Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 5 – Adding Multiple Clips

When dragging and dropping multiple audio clips onto the grid, Live will by default add them all to one track. In Session View vertically, in Arrangement View horizontally along the timeline. There will be times though when you want them all in different tracks, added in the same scene (Session View) or at the same start time (Arrangement View).
Default for adding multiple samples
Hold down Ctrl (Win) or Cmd (Mac) while dragging and dropping files to add them to different tracks. If there aren’t enough tracks available, Live will automatically create the necessary amount.

Adding multiple samples not on same track

You can use the same modifier to select multiple clips to move around on the grid. Or simply click and drag from an empty space on the grid until they’re all highlighted. Now click and drag one of the selected clips to move them all to their new position.

This tutorial is valid for Live 8 to 11.

Tutorial no. 1 in the series is Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 1 – The Editing Grid. Next up: Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 6 – Deactivate Clips or Notes.

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