I like to use the preset racks in Ableton Impulse. The problem is I for the life of me cannot figure out how to switch the positions of the drum samples. Say I wanted to have the kick drum in 3rd position rather than 1st position? Dragging won't work... anyone know a simple way to say, switch the kick with the hat or whatever?

  • Have you tried dragging the samples from the browser on the left to the positions you want? Also, if you have Live Intro I'm pretty sure you can't change the samples or positions of the samples. Jun 23, 2016 at 18:10
  • sure, that works, but I'm trying to stick with the samples currently in the preset. I just want to change their positions.... Why go look for it in the browser when it's right there in the preset?
    – user32882
    Jun 23, 2016 at 18:15

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Well. I have Ableton Live 9 Suite and I just dragged one drum rack position to another one and it swapped the samples between those two positions.

From the Ableton Live 9 PDF manual (page 275):

Dragging a pad to another pad swaps the note mapping between the pads. This means that any MIDI clips triggering the affected notes will now play the “wrong“ sounds — although this might be exactly what you want. ALT / CMD-dragging one pad to another will layer any chains from both pads in a nested Instrument Rack.

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