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Exporting clips and devices

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Video: Exporting clips and devices

As you work with clips in Live, it's likely that you'll want to save changes that you've made to clips and presets for use in other projects. Let's take a look at how you can export clips and presets to Live's library, so that you can access the change content from the Live browser. So, exporting clips is fairly easy, now, I'm going to want to create a place to put these, so I'm organized. So, I've got my User Library selected here, and I'm going to go ahead and right+click in that area and I'm going to choose New Folder. I'm going to call this My Clips, and to export a clip there, all I need to do is select a clip and drag and drop it into that folder. When I do that, I get a dialog that asks me if I want to copy any of the content related to that clip with it into the folder. Now I'm getting this dialog box because of a preference. So, I'm going to cancel briefly, and I'm going to go up to the Live menu and choose Preferences.

Exporting clips and devices

As you work with clips in Live, it's likely that you'll want to save changes that you've made to clips and presets for use in other projects. Let's take a look at how you can export clips and presets to Live's library, so that you can access the change content from the Live browser. So, exporting clips is fairly easy, now, I'm going to want to create a place to put these, so I'm organized. So, I've got my User Library selected here, and I'm going to go ahead and right+click in that area and I'm going to choose New Folder. I'm going to call this My Clips, and to export a clip there, all I need to do is select a clip and drag and drop it into that folder. When I do that, I get a dialog that asks me if I want to copy any of the content related to that clip with it into the folder. Now I'm getting this dialog box because of a preference. So, I'm going to cancel briefly, and I'm going to go up to the Live menu and choose Preferences.

And I'm on the Library tab, and up at the very top you'll see this option for clicked files on export, and right now this is Set to Ask. So, I'm going to click that, and I'm going to say Always, and this way if I'm not thinking about what I'm doing and I export something the content will be there with a clip. So,let me close that, and now I'm going to go ahead and drag that same clip back into that folder and let go. And notice that it didn't give me that option, its just gone ahead and saved that, I'll moved that over a little bit. And I can go ahead and give that a name, if I want it to call that something different, but I'll go ahead and just call that Drum Beat and hit my return key.

And now that can be used in future sets. Now I can do the same thing with the whole group of clips that are on this track by Shift + clicking them and dragging them, again, over into the browser. So, I'll put those in the My Clips area, let go, and I'll call this Drum Beats. My Return key, again it saved all that content with it, but it looks a little different this time. Instead of getting 5 clips listed over here in the folder, it looks like I've got an actual Live project folder.

And if I click and open that I can see that I've got a group of things. And then finally if I drill down all the way, I can see that I've got the 5 clips that were there. Now if I want to reuse one of those, I can just grab it and drag it back onto the Drop Files and Devices Area and let go. And notice that I've got the clip, and if I select that, notice that I not only got the clip, but I also got the devices that we're playing that. So, I can also export devices, to do that, it's drag and drop as well.

All I need to do is drag this up into my User Library, and this time there's already a folder here called Presets. So I'll use that one, so I'll drag that up, drop it. And I can see that what I actually got there was a Drum group. And I know that I'm actually in a group or a rack, because I've got brackets on the outside edges of all this stuff I've got down here. So, I'll go ahead and save that one. Just to show you that I can export just a device, I'm going to select the group over here and right+click, and I'm going to choose Ungroup.

And now I can see just the impulse instrument that's being used to play this clip, and I'm going to drag that one up into the Presets area. And I get a drumgroove.adv, I'll hit Return, and we can see the difference there, again, between a single device, which is a .adv type device, and a group of devices. Which in this case included both the Soft Synth that was playing that, and also this Saturater and Reverb audio effect devices.

Now I can export this whole project that we're looking at, by going up to the File menu and clicking Manage Files. Then clicking Manage Project, and the bottom option down here where it says packing, if I open up that disclosure triangle, you can see that it allows me to create something called a Live Pack. So, let's go ahead and do that, this opens up a dialog. Let me go ahead and let's just put this on the desktop, so I'll click there. And I'm going to call this Test, and go ahead and click Save.

Said that was successfully created, I'll close that, and I'm going to hide Live. So, out on the desktop, I've got a test.alp file. Now what's happened is Live has taken the contents that were in that project, it's compressed them using lossless compression, and combined that into one file. If I go ahead and double+click that, it will open it up, and it's asking me where I want to save the destination for this Live Pack when I open it. Now often times what we'll do is we'll actually put those in the Live Packs Folder.

I'm going to go ahead and just leave it on the desktop and click Open. And again, I'll Hide Live, then I can go back, and we can see we simply got a Live Project Folder. If I open that up, there's the Project and I see some sub folders there. The Project Info folder that has metadata, and I also see the Samples folder that contains all of the different samples that were part of this. And while we're here, this is interesting, we see the audio files. And this is the first time that we've seen these .asd files. But what that is.

is an Analysis file, that allows Live to time stretch, the actual audio files, when it actually warps them to fit whatever the session tempo that we're looking at. Okay, so let's go back into Live, on the Cmd+tab to get back in there. And the last thing I want to show you here is that we can import and export MIDI files as well. So, I'm going to Cmd+tab to get the finder on top, and let me close that one. And right now I'm actually looking in the Exercise Files Folder, so there you see the chapters, and I'm in 4 5 which we're working on.

And contained in that folder there's also a dot mid file So, I'm going to click this file and drag that up into the session, and let that go. And when I did that, notice that not only did I get a MIDI file, but I actually got 2 of them. And that's because I actually imported something that's called a Standard MIDI File Type 1. So, there are actually 2 types, there's a Type 0 and a Type 1. A Type 0 file takes all of the content that you have in a session or it can be something that you're exporting from a program like Finale or Sibelius.

And it takes all the staves or all the tracks, and it combines those into one file. And when you put it into a new program, it's all on 1 track. You don't get separate clips the way we did here. So, if you export as a standard MIDI File Type 1, it takes each track or stave and saves that. But when you open it in the next program, you'll get a different MIDI clip for each stave or track that you had, so that's what we had here. Now, conversely in live when we go to Export MIDI, you can do that by selecting a clip.

And then right+clicking on it and we have this option for Export MIDI clip. So, in this case the only option that we have is to export these one by one. We don't actually get the option to select them all and export them as a standard MIDI File Type 0, or Type 1. We just get the option to save each clip one at a time as its own standard MIDI file. So, I'll go ahead and lick the desktop and click Save. Again, I'll hide Live briefly, and now when we look out here on the desktop, we can see this beatwithfill.mid. So, Live contains a number of useful utilities to manage your library content, and makes it easy to import and export your clips, devices, and projects.

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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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