Ableton Live: Housekeeping via the File Manager Part 3

This is part 3 of the Housekeeping series. Before you start archiving you might want to tidy up first as described in parts 1 (Collecting Files) and 2 (Finding and Deleting unused Files).

Archiving as Live Packs

Whether you want to archive your Live Projects or share them with collaborators or publicly online, Live offers a convenient way to do just that with so called Live Packs.

  1. Open the File Manager by choosing 'Manage Files' from the File menu.
  2. Click on 'Manage Project'.
  3. Click on the little triangle next to 'Packing' to unfold its options.
  4. Click the 'Create Live Pack' button which will open a dialog.
  5. There you can specify the name and location of the Live Pack to be created, then click Save.

The resulting Live Pack has the ending alp. Creating a Live Pack works just like creating a zip-file. The contained files will be compressed, thus saving up to 50% compared to the original Live Project. Meanwhile, the Project itself remains unchanged.

To unpack a Live Pack, simply double-click it, drag it into the main window of Live or locate it via the command 'Install Live Pack' from the File menu. Live will ask you to choose a location where you want the Live Project to reside. If the Live Pack contains Factory content, it will be automatically installed into the Library without asking you for a location.

This way to the first, second and last tutorial of the same series.

Anything to ask or add? Simply leave me a comment. :)

By |2018-02-02T21:45:08+00:00January 23rd, 2013|Ableton Live Tutorials|2 Comments

About the Author:

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.


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