Ableton Live 9-10 File Management Part 4: Using Your Own Folder Structure in Live Projects

While doing technical support for Ableton, I encountered a lot of users who'd wanted to have their own folder structure in Live Projects. Most of them simply moved around files in the Windows Explorer or Mac's Finder to achieve this. This approach, however, results in missing samples shown in the Live Set.

To make it work without having Live reporting that media files are missing requires a few more steps.

Warning:

This only works if the files remain in the Live Project folder. If you move them elsewhere, you'll always see the missing files message at the bottom of Live.

Using Your Own Folder Structure in Live Projects

    1. Reorganise the files and folders either in the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) or within Live's File Browser.
    2. In Live's File Browser navigate to the Project folder and right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) it.
    3. Choose 'Manage Project' from the context menu.
    4. Since you've moved files within the Live Project folder, Live will indicate that samples are missing. Click on the Locate button.
    5. Click on the little triangle to the left of Automatic Search. Now enable Search Project and Fully Rescan Folders, then click on Go.
    6. Once the search is complete, Live will have located all missing samples. Now all that's left to do is to click 'Collect and Save' to make sure Live will save the files' paths of your own structure.

When you export a Project into Live's Library that has a custom file structure, Live will automatically create the folders with the same name as you had created yourself in the Project. So let's say, you have created a custom folder called 'Beats', then Live will not find a folder of that name in the Library and thus create one. All files from the 'Beats' folder from your Project will be copied into the new 'Beats' folder in the Library.

If you'd like to go more in depth with organising the folder structure, I'd recommend reading the thorough tutorial at Performodule.

Don't forget to check out the first, second and third tutorial of the same series.

Anything to add or ask? Just leave me a comment below.

By |2019-03-28T18:56:22+02:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Ableton Live Tutorials|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is an Ableton Certified Trainer, musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. For a few years she worked as a technical support for Ableton gaining in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live that even most CTs don't ever get. In 2012 she started Sonic Bloom and has since helped countless people on all continents with their music productions and live performances.

4 Comments

  1. ETIENNE STEHELIN August 14, 2018 at 07:35 - Reply

    What do I do when Live finds “candidates”, but I cannot add them to the project? Is it a bug?

    • Madeleine Bloom August 16, 2018 at 16:20 - Reply

      It might be. Hard to tell without more info. I’d suggest getting in touch with Ableton tech support, since this shouldn’t happen.

  2. Jonathan D Johnson January 21, 2019 at 17:47 - Reply

    Hi. Grew up on macs but now have a Surface pro ( because of work) a Surface pro. This article was a big help however —
    For the life of me I can’t figure out how to right click on this pc. read about 2 fingers on the pad, touching the screen ect. nothing works. I have even tried pluging in a gamers mouse.

    I am trying to organize folders like the above blog but can’t right click. is there another way or keycomand that would help? know Logic and Pro tools allow for custom keycomands? I just want to be able to right click to clean up

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Ableton Live 9-10 Datei-Verwaltung Teil 4: Eigene Ordnerstruktur in Live-Projekten

Als ich beim Technischen Support von Ableton gearbeitet habe, stieß ich auf viele Benutzer, die in Live-Projekten eine eigene Ordnerstruktur haben wollten. Die meisten haben einfach Dateien im Windows Explorer oder Mac's Finder bewegt, um dies zu erreichen. Dieser Ansatz führt jedoch zu fehlenden Samples, die im Live-Set angezeigt werden.

Damit es funktioniert, ohne dass Live Mediendateien als fehlend anzeigt, sind noch einige Schritte erforderlich.

Warnung:

Dies funktioniert nur, wenn die Dateien im Live Projekt-Ordner verbleiben. Wenn Du sie an einen anderen Ort verschiebst, wirst Du immer die Nachricht zu fehlenden Dateien unten in Live zu sehen bekommen.

Deine eigene Ordnerstruktur in Live Projekten benutzen

    1. Reorganisiere die Ordnerstruktur nach Deinen Wünschen im Explorer (Windows) bzw. Finder (Mac) oder direkt in Live's Datei-Browser.
    2. In Live's Datei-Browser navigiere zu dem Projekt-Ordner, führe einen Rechts- (Win) bzw. Ctrl-Klick (Mac) darauf aus.
    3. Wähle „Projekt verwalten‟ vom Kontextmenü aus.
    4. Da Du Dateien verschoben hast, wird Live anzeigen, dass Dateien fehlen. Klicke auf „Lokalisieren‟.
    5. Klicke auf das kleine Dreieck neben „Automatische Suche‟. Aktiviere „Suche im Projekt‟ und „Ordner erneut scannen‟, dann klicke auf Go.
    6. Wenn die Suche abgeschlossen ist, wird Live alle fehlenden Dateien lokalisiert haben. Alles, was Du nun noch tun musst, ist auf „Sammeln und Sichern‟ klicken, damit Live die von Dir ausgesuchten Dateipfade aktualisiert und speichert.

Wenn Du ein Projekt in die Live Library exportierst, dass eine eigene Ordnerstruktur hat, wird Live automatisch die Ordner, die Du selbst in dem Projekt erstellt hast, auch in der Library erstellen. Nehmen wir an, dass Du einen eigenen Ordner namens „Beats‟ erzeugt hast. Live kann keinen Ordner mit dem Namen in der Library finden und erstellt deshalb einen. Alle Dateien aus dem „Beats‟-Ordner Deines Projektes werden dann in den „Beats‟-Ordner in der Library kopiert.

Wenn Du mehr über die Organisation der Ordnerstruktur erfahren möchtest, empfehle ich Dir das ausführliche Tutorial von Performodule.

Vergiss nicht, Dir das erstezweite und dritte Tutorial in der Serie anzuschauen.

Irgendeine Frage oder etwas hinzuzufügen? Hinterlasse mir einfach einen Kommentar.

 

By |2019-03-28T18:56:22+02:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Ableton Live Tutorials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is an Ableton Certified Trainer, musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. For a few years she worked as a technical support for Ableton gaining in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live that even most CTs don't ever get. In 2012 she started Sonic Bloom and has since helped countless people on all continents with their music productions and live performances.

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