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Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows you how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas. Along the way, get familiar with the Live interface, work with its views for recording and editing audio and MIDI, and explore its unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities. Plus, learn real-world production skills that can be applied to songwriting, studio production, and DJing. The final chapters offer an inside look at features added in Live 9, such as new Instrument Racks containing over 3,000 production-ready sounds, and Max for Live, a toolkit for building custom 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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