Ableton Live 9 Quick Tips: Saving and Meaningfully Organising Presets in the User Library

While saving presets in the User Library might be an old hat for you, this tutorial could still serve as a reminder to actually do it. It always gives some helpful tips on ordering presets in the User Library, so that you have quick access not only from within Live, but also Push and other MIDI controllers that offer this feature.


Questions and comments are welcome, as usual.

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By |2017-12-15T02:09:44+00:00May 4th, 2015|Ableton Live Tutorials|4 Comments

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Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Sebbo May 23, 2015 at 04:27 - Reply

    Mal eine Frage warum eigene Presets wenn die doch gar nicht vorgehört werden können später nur Ableton Libary ?
    Außerdem löscht Ableton beim Laden eines gespeicherten Racks
    die controller midi mappings der 8 macros .
    Ist das normal ?

    So macht das Speichern austauschen wenig Spaß und Sinn, es muss alles neu gemappt werden nach jedem Rack laden …
    Oder gibt es Optionen mittlerweile dafür in Live 9.2 beta ?

    Best regard

    • Madeleine Bloom May 25, 2015 at 21:00 - Reply

      Das Vorhören funktioniert leider bisher durch Audiosamples und nicht MIDI und sowieso nur bei Live Instrumenten und Racks, aber wenn ich die Presets ordentlich bezeichne, weiß ich grob, was mich dabei erwartet. Ich speichere z.B. viel gute Presets für Effekte, die ich regelmäßig benutze. Spart mir einiges an Zeit.

      Die MIDI-Mappings werden mit dem Set gespeichert, nicht den Presets. Wäre vielleicht eine interessante Idee, als Feature bei Ableton vorzuschlagen.

  2. r3diris5man November 5, 2015 at 04:18 - Reply

    I use to store clips, drum racks and instrument racks in the user presets. At one point I have to get a new computer so I used “time machine” on my iMac to restore everything. Only problem was that Ableton Live couldn’t find any of the audio samples or audio clips, it was a nightmare. Since then I save everything within sets, Instrument racks will be saved in a set that contains all the other instrument racks, drum racks, clips same thing.

    I would like to use the user preset system, like you said it’s a much better system to save things and presets. Did the problem I described ever happen to you? If so, how do make sure it doesn’t happen again?

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