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Importing and exporting Live Packs

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Video: Importing and exporting Live Packs

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.

Importing and exporting Live Packs

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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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

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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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