Ableton Live 9 Essential Training
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Managing files in Live


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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Managing files in Live

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.
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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7h 24m Beginner Apr 16, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Choosing the right gear to use with Ableton
  • Setting audio and MIDI preferences
  • Optimizing performance
  • Loading, playing, and moving clips
  • Exporting clips and devices
  • Recording and overdubbing MIDI
  • Quantizing with grooves
  • Editing pitch and note duration
  • Understanding EQ and filters
  • Recording real-time automation
  • Looping audio
  • Creating beats with Impulse
  • Creating drum racks
  • Introducing Max for Live
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Rick Schmunk

Managing files in Live

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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