How to save Live Sets

  • Live Versions: 9
  • Operating System: All

It has never been easier to create music than it is today. This however also includes the danger of accumulating an unorganized amount of files, samples, data, projects and live sets that can very quickly lead to chaos and a decreased computer performance. Here are a few aspects to consider in regards to file management in Live.

Saving project files

Live offers two main options to save a Live Set:

  • "Save Live Set" overwrites the currently open Live Set and keeps the same name.
  • "Save Live Set As..." allows not only to choose a new name, but also a new location for this Set.

It is important to understand the difference between a Live Set and a Live Project. A Live Project is a folder that contains the Live Set(s) and other files. It is the big box for this particular work, in most cases a song. Every piece of data you need for this particular song can be saved within the Project folder. The Live Set itself is the file you click on to open your song - it ends with the file extension .als. 

Starting a new song therefore requires to create a new Live Project for this song as it usually should not be mixed with any other songs. It's a mistake to save all .als files of all songs into the same Live Project folder as it keeps growing to very large sizes, slowing down the computer in some cases.

In order to give this new song its own Live Project folder, we will need to save the Live Set not only under a new name, but also in a new folder location outside of any other Project folder.

As media files such as samples are often spread all across the computer, it is important to copy them into the Project folder of the song. In order to do so, click "Collect All and Save" from the File menu:

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On the subsequent dialog, specify which media files should be copied into the project folder and click "Ok".

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Conclusion: It is usually recommended to save new projects under a new name and in a folder location outside of any other Project folder.

Adding the sample library to Samples in User Library

It can be tempting to add the entire sample library to "Places" in Live's Browser. This is not recommended however as it will slow down the computer due to necessary scanning processes. A better way is to add the sample library to the Samples folder in User Library. By moving around samples inside the User Library, file references will be kept: you can add folders and organize your samples any way you like.

Managing all the presets and making sure that all the referenced samples are stored inside the User Library is quite easy. Click File→Manage Files→Manage User Library to see an overview of all the presets, files, clips and sets stored in the User Library.

Searching for missing samples (error message "Media Files Are Missing")

Once a media file has been moved or renamed, it will be missing in those Live Sets in which it had been included. Live will therefore show the error message "Media Files Are Missing". Here is the easiest way to search and find them (please note that this will not be possible if the file has been deleted from the computer):

Click the orange Status Bar to bring up the File Manager View.

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Now, you can set Live to automatically search for the missing files.

Tip: In case you know the folder location of the missing files, simply click "Set Folder" to choose that folder and make sure "Search Folder" option is set to "Yes". This should speed up the time it takes to locate the missing samples.

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