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Exporting content from Live

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Video: Exporting content from Live

As you work with Live, it's likely that you'll want to save changes that you've made to clips for use in other projects. In this video, we'll learn how to export clips to Live's library so that you can access the new or changed content from the Live browsers. So exporting clips to the library is very, very easy. All we need to do is select a clip on a track and drag it into the Library--any folder. I like to keep things organized, so I'm going to select my Clips folder, and I'm going to right-click on that and choose Create Folder from the submenu. That way I can have a folder for my clips.

Exporting content from Live

As you work with Live, it's likely that you'll want to save changes that you've made to clips for use in other projects. In this video, we'll learn how to export clips to Live's library so that you can access the new or changed content from the Live browsers. So exporting clips to the library is very, very easy. All we need to do is select a clip on a track and drag it into the Library--any folder. I like to keep things organized, so I'm going to select my Clips folder, and I'm going to right-click on that and choose Create Folder from the submenu. That way I can have a folder for my clips.

Now, all I need to do is select a clip and drag it into that folder. Now, when you do that, this dialog pops up and asks you, what do you actually want to move? Is it just the clip itself, or is it the samples that are being referenced by that clip? I can go ahead and hit Copy or Don't Copy. Now, if you're going to be using this clip on another system, you're going to want to copy this content, because otherwise, you might end up with some broken links to that, and missing files. So I'll go ahead and click Copy. Now, that behavior can be set in Preferences-- that would be under the Live menu on a Mac, or the Options menu on a PC.

In the File Folder tab, under Browser Behavior, this Collect Files on Export is currently set to Ask. If you always want to do this, you can go ahead and put that on Always, and then you won't have to go through this dialog box in the future. Let me escape out of there. So that was a single clip. I can also export multiple clips. So I'm going to click the first one, and then Shift+Click the last one, so I've got all four of them selected. I'm going to drag those into My Clips folder. Again, the dialog box comes up, and asks me what I want.

I'll go ahead and click Copy. Notice it's a little bit different this time. It looks like I've got a subfolder with the Ableton logo on it, and the Type over here is telling me that it's a Live Set. Let me give that a name. I'll just call this "My Backbeat." Notice that it adds that .ALS extension that tells me it's a Live Set. Let me click that disclosure triangle. There is a subfolder in there. Then I can see that I have my four MIDI clips.

Now, I can also export the devices that are being used to play these clips, separately. Let me close that up, and I'm going to go down to the Device browser. And notice that I've got the devices that are being used to play this clip down here in Device view. If I simply click on the title bar of the device, I can drag and drop that into one of the folders that I can use at a later time. Since this is an Impulse-related device, I'm going to grab this and drag that up into my Acoustic folder, inside the Instruments and Impulse folder.

Again, it's going to ask me, "Hey! There are some clips that are being accessed by this particular device, and there are samples with that. Do you want to copy those?" In this case, because I know the device is here on my system and the samples, there are there as well, so I'm going to click Don't Copy, and it pops up, and it asks me, "Hey! What do you want to name that?" I'll call that "Backbeat New." That way, when I come in here, I'll see that I've got both the original and the one that I've made changes to.

Now this particular device is a rack preset. When I look in Device view, there are actually several devices there. If I pull over here, I can see that I've got a couple of signal processors, including a reverb, that are part of that particular preset. Now that is also indicated up here under Type, by the place where it says Rack Preset. It's telling me that this is a group and there are multiple devices there. Now right under that, I've got a Ballad Device preset. Let me pull that into the session. If I made changes to that by clicking on one of the parts--I'll change the Decay here, and maybe I'll change the level on that, and I'll go over to the hi-hats, and I'll change the level, and I'll move the Pan--and now I want to save that as my Ballad preset, once again, I'll go up to the Acoustic folder, my Impulse device, and I'll drop that.

I'll go ahead and click Don't Copy. In this case, I didn't really need to worry about that because there actually isn't a clip or samples associated with that. But regardless, I'll do the same thing here. I'm going to call this one "Ballad New." Now that preset is saved for later use. Now, I can tell that this is not a Rack Device, because of the icon that's next to this is only a square, and over here under Type, it says Device Preset rather than Rack Preset. Now, I can also export my entire project into the library.

We do that by locating the project on your hard drive, through the browser. So I'm going to go to the Desktop and to the Exercise Files folder and down here to 04_03. I'll right-click on that, and I'll choose Manage Project from the contextual menu. That opens up this Manage Files area over here in the Help view. Now I can go down to the bottom here and choose Export to Library. Now before I do that, let me just tell you that it's going to export the contents of this current project.

If the current project is just a collection of the clips and device presets, that's what you'll get. If there aren't any samples that are referenced by those clips included, they won't be there. So if you want those, you'll actually want to go up to your File menu and choose Collect All and Save, so that any audio files and samples that are being referenced are included as part of this export. Then all you've got to do is click the Export button, and it's done. Before we finish, let's also talk about importing and exporting MIDI files.

So, importing MIDI files is also very easy. All I need to do is locate one, and I've got one here on the Desktop, and that's this MIDI Import.mid file. If I click the disclosure triangle, I'll see that I've got actually two MIDI clips here. I can bring those into the session and assign some devices to that, and I'll get playback. Now I've got two MIDI clips with this .mid file, because this is a standard one type MIDI file. Now, what that means is that when you export MIDI from a program like Finale, Sibelius, Logic, Pro Tools, you have the choice of exporting as a Type 0 or a Type 1 file.

A Type 0.mid file will take all of your staves, or all of your tracks, and combine them down into a single stave or track, so that when you import them into next program, you'll get one MIDI clip. A Type 1 file will keep all that information separate, so that you'll get one track per part, or one stave per part, and when you import that, you'll get multiple clips, as I did here. So this was a standard MIDI file Type 1. Now if I want to export these MIDI files from Ableton, I'll select one, then I'll go up to the File menu and choose Export MIDI Clip.

But if I choose both of these--again, I'll Shift+Click to select both of them-- and go File > Export MIDI Clip, that option is not available. So Ableton does not support standard MIDI file Type 1 export: only a single clip or a single MIDI file at a time. So Live contains a number of very useful utilities to manage your library content and really makes it easy to import and export clips.

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

69 video lessons · 16988 viewers

Rick Schmunk
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 8m 43s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      4m 30s
  3. 12m 59s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      3m 31s
    3. Optimizing performance
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 42s
    1. Understanding Session view
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Live browsers
      5m 3s
    3. Working with Live clips
      7m 57s
    4. Understanding clip properties
      7m 52s
    5. Working with Live scenes
      6m 43s
  5. 28m 16s
    1. Building Live Sets and projects
      4m 25s
    2. Learning Live file management
      4m 2s
    3. Exporting content from Live
      7m 32s
    4. Importing and exporting Live Packs
      3m 17s
    5. Searching for and auditioning clips
      4m 58s
    6. Setting up frequently accessed folders
      4m 2s
  6. 23m 3s
    1. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 51s
    2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 32s
    3. Working with alternate MIDI entry methods
      6m 49s
    4. Using multi-output virtual instruments
      5m 51s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. The MIDI Editor
      4m 49s
    2. Quantizing MIDI data
      6m 6s
    3. Advanced MIDI editing
      6m 49s
    4. Setting up groove in editing
      6m 42s
  8. 9m 18s
    1. Preparing to record
      5m 0s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 18s
  9. 22m 37s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      3m 41s
    2. Recording in Arrangement view
      3m 51s
    3. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 21s
    4. Reworking clips
      9m 44s
  10. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding Live's mixer
      12m 38s
    2. Using sends and returns
      3m 47s
    3. Building headphone cues
      3m 49s
    4. Grouping tracks
      7m 43s
  11. 43m 14s
    1. Working with effect devices
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 14s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      7m 28s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      8m 18s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 22s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      6m 56s
  12. 15m 37s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      8m 38s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      6m 59s
  13. 25m 24s
    1. Building automation patterns
      8m 44s
    2. Editing existing automation information
      5m 3s
    3. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 10s
    4. Understanding the power of clip envelopes
      7m 27s
  14. 20m 17s
    1. Understanding the basics of looping
      6m 54s
    2. Creating tracks that loop smoothly
      7m 50s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 33s
  15. 17m 47s
    1. Using the computer keyboard to control Live
      6m 39s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      4m 36s
    3. Using Live's instant mapping feature
      6m 32s
  16. 10m 44s
    1. Exporting audio
      5m 37s
    2. Freezing tracks
      5m 7s
  17. 20m 45s
    1. Building with the Impulse virtual instrument
      11m 35s
    2. Working with the Simpler virtual instrument
      9m 10s
  18. 36m 22s
    1. Overview of Live racks
      10m 13s
    2. Combining instruments and effects into a single device
      8m 22s
    3. Adding effects with Drum Rack
      11m 28s
    4. Assigning rack parameters to macros
      6m 19s
  19. 13m 53s
    1. Setting up ReWire with Pro Tools
      7m 3s
    2. Setting up ReWire with Logic
      6m 50s
  20. 33m 43s
    1. Preparing audio clips with the Warp tool
      14m 31s
    2. Triggering clips using follow actions
      8m 9s
    3. Using Live as a sound source
      11m 3s
  21. 7m 21s
    1. Working with video files
      7m 21s
  22. 37s
    1. Further Recommendations
      37s

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