Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 5 – Adding Multiple Clips

When dragging and dropping multiple audio clips onto the grid, Live will by default add them all to one track. In Session View vertically, in Arrangement View horizontally along the timeline. There will be times though when you want them all in different tracks, added in the same scene (Session View) or at the same start time (Arrangement View).
Default for adding multiple samples
Hold down Ctrl (Win) or Cmd (Mac) while dragging and dropping files to add them to different tracks. If there aren't enough tracks available, Live will automatically create the necessary amount.

Adding multiple samples not on same track

You can use the same modifier to select multiple clips to move around on the grid. Or simply click and drag from an empty space on the grid until they're all highlighted. Now click and drag one of the selected clips to move them all to their new position.

Tutorial no. 1 in the series is Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 1 - The Editing Grid. Next up: Ableton Live Workflow Tips Part 6 - Deactivate Clips or Notes.

By |2017-02-02T20:23:43+00:00November 19th, 2012|Ableton Live Tutorials|2 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. Ulysses November 10, 2015 at 11:34 - Reply

    Hey. This is a great piece of info. Any reason why it would not be working for me? I’m using live 9.5.

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