing these samples and letting me rack them up for everybody’s enjoyment!

I’m not going to pretend I know anything about the SQ-80, I’ve never touched one in my life, but therein lies the beauty of the internet.  Tom supplied us with a bunch of samples from the “Hush” preset, as well as a sample of the synth powering down.  From there I have merely thrown the samples into Live’s Sampler and mapped out some choice macro knobs.  The result is something that I hope you will find useful.  (If nothing else, play around with the notes on the extreme high end of the keyboard.  That’s where the samples of the SQ-80 being powered down are, and the sounds I am most excited to use in my own productions.  Great call on adding that sample, Tom!)

So check out the video below for a complete walkthrough and download the SQ-80 rack for use in your own music.

Thanks very much for your support!  As always, if you use any of these racks in your own productions, please send them to me via my Soundcloud Dropbox; I’ll post them for everyone to hear.  Have a great week :)

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Free Ableton Live Racks From The Past :)

-Weekly Ableton Rack #25: Glitched Piano
-Glitch Machine Part 2 [Free Weekly Ableton Rack #24]
-Ableton Rack #23: Super Glitch Machine (part 1)
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #22: Nu Wave Synth
-Free Weekly Ableton Rack #21: Synth Workstation & FX Rack
-Ableton Live Rack #20: Guitar Harmonics Synth 
-“Big C’s Wicked Game” Ableton Rack
-Free Ableton Rack #18: Melodica Rack
-AfroDJMac’s FirecRACKer Synth (Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack 17)
-AfroDJMac’s Drum Tracks [Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #16]
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #15: Fender Feedback
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #14: Noises, Risers, Swooshes
Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #13: Korg Monotron
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #12: Vocal Rack and Dub Delay the AfroDJMac Way
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #11: Found Percussion
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #10: AfroDJMac Broken Bells Rack
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #9: Yamaha CP-35 Rack
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #8: “Red Stripe Bottle Synth”
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #7: “Dubstep Lawnmower Man”
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #6- “AfroDJMac Nintendo Rack”
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #5: “AfroDJMac Space China”
Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #4 – “AfroDJMac Michael Jackson Synth” — Plus Bonus Amp -Emulator Effect Rack
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #3 – “AfroDjMac Reversed Piano”
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #2 – “AfroDjMac Gibson Ebow Pad” and Live Video Performance from Brooklyn
-Free Weekly Ableton Live Rack #1- “AfroDjMac Laptop Feedback”