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An important part of using any audio or video application is File Management. In this video, we'll discuss how to manage projects and sets to ensure that they continue to work at later date, or even on a different computer. Without encountering any missing audio, or MIDI clip. So, if you record audio into a set that hasn't been saved, Live will store those audio files in a temp folder. Let's take a look at Preferences. I'm go up to the Live menu, choose Preferences and click the File Folder tab, and we'll notice that there's a temporary folder here that you can set.
By default, it's in your user folder, and in the Ableton Live, Live Recordings area. So let me escape out of there. Now, once you actually save the set, that audio that's located in that temp folder will be moved into the project folder. So as you continue to work, you'll go up to the File menu, and you'll use options like Save Live Set As. You might even use Save a Copy, which allows you to save a copy of this to a new location. But the one I really want to point out here is this option for Collect All and Save.
Any set that you might be working in will be referencing audio from a number of locations. Many of those are not actually inside the set project, itself. They could be, actually, in the browser. So, if you're going to be taking your set to another location, or you want to ensure that this set will open in the future, and you will have all the assets that it needs, you'll want to choose this Collect All And Save. And what will happen there is Live will give the option to choose any resources that are being used to make sure that they're actually in the project folder. So let's give that a shot and let's click Collect All And Save. So the dialog that appears says, specify which used media files are to be copied into the project.
So files from elsewhere, that's anything on your hard drives, files from other projects, files from the user library and files from factory packs. So depending upon what you're doing, this could actually pull a lot of material into your Live project. Let's go ahead and give it a shot. So I'll click Ok, and it takes second and now all those materials are copied into the set. Now, at a later point you may want to actually check and make sure that you've got all these assets, and you can do that by going into the File menu, and choosing Manage Files.
Now that opens up the File Management area over here in the Help view, and our options here are Manage Set, Manage the Project, or Manage the User Library. Let's go ahead and click Manage Project and it does a quick analysis and it shows that this project contains 15.3 megabytes of data. It's got one live set. So, if we hadn't done this Collect All And Save, the only thing that we would've had in here would have been this one Live set at 284 kilobytes, but we've got 13 media files that looks like it pulled out of the browser. And it's put into this particular set.
So, if anything's missing you'll get a little button that appears here that you can click and you can actually relink your audio files. So as you work on a Live project, it's likely that you'll want to go to a friend's house or a studio and continue working. Using Collect All And Save and the other File Management options in Live will help you to avoid missing files, broken links and other nasty file management problems.
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