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Setting up frequently accessed folders

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Video: Setting up frequently accessed folders

In the Live browsers overview video, we discussed how to navigate the browsers and how to load clips and devices. In this video, we'll take a deeper look at how to set the root location of the file browser buttons and how to bookmark frequently accessed drives and folders. If you remember, we have five browsers that we primarily use, and that includes the Live Devices browser--which is used to access Live's virtual instruments and presets or Live's Audio and MIDI effects-- the Plugins browser--which is used to access third-party plug-ins, including virtual instruments and audio effects.

Setting up frequently accessed folders

In the Live browsers overview video, we discussed how to navigate the browsers and how to load clips and devices. In this video, we'll take a deeper look at how to set the root location of the file browser buttons and how to bookmark frequently accessed drives and folders. If you remember, we have five browsers that we primarily use, and that includes the Live Devices browser--which is used to access Live's virtual instruments and presets or Live's Audio and MIDI effects-- the Plugins browser--which is used to access third-party plug-ins, including virtual instruments and audio effects.

By the way, it looks like I don't have anything here. So I want to check and see if I do. Now I can click the Activate button, and since this is the first time that I've done that, it's going to open up Live's Preferences to the file folder tab, and we can see the button here for Rescan plug-Ins, and I'll go ahead and click that. Live can't find any third-party plug-ins, so it's not going to do anything more. But just so that you know: if you do have third-party plug-ins, and you don't see them you can come in here, and you can delete the plug-in database by Option+Clicking the Rescan button, and it will go out and rebuild that database.

You might also want to do that if you're in Live and you've loaded a new third-party plug-in and you want to rescan and pick that up so that you can use it in your current Live session. I am going to hit the Escape key the close Preferences. The next three buttons done here are the file browser buttons. Now the Live Devices and Plug-In Device browser locations are fixed, and they can't be changed. But these three file browser locations can be set to user-defined locations. First of all, if I click on one of these and go into one of these folders, and then go away and choose one of the other file browser buttons, when I come back I'll return to the last place that I was when I used that browser location.

The other thing I can do is I can go up to the Bookmarks menu, which is up here in the title bar of the browser, and I can see that I do have some default locations. I can set that to the current project, or I can set that to the Library. And so you'll see that currently I've got this one set to All Volumes and this one to the Library and this one to Desktop. Those were three probably very frequently accessed locations. But if you want to set a user-defined location that you can return to, another way to do that is to go into a chosen folder and come up to the Bookmarks menu and choose Bookmark Current Folder.

Now that way if I later reset this to something else, like let's say "Home," when I come back into the Bookmarks menu, I can see that bookmark where I had set that up to go into that clips and drums area. So now I can click that, and I am immediately back there. Now if you want to delete that bookmark, all you have to do is be in that folder and then go up to the Bookmarks menu and say Remove Current Folder From Bookmarks. If I do that and then go back into the Bookmark menu, we'll see that there are no bookmarks down here at the bottom of these default presets that come with Live.

Now one last thing about the browser in Live is you can change the columns that you see displayed in the file browsers. So if I go up here and right-click on the title of a column, I'll see that I have five default columns that I can add. Now currently I only have Type and Live Pack showing. I can also show the size of a file or the path, for instance, and I can resize these columns so that I can see that additional information. And I can widen the browser, so I can see more information as well. You will also notice that I can focus the sort on a column.

Let's say I want to be on Path. And if I click it a second time, it'll go from ascending to a descending sort. That's probably something you might do more often on the Name column, and you can see that going from ascending to descending. So now that we've discussed how to customize the browser, it'll be easier to find your favorite clips and presets, as well as access your most often-used drives and folders.

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

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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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