Using MP3 files in Live

  • Live versions: Live 5 - 9
  • Operating System: All

Importing MP3 Files

MP3 files can be imported into Live. It is possible to drag and drop the files from Live's Browser as well as directly via the operating system such as the Desktop, Mac's Finder or any folder. Once an MP3 is dropped into a track, Live decodes it and writes the result to a temporary, uncompressed sample file.

Please Note: MP3 Export is not possible in Live.

MP3 Conversion tool recommendations

There are many free tools to convert a WAV or AIFF file into an MP3.

  • For OS X we recommend iTunes. A tutorial about how to convert audio files into MP3 with iTunes can be found in the Apple knowledge base. iTunes is available for Windows as well.
  • Another good tool on Mac is Max (not to be confused with Cycling 74's Max/MSP).
  • LAME is an MP3 encoding resource, used by many freeware programs, a good example of which is LAME Front End, which provides many easy-to-use encoding options.
  • Audacity is also available for both platforms, but you'll need to follow some instructions to get it to export files as MP3 first.

Issues importing or working with MP3 in Live

Some issues which can occur when importing or working with MP3 files in Live are detailed in this article: Issues importing compressed audio files to Live.