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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.
The Live browser provides access to clips, presets, software instruments and effects devices. And is the most efficient way to locate, audition and load devices and clips into your live sets. Let's start by taking a look at how the browser is organized and how to set the default location of your user library and any live packs that you download from Ableton.com. So, in Live 9, the browser has been redesigned. And we have a side bar that's divided into categories and places. And then, a content pane that shows the content of those areas. Now, I can navigate by clicking onto one of the categories.
And I can also use my arrows to go up or down through the categories. And then once I find a place that I want to work, I can actually go into the content area by using my right arrow. And then again, with the right arrow to actually enter that sub-folder. Now, at this point, I can't see much, so I'm actually going to move my cursor over here onto the edge and drag that bar over, and create a little extra room. And I'm also going to Right-click up at the top here and choose one of the other items. So, I can have a second column up here. So, I can either choose Type, Date, Size, so on and so forth, and you can have one additional column.
And that way, as I look at these things, I know what they are. Whether it's a device preset or a rack or an audio file. So, if the category area offers you access to the content that you can use within Live, the places area allows you access to kind of the larger items. Where your user library is stored and Live packs and any additional folders that you want to make available in this area. Now, you can set the default locations for where those are stored in Preferences. So, I'm going to go to the Live menu, and that would be the Options menu on a PC, and choose Preferences. And I'm going to go into the Library tab, and you'll notice we have three options here that are important.
First of all, the location of your user library can be customized by clicking on the Browser button, then navigating your drives and deciding where you might want to put that. Now, I'm not going to change that at this point, but I would suggest that you might want to put your user library on an additional hard drive from the one where you have the program and your operating system stored. So, let me cancel out of there. If you also own Live 8, you can set the location of where that Live 8 library is. So that you can use all the content that you've already collected in Ableton Live 9.
I can also choose the Installation Folder for any Live packs that I download from Ableton.com. And this is an important thing to discuss here because the Library that comes with Live 9 is quite different from how they did it in Live 8. So, the installation of Live 9 includes a very, very small basic library, and it's the same library for all the different versions of the program. Now, we can get more packs at Ableton.com, so let me click that. And that's going to open up my browser and take me into the website.
Looks like I need to sign on, so let me do that real quick. And once we're there and into your account, it takes me straight to the Your Packs area. And I can see all of the content that is available from my version of Ableton Live, I've got live suite here. So, if you're on a different version of the program, there might be actual less content available, so let me cancel out of there. So, you can set the location for where Live will install those packs by clicking on the Browse button, and browsing to a drive or a folder.
In any case, I would suggest that you put this on a different drive than your operating system and where Live is installed. Now, I actually have one of these out on the Desktop, and I'm going to install it so you can see what that looks like. So let me close this, I'm going to hide Live. And so, this in a .alp file which is a Live pack, and let me Double-click that. And you'll notice it brings Live back to the top, and it installs that. And once that finishes, we can actually go over here and look in the places area at the packs. And it took us there automatically.
So, we can see that we've got the core library here that was part of the Live install this Live pack Designer Drums which we just installed. And then, we've got Digicussion, Loop Master, and Unnatural Selection, which are other Live packs that we downloaded. Let me close that. And lastly, let's take a look at how you can add a custom folder here. So, I'm going to click the Add Folder button. And I'm going to navigate out to my Desktop. And I'm going to choose the My Sounds folder that I've already created there and click Open. So, now in My Places area, if I need to, I can come down and look at all my packs. I can store or look at things in the user library or in my custom folder that I just created, My Sounds.
So now that you understand how Live's browser works, you can use it to organize your Live library and your audio files, loops, and Live projects effectively. Take a minute to look through the materials that are available on the Ableton website. And download and install the Live packs to increase the device presets, samples, and clips available in your library.
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