Splitting and consolidating are essential when editing clips. No matter if purely for arranging purposes or creative fun with audio clips. There are a lot of ways to utilise these functions like creating new loops or when extreme mangling audio by warping, pitch-shifting etc. For both the track needs to be unfolded.


  • To split a clip in two, click at the desired position in the waveform or MIDI display, then use Ctrl + E (Win) or Cmd + E (Mac) to split it.
  • Splitting

  • To separate a clip (results in three clips), click and drag in the waveform or MIDI display to highlight a part, then use Ctrl + E (Win) or Cmd + E (Mac) to perform the split.

Splitting in three


Select a part in the arrangement by clicking and dragging (this can include several clips and silence), then use Ctrl + J (Win) or Cmd + J (Mac) to consolidate. MIDI clips simply are combined into one clip. For audio clips a new sample is created that incorporates all changes in the clip's Sample and Envelopes box excluding the effect and mixer processing.


The first tutorial in the series is Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 1 - The Editing Grid. The next part in line is Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 5 - Adding Multiple Clips.