In this video we will see how to use Live's browser. The browser is where we are going to load everything we are going to use in our Live set, things like instruments, effects, audio files, MIDI files, and even other Ableton projects. Live's browser has two sections: the sidebar and the Content panel. We can resize them by dragging the middle divider or by dragging the main divider to expand it. On the top section of the sidebar, we can see the following categories.
Sounds is where we'll keep our instrument presets organized by the type of sound they make. Drums, all over drums rack presets. Instruments is where we'll find all of Live's built-in instruments. This list may vary depending on the version of Live we are using. Audio Effects, Live's built-in audio effects-- and again, this least may vary. MIDI Effects, all of Live's built-in MIDI effects. Max for Live is where we'll find all the Max audio effects, instruments, and MIDI effects, and Max is an add-on to Live and it comes built-in if you are using the Suite version.
After that we'll find the plug-ins. Plug-ins is where you'll find all your third-party plugins, which are the devices that are not manufactured by Ableton. Live supports the formats VST and Audio Units, and if this is the first time you are using it, you might see a button that says Activate Click on it, and it will take you to Live > Preferences menu, under File Folder, and in Plug-in Sources you'd be able to turn on Use Audio Units and turn on Use VST Plug-in System Folders.
After that we can find clips which you'll find all of your Live clips, then Samples, which would be all your raw audio samples. In the bottom section of the sidebar we'll see the Places, where we'll find Packs, Audio Live Packs that you can download for online or from the Ableton website. The User Library, where you'll to find all your saved presets and samples, and the current project, which will list all the samples and presets you are using in the current project.
You can also add a folder from your hard drive so Live can scan it, and then you can use it inside Ableton Live and load samples or any files like full songs from iTunes or even short audio files. You can drag presets and clips from your Live set to the browser to quickly save them. You can also drag files directly from the Finder or even other softwares like iTunes, but I recommend getting comfortable with the Live Browser since we're going to use it a lot.
- Setting up plugins and projects
- Creating a drumbeat
- Converting audio to MIDI
- Recording vocals
- Warping and editing clips
- Adding effects
- Using time commands
- Working with the mixer
- Using side chain compression
- Adding reverb and delay
- Mixing dynamically with automation
- Mastering a song