Samples Offline and Library Management
I'm afraid this will be a longer post than the rest of the Ableton Answers posts I have seen. I also have read the related posts with the Samples Offline and Library headings, and am following them.
I have over 700 Ableton Live projects saved to my external Glyph GT050Q hard drive. In many of them, most of the audio clips are highlighted in yellow and say "sample offline". I've been doing alot of recording on an external iTouch-based DAW program (Multitrack DAW), so lately I've mostly been using Live to master, archive, and make aiff recordings of these songs. As a result I haven't been checking whether these recordings were saved correctly for awhile, and now I'm stuck with the "sample offline" problem. Just yesterday I mastered 5 tracks of audio from a fiddle lesson that I dragged in to Live from a flash drive; in this case the audio from two of the five tracks will play, but the other three are listed as "sample offline" . I made my edits, mastered some .aiff recordings and saved the project using "save as". Perhaps that is the problem. I often (perhaps always) use "save as" to give the file a name and a project folder. After reading the manual and a bunch of posts on the forum it appears that I should have been using either "save a copy" or "collect all and save" instead. A bummer, but I can correct this in the future.
So, how do I get my audio back? I've exhaustively used Live's File Manager to locate missing samples. To do this, I opened a Live set that contained missing samples and had the File Manager do automatic searches of the root and subfolders of each of my hard drives. This took several hours. No "candidate" files were found at all. I have also tried Repair Library in the control panel.
I did find a collection of audio clips (105 folders named things like "Temp-105 Project") that were being saved to the temporary folder: <</Users/adamhill/Music/Ableton/Live Recordings/>>. It appears that they have been disaggregated from the project file that I named and save on my external drive. When I try to drag one of these recorded samples (e.g. 0001 Guitar 1. aif) back into a Live track, it does not permit me to drop it in, so I can't audition these tracks. I did put these back into the Live library file path and did get some of my audio clips back, but not most of them.
This may or may not be an audio path issue. My Ableton library, on my primary internal imac hard drive, is: <</users/adamhill/Music Production/Live/Live 6 Library>> . My Ableton project folders are on my external Glyph drive under a folder titled <<music production/Live/Live Sets>>. Looking into the folders, many of these recorded samples (meaning audio files in their <<samples/recorded>> folders are missing, but others are present. It does not seem to be a matter of when they were recorded over the last few years. I have no idea even where the audio clips from the fiddle lesson I mastered yesterday are stored. Does Live think they only exist on the external drive, and on all the external drives I have used for many of those 700+ songs?
I want to be clear that I think my clips should be stored on the same drive as my project folders. I don't know what the consequences will be if I change my live library folder to the external drive. I would be fine with this, but would live then become confused with respect to all of the other files that are used in a project, such as EZ & Superior Drummer files?
I have Live 8.2.1 Suite running on an iMac 2.8Gig with 4 gig RAM. It runs Leopard 10.5.8. I have an APC40, a Novation SLMKII, and run audio through a Presonus Firebox. I run Waves NPP plugs, Superior Drummer, Reason 4.0. I have an unstable system with lots of crashing problems that I have not been able to isolate. For now I am just bummed that my song files are not where I thought I saved them.
Can I get these recordings back, and if so how?
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