Default Devices and Tracks

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Instruments and Effect Defaults

Storing Defaults in Live allows you to recall a specific device status each time you load the correspondent audio or MIDI device in Live.

This way you can personalize how devices are configured upon loading them into a channel. It makes sense for Instruments as well as for Audio or MIDI Effects, in case for example you have a generic favorite setting for your Compressor you like to start with, or you intend to enable "High Quality" as a default for "Overdrive" or "Saturation", or "Oversampling" for EQ Eight.

To store a preset as Default, just right click on its Device Header and choose "Save as Default Preset" from the context menu.

The first time that you save a default preset for an Instrument or an Audio/MIDI Effect, an "Instruments", "Audio Effects" or "MIDI Effects" folder will be created inside the Defaults folder, containing the last saved preset.


When saving a new preset for this same effect, you will be asked if you intend to overwrite the previous one.

Whenever you wish to restore a specific factory default, simply delete your own from the Defaults folder in the User Library.

Track Defaults

Defaults exist also for Audio and MIDI channels, allowing you to set a default input or output and even an instrument or effect device whenever you add a channel. Right click on a Channel Header and choose "Save as Default MIDI Track" or "Save as Default Audio Track" respectively from the context menu.

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These will now be the default settings each time you will add a new Audio or MIDI Track.

Defaults for Audio to MIDI

You can also create defaults to be used whenever you convert an audio file to MIDI.

For "Drums to MIDI" defaults, load your favorite Drum Rack, edit it to your taste, Rename it and then Save it in the User Library. By moving this preset under Defaults→Audio to MIDI→Drums to MIDI, this preset will be used each time you convert an audio sample to MIDI.

The same procedure applies to create your default "Melody" or "Harmony to MIDI" default: load your favorite Monophonic (Melody to MIDI) or Polyphonic (Harmony to MIDI) Instrument, and save the preset under Defaults→Audio to MIDI→Melody to MIDI or respectively Defaults→Audio to MIDI→Harmony to MIDI.

Dropping Samples

To specify how Live behaves when dragging a sample to a Drum Rack or the Device View of a MIDI Track, load Simpler or Sampler in a MIDI Channel, edit it and then drag the device under Defaults→Dropping Samples→On Device View/On Drum Rack.

Slicing Defaults

For Slicing to MIDI, you can load an existing Slicing preset and modify that or start from scratch by loading an empty Drum Rack and putting a Simpler device into one of the slots.

Try loading one of the existing presets in order to find inspiration for your own ones.

When Slicing a sample to a Drum Rack, you will be able to choose which preset to use for the Slicing.

To find out more about the User Library structure and its location, check our dedicated knowledge base article.