When mixing, it’s really nice how easy Live makes it to A/B different effect settings or configurations – even when spread across multiple tracks. For example, earlier today I wanted to compare two different EQ settings on a layerd bass part. I wanted to hear what it sounded like to boost the lows in one part, while cutting them in another.

With a little key mapping it was easy to set this up to be toggled back and forth with a single keystroke.   First, I mapped the letter a to the activator of the first EQ:

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…then mapped the same key to the activator on the EQ in the other track:

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It’s well worth taking a few minutes to do some key mapping when you want to compare sounds. There’s no limit to how many devices you can simultaneously turn on and off with this little trick.