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How to change or customize Live's Metronome sounds

  • Live Versions: 1 - 9
  • Operating System: ALL

Abstract

You can change or customize Live's Metronome sound by replacing the default audio files with your own.

Tutorial

OS X:

  • Show Package Contents with a right /-ctrl click on the Live.app file in Finder
  • Open Contents/App-Resources/Misc/Metronome/Samples/ - find the files “Metronome.wav” and “MetronomeUp.wav”
  • Rename your “MetronomeUp.wav” and “Metronome.wav” to “MetronomeUpBackup.wav”/“MetronomeBackup.wav” (keep these files if you want to change them back later).
  • Name your own Metronome sounds to “Metronome.wav” and “MetronomeUp.wav” and paste them into the above mentioned folder
  • If you want the original Metronome sounds back, delete your custom sounds and rename the backup files (by removing “Backup” from the names.)

Win:

  • Find the original Metronome sounds here:
    • Prior to Live 8.3: C:\Program Files\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Resources\Misc\Metronome\Samples\
    • Since Live 8.3: C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live x\Resources\Misc\Metronome\Samples\ on Windows 7 and Vista and C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ableton\Live x\Resources\Misc\Metronome\Samples\ on Windows XP.
  • Rename your “MetronomeUp.wav” and “Metronome.wav” to “MetronomeUpBackup.wav”/“MetronomeBackup.wav” (keep these files if you want to change them back later).
  • Name your own Metronome sounds to “Metronome.wav” and “MetronomeUp.wav” and paste them into the above mentioned folder
  • If you want the original Metronome sounds back, delete your custom sounds and rename the backup files (by removing “Backup” from the names.)

Please refer to the following knowledge base article for further informations how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac OS X.

Related tags: audio setup