Mike Slinn
Mike Slinn

Ableton Live Notes

Published 2024-02-02. Last modified 2024-02-24.
Time to read: 2 minutes.

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Ableton is based in Berlin, Germany, as are Beatport, LANDR, Lofelt/Meta, Neumann, Native Instruments, SoundCloud, and Universal Music Group. Steinberg is based 300 km (180 miles) away in Hamburg.

For a fun, intuitive experience of the essence of Ableton Live, try the learningmusic webapp.

Upgrading to Ableton Live 11

I started using Ableton Live, version 6, in February 2007. I upgraded to Live Suite for version 9.

Ableton Live v10 was an upgrade targeted at Mac users, certain control surfaces and internationalization. I am not a Mac user, I do not have any of those control surfaces, and I prefer to use English, so I did not upgrade from Ableton Live v9 to v10. Version 10 also has an upgrade for Ableton Link that makes the feature actually usable, but I had no need for that feature then. The need arose recently.

However, many Ableton Live v11 features addressed general capabilities, and that interested me. I decided to upgrade my Ableton Live v9 Suite to the v11 Suite. Live Suite v11 gave 9 more instruments, 7 times as many sounds (75 GB!), 40% more audio effects, and 2 more MIDI effects. All for $289 CAD, plus the Canadian and Quebec taxes, totaling $43.28. I found the upgrade experience to be very smooth.

The Ableton Live Help is one of the most user-centric and well-thought-out pages of this type I have ever seen. My hat is off to you, Ableton! Respect.

The Ableton Live Manual is available as HTML and PDF. I find the PDF version to be easier to work with.

😠 😠
Ableton Live 11 dropped support for importing .nki, .eks, .sf2, and .gig files into Sampler. This was not mentioned in the release notes. Some of my older sessions use .gig files and they no longer work properly.

This should have been mentioned! NOT HAPPY!

I purchased a Push 3 Standalone, and I have been playing with Live v12, which can be downloaded from CenterCode. It only supports a subset of Live, and I am unaware of any improvement to Push for upgrading to Live v12.

Directories

User recordings are stored in %UserProfile%\Documents\Live Recordings.

Crashes are stored in %AppData%\Ableton\Live Reports

I moved directories that cause a lot of I/O to individual drives as much as possible, to improve performance.

Directories of VSTs and media are documented here.

Installed Ableton Live Data

I store Max for Live files in this directory tree. These files have an .amxd extension, which stands for Ableton Max Patch.

E:\abletonLibrary
├── Clips
│   ├── Construction Kits
│   ├── Drums
│   ├── Latin Percussion
│   └── Suite 8 Demo
├── Defaults
│   ├── Audio Effects
│   ├── Audio to MIDI
│   ├── Creating Tracks
│   ├── Dropping Samples
│   ├── Instruments
│   ├── MIDI Effects
│   └── Slicing
├── Grooves
│   ├── Hip Hop
│   ├── Latin Percussion
│   ├── Logic
│   ├── MPC
│   ├── Notator
│   ├── Other
│   ├── Percussion
│   ├── Quantize
│   ├── Rock
│   ├── SP1200
│   └── Swing
├── Lessons
│   ├── LivePackBanners
│   ├── Samples
│   └── Sets
├── Presets
│   ├── Audio Effects
│   ├── Instruments
│   └── MIDI Effects
├── Samples
│   ├── Components
│   ├── Loops
│   └── Waveforms
└── Templates

Factory Packs

M:\Ableton Factory Packs
├── 64 Pad Lab by Mad Zach
├── APC Step Sequencer by Mark Egloff
├── Beat Selection by Sample Magic
├── Beat Tools
├── BeatSeeker by Andrew Robertson
├── Bomblastic
├── Brass Quartet by Spitfire Audio
├── Break Selection by Sample Magic
├── Breakbeats by KutMasta Kurt
├── Build and Drop
├── Building Max Devices
├── CV Tools
├── Chop and Swing
├── Classic Synths by Katsuhiro Chiba
├── Connection Kit
├── Convolution Reverb
├── Creative Extensions
├── Cyclic Waves
├── DM-307A Free Pack by Heavyocity
├── Designer Drums
├── Digicussion 1
├── Digicussion 2
├── Drive and Glow
├── Drone Lab
├── Drum Booth
├── Drum Essentials
├── Drum Machines
├── Drumdrops Recording Hybrid Kit
├── Electric Keyboards
├── Expressive Choir by Spitfire Audio
├── Glitch and Wash
├── Grand Piano
├── Gratis Hits by Max for Cats
├── Guitar and Bass
├── Inspired by Nature by Dillon Bastan
├── Instant Haus by Alexkid
├── Kapture by Plastikman and Liine
├── Kasio by Oli Larkin
├── Konkrete Breaks
├── Latin Percussion
├── Loopmasters Mixtape
├── M4L Big Three
├── M4L Building Tools
├── M4L Granulator II
├── M4L Pluggo for Live
├── Max for Live Essentials
├── Microtuner
├── Mood Reel
├── Orchestral Brass
├── Orchestral Mallets
├── Orchestral Strings
├── Orchestral Woodwinds
├── PitchDrop by Mormo
├── PitchLoop89
├── Probability Pack by Sonic Faction
├── Punch and Tilt
├── Retro Synths
├── Samplification
├── Schwarzonator 2 by Henrik Schwarz
├── Session Drums Club
├── Session Drums Studio
├── Skitter and Step
├── Sound Objects Lite
├── Spectral Textures
├── Stray Cats Collection by Max for Cats
├── String Quartet by Spitfire Audio
├── Surround Panner
├── Synth Essentials
├── The Forge by Hecq
├── Unnatural Selection
├── Upright Piano by Spitfire Audio
├── Vinyl Classics
└── Voice Box

Lessons, Projects, Support

PDF manuals are saved in E:\media\Ableton\Support

E:\media\Ableton
├── Lessons
│   ├── Demo Songs
│   ├── Samples
│   └── Sets
├── Projects
│   ├── Celestina
│   ├── Crazy Shit
│   ├── GalleryProject
│   ├── GardenWalk
│   ├── House Funk Project v1
│   ├── House Funk Project v2
│   ├── IDM_Ableton_Practice_Ep_1_Remove_Creative_Block_Generate_ideas Project
│   ├── Ninajirachi - In The Rain (Live 11 Suite Demo) Project
│   ├── OMNIA Poetree - Grone Lunden Project
│   ├── Opening the Arc Project
│   ├── Push 3 Standalone Demo Set Project
│   ├── ReChorder
│   ├── Secret Eclipse Project
│   ├── Surpassing Beside the Vortex Project
│   ├── The Possessed Opulence Project
│   ├── TogetherYeah
│   ├── melodic_probability_fun Project
│   └── noodling Project
├── Session Drums Studio
│   ├── Ableton Folder Info
│   ├── Ableton Project Info
│   ├── Clips
│   ├── Drums
│   ├── Lessons
│   └── Samples
└── Support
    ├── ASK Video
    └── Live 8 Tutorial Bundle

References



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