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Live Pack FAQ

  • Live Versions: 6 - 9
  • Operating System: ALL

Guided video instructions for installing and using Live Packs in Ableton Live.

What are Live Packs and what do I need to know?

A Live Pack contains sounds for use in Live . Within each Live Pack an array of sound sources can reside: Live Sets, samples, Clips and extra documents. 

How do I install Live Packs?

Please see this article for details on installation.

Do I need a special License? 

Each Live Pack requires an individual license that will be added to your account upon purchase. Users can access Packs that are included in their license, or purchased separately, from the Packs page of the Ableton website. 

Once you log in, Packs included in your specific license will have a blue 'download' button. Additional Packs are then available to buy. 

Can I buy any Pack?

Once you are logged into your account, additional Live Packs that are compatible with your Live license will be displayed, and available to purchase. Furthermore, it's worth noting that:

  1. For Packs containing Max for Live devices, a Max for Live license is required.
  2. Packs containing Live 9 Suite devices will have limited editing for users who do not have a Suite license. In such cases, only a set of 8 Effect Rack Macros will be controllable, and the instrument within will not be accessible. 
  3. Live 9 Lite has further limitations that it is generally advisable to be cautious when purchasing Packs. We would recommend upgrading to a full license.   

Once installed, do I need to authorize my new Pack?

In some cases,  re-authorizing Live is required to activate this new license, for example, when you purchase a new Partner Pack. 

You can complete this step from Live's preferences → Licenses Maintenance → Authorize at If you are receiving the error, "This License belongs to another account" please see this article. 

How can I access sounds/presets?

Once each Pack is installed, it will be readily available to use from Live's Browser. The sounds can browsed in the Packs location, under PLACES, and from the respective sub-category under CATEGORIES.


Browsing Packs via 'Places'

Browsing Packs via 'Categories'

Browsing Packs via 'Categories'


A great way to begin working with your new Pack is to load some preset files. These can usually be found in a ‘Presets’ or ‘Sounds’ sub-folder, under the Packs location in the Live Browser.  There you will find .ADG files, which are individual Live preset files.

Other sub-folders also contain relevant sounds, Clips and presets, and can be dragged or inserted from the Browser into blank MIDI or Audio Tracks, depending on the nature of the file.

For new drum Live Packs, loading pre-made Drum Racks from the 'Drums' Folder will load up a Drum Template for you to begin playing with. 

While Max for Live Packs can also contain these preset files, you will also find .AMXD files which are the base device presets. Inserting this .AMXD file will place the blank device in your project, with all parameters set to default. 

Additional Information

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Related topics: Devices Library