How to Use Presets from Free Live Packs in Your Own Live Sets

The free Live Packs that are not from Ableton or one of Ableton's sound partners contain .als files (Live Sets). I've gotten a few questions along the line of the following one and thought I'd write a little tutorial about it. "How can I use the samples in a session I've already started? Must I start a new session with that file as it's a session file?"

No, you don't. When you double-click the Live Pack, Live will ask you where you want to install the resulting Live Project. Once you've appointed a location (outside of your Live Library), it will simply be unpacked there. The currently open Live Set will be completely unaffected.

Now how can you use the presets included in the Live Pack?

Here's how:

  1. Add the Live Project to Live 9's browser under Places via 'Add Folder' in the browser.
  2. Choose it, unfold the Live Set's tracks by clicking on the little triangle to the left of the name.
  3. If you add a track of it to the Live Set you're working on, the containing preset will be added with it. To add one or more tracks, simply highlight, then drag and drop them onto the Track Title Bar of.

 How to Use the Presets of Free Live Packs

Questions or suggestions are as always welcome. Please leave your comment below.

By |2017-12-15T18:25:48+00:00September 3rd, 2014|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.


  1. John September 12, 2014 at 18:37 - Reply

    Sonic Bloom’s Mellotron pack for Ableton Live is oh-my-god good.

    The interface is easy to use, the feel is pure 1963, and the samples themselves are eerie in their authenticity.

    The flute patch in my new song, “Phone” makes the record.

    Thank you so very-very, Sonic Bloom!

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