This tutorial is for Live 8 to Live 10.

Did you know that you can create your own Template Set that will be opened whenever you start Live?

This can be very useful if you tend to use the same MIDI instruments and effects when trying out new ideas. Then you'd just have to open Live and start getting your ideas or recordings down without further delay. Or maybe you use Live to practise piano on your MIDI keyboard. Or always want to do 8 track audio recordings.

  • Add the amount of audio and MIDI tracks you need. Add the Input and Output routings as desired.
  • Add your preferred MIDI instrument presets, MIDI and audio effects to your tracks.
  • Create manual MIDI mappings or computer Key mappings that you tend to use over and over.
  • Once you've created the Live Set to your liking, open the Preferences > File/Folder. The shortcut for it is Ctrl + , (Windows) or Cmd + , (Mac). Click on the 'Save Current Set as Default' button to save the current Live Set as the default Template.
  • If you no longer want to use your own Template Set, hold down the SHIFT key while choosing 'New Live Set' from the File menu. This will create a new empty Live Set. Then click on 'Save Current Set as Default' in the Preferences > File/Folder once again.
One last tip:

If Live always mysteriously opens with an old Set of yours, you can use the above described method to revert back to an empty Set as well.

Do you have any questions, suggestions or other comments? Let me know.

There are plenty more Ableton Live tutorials where this one came from.