Ableton Live 9 Quick Tips: 3 Ways to Bypass Effects in Tracks

This is a question I've seen pop up over the internet again and again and I thought I'd shed some light on the topic. While there's a bypass button in some other DAWs that allow you to simply temporarily turn off all effects on a specific track, this feature doesn't exist in Ableton Live. There are ways to achieve a bypass fairly quickly though and in this video I'm showing you the three fastest ones.


If you have questions or suggestions or just ideas how else to achieve a bypass effect, please leave a comment below.

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By |2017-02-02T20:09:03+00:00October 6th, 2016|Ableton Live Tutorials|5 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Larry Chaney October 6, 2016 at 19:52 - Reply

    Thank you so much! I did not know about the Options.txt function. This is the best tip ever!

  2. Lawrence October 8, 2016 at 18:45 - Reply

    I find the easiest way to bypass them all is group all the effects and just switch the group off…

  3. wishniak October 30, 2016 at 21:07 - Reply

    nice one – also “0” when a singe effect or all effects are selected works well too.

    • Madeleine Bloom October 31, 2016 at 21:09 - Reply

      Yes, that’s true. Thanks for the addition. I forgot to mention that in the video.

  4. Kris January 21, 2017 at 18:59 - Reply

    MUCH THANKS! Very handy!

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