Whats the best way to save my own presets and samples?

I want to be able to view all my own presets and samples on their own but I want them organised like the factory library. What would be the best way to save them?


dylan3840 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • benjamingordon
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    Ableton saving and organising of presets and instruments needs addressing. 

    Im speaking with them about this now.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • scottiedo
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    To save instrument or effect presets, there is a little disk icon on the actual plugin. After using that, name it of course. You can add folders or directories within the Ableton factory presets. I personally have folders named "My snares" or "My compression." Now i know exactly where all my stuff it.

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • dcocharro
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    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • dcocharro
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    I found another approach in library management for those who like to keep their custom presets, instruments, sounds, etc inside ableton library, but at the same time keep control of their own stuff.

    This approach will allow you to have all your stuff inside ableton library and at the same  time keep a backup copy in a external folder only of your custom presets/instruments.

    The idea is simple and to accomplish that you need a file/folder sync software, for instance:

    This software will allow you to sync a source folder to a destination folder.

    The idea is to filter all the files/folders that have not been customized by user, and copy them to a external folder. There are 2 methods to accomplish this:

    > Method 1 (include):

    In method 1 you should create folders inside ableton library to save all your presets with a recognizable TAG in their name AND/OR name your presets/files with a TAG also. For example:

    • _my reverbs
    • _my instruments
    • _my rack fx
    • _my operator
    • _my sounds
    • _johndoe reverb.adv
    • _johndoe favorite_fx.adg

    and so on...

    What are the recognizable tags here? It's the word "_my" and "_johndoe".

    Inside GoodSync software (you only need to do this once):

    1. Setup source folder (ex: /users/johndoe/library/application support/ableton/library)
    2. Setup destination folder (ex: /users/johndoe/documents/backup)
    3. Setup include Filter, here you will add the following lines:
    • _my*
    • _johndoe*

    With everything properly right in the setup and your files/folders well named (tagged) the software will filter in the analysis anything that doesn't start with "_my" or "_johndoe".

    Then will copy only your tagged files/folders to the destination folder, preserving the folder structure inside the library.

    > Method 2 (exclude):

    In method 2 you should setup a different filter. This one should exclude files/folders prior to a modification date. Lets say that this date should be something around the day you installed Ableton Live in your computer. For instance:

    • Ableton Live Installation day in 2011/5/31
    • Filter date 2011/6/1

    In GoodSync software the filter should look something like this:

    • any time<2011/6/1

    With the filter properly written it should copy to your destination folder only the files/folders with modification date after 2011/6/1.

    One advantage is that you shouldn't need to tag files/folders names.

    > Final Thoughts:

    I think method 1 is more reliable.

    In method 2 I'm not sure how this will behave when you update/repair Ableton Live Library.

    You could try also a combination of method 1 and 2.

    I came to this library management approach very recently, so I'm fresh in this also, I will appreciate a lot your feedback/experience.

    Check the user manual of your software of choice for files/folders sync. Each one have a lot of different features and rules to setup filters.


    Best wishes

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • jasper
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    I can't believe it takes this amount of garbage just to SAVE AN INSTRUMENT!!!  lol.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • S.Rueckwardt
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    Use a better program its there....what a mess...
    What a shame...
    Best regard

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • LeoDuX_
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    Hey, So I'm still a rookie at this but if I understand your question correctly this is what I did. I just selected the entire midi clip, went to the midi clips box on the right and dragged the clip to a folder on the left I titled presets. Then it created a .als file and i dragged that file to an empty midi clip line and had a saved replica of my midi clip.


    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • hollyhook
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    Simple solution: you could use trackPresets M4L device.


    1 year ago | 0 comments

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