How to loose weight the proper way?

Hi all,

There's something I need to understand once and for all:

Should I use the "crop audio clip" feature?

Right now I'm working on a pretty heavy live set and transferring it takes forever. This beast grows in size like crazy. I thought the reason was all of the "collet all and save" things that tend to accumulate. I'm currently copy/pasting same audio clip and slip the start/loop marker so each scene represents a different section of the same sample. This way we can have one portion of the song per scene (pretty basic and common approach).

My buddy tells me to do so as he thinks Ableton Live knows it's the same audio file and thus only references it once with different pointers (start markers). If, however, I crop audio, I'll end up having multiple audio files instead of a single one. So, maybe, because of all of the meta data related to each sample, the sum of pieces will be larger than the initial whole.

I, however, think it's easier, cleaner and lighter to crop whenever possible but what do gurus think?

Also, is there a way to get rid of all of the unnecessary stuff we drag around each time we save a new version of the project after we've made lots of changes to it? Is there a possibility to "GARBAGE collect all and save"? (geeks will understand)...

Please, let me know how you go for lightening your sets so they don't require hours to transfer and many gigs to be saved.

Thank you in advance.

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IamAgar 6 months ago | 0 comments

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  • IamAgar
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    Am I the only one experiencing this problem?

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • cygnal
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    Simple rule - if you don't need it, trash it.

    You can see which files are not used by any sets within the project folder, in File Manager, under "Unused files".

    If you're really tight on space, the only way is to crop...

     

     

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • IamAgar
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    Hello cygnal,

    Thanks for your answer!

    What I did in a meantime was, I saved it in another location, did a "collect all and save" and ended up with a less than 3GB archive. I sure trashed the other one and went with this one. I believe, from time to time, I'll have to do the same thing when project becomes overweight.

    I'm not tight on space at all but it's mostly for the sake of transfer (as I collaborate with another musician) and also, I get an impression: the more you carry with you, the more dangerous it becomes for stability of live performances. And I'm also kind of a maniac and I always feel on a safer side while getting rid of unused parts of samples. So when there's a chance to crop the thing I'll generally do it.

    It's good to know you share my philosophy.

    Thanks again.

    6 months ago | 0 comments

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