Electronic Musician - May 2015 - (Page 76)
make an ableton Live Pack
share or sell your unused sounds, presets, and clips while promoting yourself
BY Markkus rovito
Fig. 1. When exporting audio,
use consistent file settings, and
don't render above the original
A bleton Live's Pack feature presents an excellent way to archive Live Projects for
backing them up, sharing them with collaborators, or for creating a showcase for
your loops, presets, and sound design skills that you can sell or distribute as your
own product. Live Packs archive the Live Set session file, as well as its audio clips,
MIDI clips, and Live device presets, such as Instrument and Effect Racks.
If you're like many electronic musicians, you have
tons of unfinished projects lying around. You could
easily take the best elements from those projects and
make a Pack for Live users to enjoy.
Open those sessions and pick out the best audio or
MIDI tracks. Chop audio into loopable bits and choose
File > Export Audio. In the dialog box (Figure 1) make
sure Render as Loop is on and select the audio file
type and resolution that you will use for your entire
Pack. (Don't render to a resolution above the session's
original quality.) Then export to a new folder where
you'll export all your Pack files. Do the same for audio one-shots, turning the Render as Loop option off.
Alternately, you could right-click on audio clips and
choose one of the Convert to MIDI options (Figure 2).
The resulting MIDI will probably need some cleaning
up before you export it. Right-click on those and any
other MIDI clips and choose Export MIDI Clip from
the menu to save them to your Pack folder.
You should also save your best instrument and effect chains as Racks. Multi-select all the devices in a
chain and hit Command-G to group them into a rack.
Hit Command-R to rename the rack as something descriptive and/or clever. Then open the Rack's Macro
Fig. 2. try creating new MiDi clips from audio information.
Fig. 3. Here we're routing both LFo mod amount and bit depth to one
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Control pane and click Map. Now click one of the
most used parameters in any of the devices and then
click a Macro Map button to assign it to a Macro control. Stack more than one control on each Macro and
then rename that control appropriately (Figure 3).
The more creative and useful your Racks and Macro
controls are, the greater your Pack will be. Lastly, save
the Rack to your Library with the Rack's Save Preset
Now start a new Live Set and build a Session view
collection of grouped tracks using your folder of MIDI
and audio loops and one-shots, as well as your Rack
devices, labeling the tracks appropriately.
Archiving your Project file as a Pack is a straightforward process. Choose File > Manage Files from
the menu to open the File Management panel on the
far right of the Live window. There, click the Manage
Project button. On the next screen under External
Files, you'll see if there are any presets, samples, etc.
located outside the Project folder. If so, you must select Collect Into Project and then hit Collect and Save
(Figure 4). When that's finished, you can hit the Create Pack button, which lets you name the Pack before
it exports your Pack as an .alp file, using lossless compression to reduce the file
size by up to 50 percent.
Many people sell their
Live Pack digital files over
the Internet or simply share
them with the public or
with musical collaborators.
You could also use them as
promotional or add-on content. However you play it,
spread the word to the Ableton forum (forum.ableton.
com), Ableton User Groups,
or production blogs, or shop
it around to soundware
companies. The possibilities
for getting it out there are almost as endless as the material you can create. n
Fig. 4. You must collect all files into the Project
folder before creating a Pack.
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