How to: Exporting Live Sets from a Korg iOS app

  • Live Versions: 9.1 and later
  • Operating System: All

The following Korg iOS applications can export your music as an Ableton Live Set (.als) file:

Gadget
iKaossilator

The example shows how this works with the Korg Gadget app, but it works similar with the others. Please refer to Korg's online resources and the documentation of your specific application for more details about the Live Set export.

In the Export menu of the Korg Gadget app, you'll find the entry Ableton Live Project.

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Export menu of Korg's Gadget app

Selecting this will prepare a Live Set export and provide you with two options to finish the export.

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Ableton Live Project export options

iTunes: this will store an Ableton Live Project, containing the Live Set (.als) file and all necessary audio files, directly on your mobile device. Next time you sync your device with your computer, you can access the Project via iTunes. Save it to a location on your computer first before opening the Set in Live 9.

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Export Ableton Live Project to iTunes

Dropbox: this option requires a Dropbox account. It will store an Ableton Live Project, containing the Live Set (.als) file and all necessary audio files, inside your Dropbox folder. To open this Set in Live 9, retrieve it from your computer's Dropbox folder the next time you are on your computer with Live installed on it. Please refer to the Dropbox online resources for more information on sharing files.

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Export Ableton Live Project to Dropbox

If you don't have a Live 9 license already, you can get a free Live 9 Lite license directly in-app. Then download Live 9 Lite and install it on your computer.

How to use the exported set with Live

From Korg products that support this feature, you can export your music to an Ableton Live Set (.als) format, to be able to open and further edit it with Ableton Live 9. The Set will contain audio stems saved as audio clips in Live's Session View. MIDI data is not exported.

Exporting will get you an Ableton Live Project folder. This folder contains one or two actual Ableton Live Set (.als) files, which can be opened with Live, as well as the necessary audio files referenced by the Sets.

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If the session on your Korg product contains up to 8 tracks, you will find one related Ableton Live Set (.als) in the exported Project folder, which you can open with any Live 9 version, including Live 9 Lite.

If the session on your Korg product contains more than 8 tracks, you will instead find two related Ableton Live Set (.als) files in the exported Project folder:

  • One Live Set containing all the tracks. This Set can be opened with Live 9 Intro, Live 9 Standard and Live 9 Suite.
  • One Live Set containing the first 8 tracks of the session, so it can be opened with Live 9 Lite (this Set has Live-Lite added to the file name).

In any case, all exported audio samples are stored within the Project. So even if you can only open the 8-track version of your exported session, you can use all of the audio files in the Project by importing them as additional clips into Live 9 Lite.

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