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Using the browser

From: Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

Video: Using the browser

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.

Using the browser

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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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

80 video lessons · 11595 viewers

Rick Schmunk
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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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