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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training with Rick Schmunk offers a comprehensive overview of Ableton's live audio and MIDI sequencing software and the techniques required to compose, record, and edit music, in real time, on stage, or in the studio. The course includes tutorials on compiling live sets from audio and MIDI clips, loops, or samples, applying MIDI effects, warping audio, and recording and producing songs in any number of contemporary styles. Exercise files are included with the course.
As you work with Live, it's likely that you want to import new content. In this video, we'll learn how to import and export Live Packs to Live's Library so that you can access the new or changed content from Live browsers. So Ableton Live has a lot of free content on their web site. So I've changed my browser, and I'm in the Downloads area. And if you scroll down to under More downloads, you'll Live Packs listed. If you click on that, you can then see all of the free content that's available if you own a copy of Live and you've registered on the web site.
Now, I won't click to download one of these right now because it does take time, but once you've downloaded the content to your computer, it's very easy to bring the content into Live. All you need to do is locate the Live Pack, either using your finder window on a Mac or Explorer window on a PC, or open it up in the Live browser. And here you can see I've got an Import Live Pack.alp--that's the Live Pack file--and then double-click that, and it will open it and populate the appropriate folders or subfolders in your library.
Now exporting a Live Pack is easy as well: all you need to do is locate the project file in your browser-- I've got one here--and right-click on that, and choose Manage Project from the Contextual menu. Now, that analyzes the file and then shows us the information over here in the Help View area, and you can go down to Packing and choose Create Live Pack. You need to make sure that before you do that that all of the content that you want as part of this Live Pack is actually in the project. Now, if you're using clips that reference samples were other assets, you need to go up to the File menu and choose Collect All and Save, so that all of those samples are then saved into the Live Project folder.
At that point, you can come over and choose Create Live Pack, and I'll give this a name, and I'm going to put that on the Desktop for right now, and click Save. It takes second. If I go out to my desktop, there it is. Now the cool thing about this it is actually uses lossless compression as part of the process of packing that into that single folder. If I click on that, you will notice that there are no contained files.
That's because it's compressed. Now when you double-click this on the other end and open it up, because its lossless compression will get everything back and the audio quality will be unaffected. One last thing before we finish: lets take a look at the Library location. I'm want to go up to Live > Preferences-- and that's under the Options menu on a PC--and I'm going to go down to the Library tab. When you first load Ableton Live on to your computer you get the option of stipulating where the Library is located. If you put it on the system drive, at a later point, you may want to change that, especially if you're on a Laptop and you have a 5400-RPM drive and you would like that to be on a faster hard drive.
To change the location Library, all you need to do is click the Change Location, point it at a new drive or a new location, and it will copy the entire library to that location. So Live contains a number of very useful utilities to manage your Library content, and it really makes it easy to import and export Live Packs.
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