The Live Browser
- Live Versions: 10
- Operating System: All
Live's Browser enables you to quickly access all of Live's factory content, Packs, your own user presets and any other content that you choose to add to it. The Browser can be shown or hidden by unfolding the arrow symbol on the top left of the screen, or with the key commands: CMD + Opt + B (Mac) and CTRL + Opt + B (Windows).
Collections allows an additional level of organisation for anything that already displays in Live's Browser (files, presets, devices, plug-ins, sets etc). You can add up to seven Collections, which are color coded and can be renamed or shown/hidden if required.
The Live 10 browser is organized into a number of Categories, each of them including a specific type of content, like Sounds, Drum Racks, Plugins and much more. Many of these categories will be pre-filled with presets, sounds, and devices that are part of Live's core library which is installed with Live.
The Core library
The Core Library contains Live's factory content and can't be changed by the user. It is installed in the following location:
- Windows: C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live 10\Resources\Core Library
- Mac: Macintosh HD/Applications/Ableton Live 10 Suite ->> Right-click “Show Package Contents” ->> Contents/App-Resources/Core Library
Read our dedicated article on The Core Library.
The User Library
The User Library is the default location for items you save yourself, including default presets, Grooves, your personalized Racks and Device presets, your own samples, Live Clips, etc. Files that you save to your User Library will also be available in the appropriate Categories labels.
The default location of the User Library is:
- Windows: \Users\[username]\Documents\Ableton\User Library
- Mac: Macintosh HD/Users/[username]/Music/Ableton/User Library
You can also define a custom location for the User library in Live's preferences on the Library tab.
This is the directory where all the Packs that can be purchased from the Ableton store are installed, and it can be configured from Preferences → Library → Installation Folder for Factory Packs.
Each Pack appears as a folder in the browser's Packs label, and can be unfolded to reveal that Pack’s contents. Presets, Samples, and Live Clips installed by Packs will also appear in the appropriate Categories labels.
The default location for installed Packs is:
- Windows: \Users\[user]\Documents\Factory Packs
- Mac: Macintosh HD/Users/[YourUsername]/Music/Ableton/Factory Packs
You can also define a custom location for Packs in the Library tab of Live's Preferences.
The download location for Packs is:
- Windows: \Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Ableton\Cache\PackDownloads
- Mac: /Users/[YourUsername]/Library/Caches/Ableton/PackDownloads
To preview and load your own Samples or Live Sets from the Live 9 browser, it is first necessary to add them in folders to "Places".
To add a folder to Places, you can either click on the "Add Folder" label, or drag and drop a Folder from your Operating System's file browser onto this section of the Live 10 browser.
Only content which are readable by Live will be displayed here. This includes audio files, Live Sets and Live Presets. Note that shortcuts to files or folders will not be shown.