When I play some instruments in Ableton Live 9 with my MIDI controller, e.g. a "Stranger Lead Guitar" or "Steel jazz clean," it plays sound when I hit the key, which is good, but it also plays a sound when I release the key, which I would like to avoid. It creates a very bad sound in my FX chain.

Is there any way to modify the instrument or sound so that it does not play upon key release? Why does this happen for some instruments and not for others?

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    Some are programmed to respond to note off or velocity zero with a 'lift' sound, a string scrape for a guitar, key-lifting sound for a piano etc. You might have to dig into the particular instruments parameters & see if you can dig it out.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 23, 2014 at 13:14
  • Yes, I understand that, the thing is I have no clue where to look for this within Ableton
    – Ev0oD
    Dec 23, 2014 at 14:10
  • Sorry, I've not really used it myself.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 23, 2014 at 15:18
  • This is very much a virtual instrument specific question. What instrument package are you using? Feb 15, 2015 at 17:34
  • It is bundled within the ableton live 9
    – Ev0oD
    Feb 15, 2015 at 17:36

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Okay so I looked into it and it seems what is annoying you is a delay that is in the chain of effects next to the instrument. Specifically in "jazz guitar clean", it is associated with the reverb knob control and if you turn it all the way to the left the delay should stop ringing. Now, since there are other effects in that chain, that you might want to leave running, I suggest you delete the "simple delay" effect out of the track effect chain, and then you could keep the reverb knob up without that specific sound you want to get rid of.

  • Hi, it seems like I cannot affect the track effect chain, not even to view it. I can see the basic 8 knobs and nothing more to the left or right. If I right click on the tab in the bottom below, I can see a context menu saying some effects but clicking on the items of the menu does nothing. It looks like this: i.snag.gy/wLOlh.jpg
    – Ev0oD
    Apr 21, 2015 at 13:04
  • Ok, a short google search returned forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=146337 that it is because I use lite and I cannot edit it, becaues it is a preset. So I guess an upgrade is necessary.
    – Ev0oD
    Apr 21, 2015 at 13:07

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