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Ableton Contest: Win a Pre-Release Midi Fighter 3D

To celebrate the fast-approaching release of our newest controller, we’re holding a contest to give you an exclusive opportunity to get a Midi Fighter 3D before they are public. For this special occasion, it seemed fitting that we challenge everyone to think creatively and explore what’s possible with electronic music performance. Continue reading to download a free Ableton Live sample pack that will turn your controllers into a true instrument!

We called upon our in-house Ableton specialist Mad Zach to create a killer rack of samples set up perfectly for Ableton’s drumrack. The 64 sample rack contains four banks of sounds optimized for live performance,  each with their own set of drums, synths, and one shot samples.

This layout showcases Ableton’s highly flexible instrument rack to create dynamic banks that pump and glue together in an totally interactive way.

The drum rack is turbo charged by our brand new firmware update for Midi Fighter and Midi Fighter Pro (see below) which unlocks hot new functionality, including the ability to switch between toggle and momentary MIDI assign modes. This allows you to finally utilize momentary FX in Ableton, a sweet new feature that was not previously possible on the Midi Fighters!

Ready to Rock?!

How do I enter?  Record your performance and  post a video reply to this video 

How do I Win? Create the most creative arrangement and performance of this free ableton drum rack ( Editor’s Note: this rack was free only available during the contest period – it’s available as a part of Mad Zach’s Soundpacks Volume I

How Long Should It Be? Keep it under two minutes, captain. Unfortunately, we don’t have hundreds of hours to watch 15 minute extravaganzas!

What’s Off Limits? Excessive use of other sample packs, drum racks or sounds – keep it focused on the included rack. Software other than Ableton Live.

When is the Contest Over?! The contest ends APRIL 4th and winners will be announced April 10th.

What Can I Use? Any controller or keyboard on the planet.

While we’re not going to require you to use a Midi Fighter, the rack was designed with a 4×4 grid in mind. That said, even if you don’t have a MIDI controller, you can still use your computer keyboard to trigger the samples. (Ableton keyboard mappings).

What Do I Win? Isn’t it clear? One of the very first Midi Fighter 3Ds!

If you don’t currently have a copy of Live, fear not! You can still participate by downloading this trial version of the software from Ableton’s site. Although you will be limited by not being able to save, you can still use all the functionality of the software, including installing the drumrack.

Midi Fighter Firmware Update!

In order to milk the most out of your Midi Fighter Classic or Pro and make it work beautifully with Ableton, download the new configuration utility here. This new utility gives you the option of selecting a new Ableton focused firmware, simply select “Ableton Live” and load the new firmware to your Midi Fighter.  If you ever screw up your settings and have any issues you can always do a factory reset configuration in the utility tools menu bar.

Installing the Rack

  1. Download the Midi Fighter 3d Contest Rack (Editor’s Note: this rack was free only available during the contest period – it’s available as a part of Mad Zach’s Soundpacks Volume I
  2. Quit Ableton Live (it must be installed)
  3. Double click the file and let Ableton open the live pack.
  4. Pick where you want to install the pack (i.e. music/ableton/projects).
  5. Head back to that location  (i.e. music/ableton/projects) in your file manager.
  6. Look for a project named “Midi Fighter 3D contest Rack” and open it.
  7. Save the instrument rack to your library by hitting the save icon.

Switching banks…

To switch between banks, use the keyboard keys “z, x, and c” to turn on and off a series of three pitch objects. Each pitch object moves all the MIDI notes up 16 steps. If you have all the pitch objects on at once, that means you are in the last bank. Order does not affect the bank, only the number of pitch objects “on.”

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  • joe

    Please give me the password for this pack. madzach does not work

  • Hence

    Comeon, password anyone??

  • brohammer

    Password PLEASE madzach doesn’t work

  • Anonymous


  • bennytyp89

    new password ?!?!?!?!?!

  • Drew

    The password isn’t working on mediafire. is it still available for download?

  • I know I am super late and can’t even submit a video but I really want the rack but I don’t know the password. Can someone give it to me?

  • Daweed

    What’s the new password please!!!

  • Tim

    Hey whats the password?????

  • octaphunt

    come devo far per la password ???????
    grazie 🙂

  • WompWomp

    Password is madzach

  • Password?

  • montcho

    if you dont know the pass, means yo are not ready for this contest 😉

  • betta

    password??? anyone??

  • Hamilton

    What is the password for this???

  • Hamilton

    What is the password for this???

  • Runaway

    What’s the password to download the drum rack from ?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to set up Live so that I can loop record like in Traktor or on the Maschine. I’ve tried to record from the midifigther rack, and I get the midi notes, but when I play it back there’s no sound? Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  • Synthwarrior

     Mad Zach is a tool

  • EvanWhomp 

    Here’s me entry it’s a little late cause youtubes uploader messed up the first time but yeah here it is..

  • Stephen Nanna

    I hope you received my response. youtube wouldn’t allow me to  post the URL in the comments section. My username is snanna1234 and my video is entitled “MIDI Fighter Ableton 2012 contest”. If you could confirm via youtube that would be awesome. Thank you for the opportunity to compete. Their were alot of great submissions, so I wish you luck deciding.
    My entry:

  • Stephen Nanna

    Hey, just wanted to make sure that my video entry reached you guys.

  • pmgodrums

    so many great entries.. good luck to all.  

  • XB12

    Hi ! we upload our video the 3 april, but sound doesn’t seems to work ! So we re-upload, here is the link : have also upload on Vimeo

  • Richard

    can we still submit our entries ON the day of april 4th before midnight or does it have to be in on April 3rd before midnight?

  • Church Boner

    Nice to see that Launchpad users have the upper hand with access to the 64 samples all at once!

  • Carlos B

    Hey, Just wanted to see if its legal for us to use some of the samples in the rack for producing.

  • its not allowing me to download the pack, its really frustrating as id love a chance to enter this competition 

  • Can I change the samples (stretch, reverse, change pitch, etc) from the pack?

    And can I use Live effects – reverb, delay, beatrepeat?

  • Chance

    Dude.  Seriously amazing Live Pack.  Easily the best I’ve found so far.

  • mrGarys /FTsQ6nm3QQc
    Whoever receives the challenge?
    or Here no one to compete??

  • Leigh

    Are these samples royalty free? 🙂

    • Black Cell


  • djlynzo

    are there any rules?

  • Might have to dust of the old  Monome Ableton mapping I made  for this one.  does anyone have a go 2 version for Live?

  • gonekrazy3000

    I gotta ask. are we allowed to use clips (to be specific midiclips that trigger the drumracks) ? coz my timing is just too terrible to come up with drum loops live :/ i am pretty decent at creating tons of loops and triggering them via midi. the new ableton firmware is a BEAST! =D my mf pro has pretty much replaced my launchpad as a live cliplauncher now….. I am so glad u guys added this functionality =D the 4 banks mode is a godsend….

    • Madzach

      sure, you can use clips, as long as you do something live and creative with them

      • gonekrazy3000

        awesome 🙂 guess i’ll be tinkering around tons in ableton to make that killer 2 minute track :3. 

  • Greg Cerveny

    Bonus points if you film an entry in a parking garage?

  • can i use more than one midi controller?

    • Madzach

      yes, as many as you want!

  • Circuitboredmusic

    can I use mlr on my launchpad rewired to live?!?!?!

  • Deajay irate

    Aww damn it I new I should have gone to sxsw!!! Next year I’ll for sure go!!! Oh by the way who ever wins can I have your old midi fighter? Lol thanks

  • Santielenaiscool

    i think i’ll kill the guy that first put all that noise in the music, it really sucks nowdays…

  • yoo i saw mad zach at his show the dude is cool

  • Circuitbored

    May I use mlr on my launchpad rewired to live?

  • James


    Who is judging this and how will it be judged?

    Peace and Love!

  • Put

    Yo Mad Zac,

    Is Max for live and maschine as bat also using rack samples ok?

    • Madzach

      sure, you can do whatever as long as you use the samples and ableton

      • Ben

        Dude what is the password 🙁

  • Put

    Can I use max for live? , maschine as vst(with some of drum racks samples?)

  • Postmastersodium

    can I do 2 entries? I have two ideas to do with this, one that’s more funny than technically sound, and one that’s more technically sound (but not really). If I have to focus on one, I need to know before I make both and DQ myself :-). 

    • Spacecamp

      Go for it! Just make sure they’re both about or ideally under two minutes : )

  • Soundtransmission

    can i use other vst effects  ?

    • Soundtransmisson

       ups i didnt scroll down

      • Madzach


  • Theo Void

    I’m having issues here. I downloaded twice and when i try to install it says that this Livepack is corrupt and cannot be installed.
    I have Ableton Live 8.2.8 Suite.
    Any suggestions. I’d really like to do this!

    • Madzach

      try downloading again? has anyone else had this problem?

      • Theo Void

        I tried re-downloading and installing 3 times.

        • jprime

           Same issue here.

          • Theo Void

            It says failed to complete installation because live pack is corrupt…..

          • Madzach

            do you have a legit version of live (purchased or trial)? tons of people have installed effectively

    • dookiebrown

       all i get is a corrupt file?

  • Asdfg

    Hey F*CKERS – “We called upon our in-house Ableton specialist Mad Zach” – You guys have a in house ableton specialist now??? IF SO Then seriously answer this.

    You guys are selling midi controllers – some of which would be great add-ons to serato, but EVERYTHING you ever post about your controller mappings and serato together is out dated and never tackled the 500 pound elephant the bridge… What the hell does Mad Zach do all day if he’s not tackling a serato bridge style mapping/setup to accompany your products. Seriously you all act like it doesn’t exsist instead of filling a HUGE hole in the controller/mapping market. Bottom line no matter how you feel about it, you’d have something unique to offer and make more sales. Sales are good for business right? GET ON IT

    • Campark43

      Anonymous, valid points, I at least have the testies to post my real email while being an

    • can you tell us what is missing from current bridge controllers and how you would want one to work? 

      • JuanSOLO

        His question may be harsh, yet I think it would be great to see an article that exposes the Bridge completely. What it can do, what it cant do. 

      • Asdfg

         Ableton patchs made just for serato/bridge? a DJTT ableton save with a wide variety of ready to plug in racks (designed by a pro right?) packaged very nice and easy to use-stuff like advanced chained affects style rack not (Bento does some cool stuff) maybe a “glitch” patch centered on retriggering parts of the bar but with all the ableton bells and whistles IE random or automated modifiers etc … Basicly stuff for DJ’s who value plug and play (thats what seratos all about right?) and gain functionality withOUT mapping/screwing with learning how to install said advanced functionality etc in ableton.

        as far as that functions –
        Im suprised bento and the lot arent drooling at the chance to show off the cool things they’ve created in a content for cash setting.

        No one sells that content with any product, $$$$ get that money.

      • jprime

         I think taking into consideration a couple potential Bridge Users would be a good start:

        1.  The turntablist who wants controls for seratos Looping, FX, Cue points and sample banks, but also wants a grid of buttons for the Bridge, perhaps some rotaries, and faders.

        2.  The Ableton heavyweight who wants to incorporate a bit of scratch in the mix.   This controller would be a bit more directed at Ableton, but still have a few key familiar serato controls (little dicer-esque buttons in the bottom left/right areas of the unit?)

          I agree that there is room in this area for a specific controller / controllers. 

    • Slime Ballin’

       … or you could GET ON IT F*CKER… my god man, show some class.

    • JuanSOLO

      500 lbs is just not that big of an elephant really.

  • Theo Void

    Nice!!! I’m all over this!!! I’ll be using a Launchpad! Gonna go get started now!!!

  • we can only use the samples in the pack?

    • MadZach

      no you can use them in conjunction with your own samples as well, but you must use some of them, meant as a starting point 🙂

  • “What Can I Use?: You can use 10 fingers, elbows, chins, friends, pets, sticks, the force…”
    Really? I don’t want to see any complains after I use my “this is not the drumrack you’re looking for” trick…

    • DJlynzo

      Haha the force, Good one! and yeah i think so.

  • R3Bonaire

    were to submit ??? are  VST ‘s allowed and other equipment??? Like SP555 and Kaossilator?

    • MadZach

      yeah you can use anything, gear, vst’s whatever, as long as you use the drum rack as a starting place

      • ajrindy

        In the rules it says we can’t use other sounds. Is this a change in the rules?

        • Madzach


  • JuanSOLO

    Some nice samples here. So let me get this straight, the only real rules are, Use the Samples, and keep it at 2 minutes or less. 

    So I can, modify the DrumRack with my own FX and group these samples to racks pitch them, alter them during performance etc?

    Does playback of these samples have to stay in the DrumRack? 
    In other words can I make on the fly loops of what I am mashing out of the drumRack, playback those loops and mash out more?

    This could be fun.

    • Madzach


    • Spacecamp


      Feel free to modify and group the samples however you like – keeping them in the DrumRack isn’t necessary – if you think you can create a cooler performance without, go for it. 

  • rosserik

    Launchpad allowed?

    • James Holt


  • Mxalmond1

    the chains of fx are going to be enormous 😉 

  • BentoSan

    props to anyone who makes a killer Mapulator patch and kills the competition

  • where do we submit our video?

    • Spacecamp

      Submit it as a video reply to the video in the article!

  • Finally an ableton contest. I got this 

  • Been waiting for this. I want that first Midi Fighter!