Ableton® Live 9 Fast Start

Lesson 3/20 - Live Browser and Libraries


Ableton® Live 9 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Live Browser and Libraries

Now we're going to look into specific aspects and the first one is the ever interesting fun file management of the browser I'm going to go over this one pretty quick it's just so you know where this is because we're gonna be dragging stuff in all the time from it um but we're going to move for it through pretty fast so I'm gonna open up the example that's the browser all right, I'm gonna look at this slide first so, uh live nine not just light but all versions of life nine live nine browser is organized into a number of categories each of them include a specific type of content like sounds, drum racks, plug ins and much more. Many of these categories will be pre filled with presets sounds and devices that are part of lives core library which is installed with life so let's look at that uh yeah we'll go over that in a second so if I come in alive here are different categories up here. So I have sounds which is basically any pre set that makes a sound so we have been separated by the typ...

e of sound that they are so here's all the bases or brass here's all the base and so on if I want to I can just drag these pre setting and in this case it was a many device so on the arm this creepy all right, so you have all your different sounds in here, right? And then we can go on drums, which would be something like a drum rack dragon in and then still horror film. Wait, I have to go way. Got drums or other instruments are found in this category, and you'll see this here audio effects and so on. This is all pretty straightforward. Now, one thing you might notice is let me shrink the's that had these little triangles. These triangles represent that you can open it up to get presets. So if I dragged this in, this is something called e q eight it's it's a neat. You right? Well, that's the default. But if I hit that little triangle, I open a preset, and then I can navigate to let's, say, filter open that. And then I have all these different filters I could drag them in. So whenever you see a triangle with in live, it just means basically, it can open up to more options. So you have the default, and then the presets, and then we have plug ins. This is like third party stuff. You're gonna have to set that up on your preferences, just go to option preference, and then where is its ah, file and folder, and then you have to kind of add wherever you're via cities are you can do that we're not going to really get into v s tease because that's a whole other world I personally think that you could spend an entire year without an external plug in you can just use what's in live really master that it's kind of like you wanting to learn the guitar while you're trying to learn the bass and the drums and brass and the ukulele it's just like just pick one for a while and don't go into that endless like good gear slots dot com and read about different plug ins and then download all the free ones and it breaks your computer. I did that don't don't bother for a while that's just my advice ah and then clips are with able to him whenever you install pack or it comes with certain clips you can just drag him in and there those clips and then we also have samples which are basically just samples that you've used in able to in soviet dragon in that's a away form a little sample um great now there were there is one other thing that's a little confusing but it's really good to know and that is that we have two basic libraries we have the core library which comes with live and then we have the user library so the core library is what where we found all those pre sets in the categories like instruments audio effects and so on you can't delete those those are in life those those air the presets but in the user library you can save your own presets create your own presets edit them whatever so if I come in here and let's say I have this instrument ah I just changed some random things and it just so and then if I hit this little safe button which you'll see on everything within live if I hit save it saved it noticed in my user library and then it put it there now within your user library you can organize things anyway you want I can drag this drum rack into uh drums and percussion if I wanted teo I can make folders delete folders you name it now how you organize that is totally up to you where we don't have time to get into the wonderful theories of how obsessed I am with my file management but you can you can't do that in the core library I can't move this into something else it's just it's there so that's the difference when the two use the library you save um and the core just is as it is here we go all right I'm just going to go over quickly go moved to this section all right another important little detail is how we look at files like if you download the ad of the bonus material from this course if you get the course then it's going to come into something called a a live project and then in the project is a bunch of things called set, so I'm going to go over what these little aspects are. So the type of documents that you create and work on in live is called a live set think of this as a single song, something that you opened you play with that song these sets must be saved inside a project so that life can keep track of all and manage all the various components of the life set like the clips, the devices, the presets, the samples and so on. So as an example, we have this folder here. Now that big folder is your project in that project is these three folders, art files and folders. So we have the info that will be like, what version of this is and different information for able to and then you've got samples, which is where all your samples recordings will go, and then you have the life set so live said is in the project. Another way of looking at that is this electoral with piano project is here. If I click it look deeper in I had then have the live set, that the a less is the life set, so if I all right, so in this course, I've created the able to live fast art project, which is the thing that you can download, and if you double click that you'll notice all these different things are the live sets, so if you click that they reach a different example, just so you know, I I did this thing where my first album, this was ages, was like, six years ago, it's I don't even think it, I think I deleted it, it was absolutely horrible, it was a good experiment, but I'm glad I've never heard it, let alone any of my friends, but I did this mistake of saving every single song in the same project because I didn't know, and then all of a sudden, that project was, like twenty gigs, and I didn't even realize that because I just didn't know how file management happened, and then something happened where that project got corrupted or something, and I lost a lot of it, so just know that it's best to save specific projects as songs and then have versions of those songs that's just how I look at it, um and yeah, that's the basics of that file management

Class Description

Ableton® Live is a powerful tool for producing music and taking your music from the studio to the stage. Learn the best way to work with it in Ableton® Live 9 Fast Start with Isaac Cotec.

Isaac will teach basics of mixing audio and using Live for live performance. In this class, up-and-coming producers with develop a solid foundation for working with Live. You’ll learn about:

  • Recording/editing original or arranged music
  • Sequencing techniques with MIDI
  • On-board effects within Live as well as working with virtual instruments
  • Creating beats with Live
  • Using Ableton® Live for live performance
  • Time stretching
  • Importing audio and adjusting time and tempo
Ableton® Live 9 Fast Start with Isaac Cotec is perfect for established musicians wanting to expand their digital possibilities, or for the beginner who wants to start creating music with Live.


Malcolm King

Hello, Firstly gotta thank you for your great tutorials, and sharing the knowledge of making music; then I wanna say, I bought the Ableton Live 9 tutorial package, but I didn't heard or better say understand some of Mr. Cotec's words; that's why I wonder would you please send me an English subtitle of his excellent teaching? I will be much grateful for this. Best Regards, Malc

Claudio Martins

Great start course! And Isaac is a super-teacher. Many lessons and great tips. This the first time Im really learned how to handle Ableton!

Michael D Flash

It was great i was a total novice and helped what he showed