Since there are two views in Ableton Live, you can export audio from both the Session and Arrangement View, or even a combination of both. This is why it can be confusing at first and you might end up with unexpected results or even silence. The most important bit to remember is what you hear is what you get.

Exporting from Arrangement View:

  1. Most often you want to export the whole song you've created or its individual tracks. To do this, you need to have it recorded into Arrangement View first. If you don't know how, here's the tutorial for it.
  2. Drag the Loop Start and Loop End so the Loop covers the whole length of the song (or part you want to export) including all effect tails (reverb, delay) to be exported. Make sure the Loop is selected.
  3. Check that no tracks are muted that you want to include and no tracks are soloed, because what you hear is what will be exported. Also make sure that no clips in Session View are launched as they'd be rendered into it as well. You can listen to the song once more to ensure it's all good.
  4. Choose 'Export Audio/Video' from the File Menu or use the shortcut SHIFT + Ctrl + R (Windows) or SHIFT + Cmd + R (Mac). This will open the Export dialogue.
  5. Choose your preferred rendering options (details below), then click OK.
  6. You can now choose the location to which the audio file(s) will be saved. Click Save and the rendering process will start.

Exporting from Session View:

  1. When exporting Session View clips, only clips with activated clip launch buttons are rendered. Tracks that are still active in Arrangement View (not greyed out) will also be rendered in. So make sure that all clips you want to export are launched first as well as  mute unwanted tracks or press the clip stop button for these tracks.
  2. Choose 'Export Audio/Video' from the File Menu or use the shortcut SHIFT + Ctrl + R (Windows) or SHIFT + Cmd + R (Mac). This will open the Export dialog.
  3. When exporting from Session View you need to enter the desired Length in bars, beats and 16th as well as render start (the default is 1.1.1).
  4. Choose your preferred rendering options (details below), then click OK.
  5. You can now choose the location to which the audio file(s) will be saved. Click Save and the rendering process will start.

Audio Rendering Options:

'Rendered Track' options:

  • If you want to export the mixdown of the song, choose 'Master'.
  • 'All Individual Tracks' will render each single track to separate audio files. That includes all MIDI and audio tracks as well as return tracks.
  • 'Selected Tracks' only renders all tracks that were selected before opening the export dialogue.
  • Or you can choose a specific individual track or return track. You can easily find the one you want since the track numbers and names are listed.
  • All options will render the post-fader signals including insert effects.

  • 'Render as Loop' lets you render the file as a loop including any effect tails.
  • 'Convert to Mono' will render the file in mono. Live handles everything in stereo. This option is useful if you want mono files to be used in a different audio software or want to include mono files in your Live Set to keep it small.
  • Turn on Normalize