Your Discarded Ideas Are a Treasure Trove

One of the things that is vitally important in music production is the ability to edit. To discard anything that doesn't improve the song or track, regardless of how long you've spent on the part. The sounds or ideas might be great in themselves, but they just won't fit. If you find it hard to let go of them, here are some tips that might make it a whole lot easier for you next time.


Don't hit delete just yet. There's no need to discard these ideas forever. What doesn't fit in this track, might be just perfect for the next one. A loop that sounded wonky in this song could be a great starting point for a new one.

Saving as Presets

In Ableton Live, it's dead simple to save those little ideas. If it's a MIDI instrument or Instrument Rack that you've spent hours getting to sound just right to then realise it's not meant for your current production, save it as a preset.


Saving as Live Clips

Any audio samples or MIDI clips can be saved in Live Clips which have the added bonus that all settings of the clip, the track it's on and the contained devices will be stored and recreated when dragged into a Live Set.


Saving as a Live Set

Of course, anything that spans several tracks can be saved as a new Live Set.


If you continuously save your ideas and keep them all organised in your User Library, you'll have plenty of snippets for later. Next time you hit a creative low and can't come up with anything, you'll have a good selection of clips and presets to get you going.

Remember, one track's trash is another one's treasure. ;)

By |2017-02-02T20:11:30+00:00June 10th, 2015|Music Production Tips|3 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. gh0stless June 16, 2015 at 09:52 - Reply

    Mann kann auch eine, odere mehrere Sputen selektieren und auf den Browser ziehen zum speichern. Leider geht das nicht mit Return-Spuren, was mich ärgert.

    • Madeleine Bloom June 16, 2015 at 12:55 - Reply

      Ja, momentan ist es so, dass die Return-Spuren nicht wiederherstellbar sind außer mit dem ganzen Live Set. Aber wenigstens kann man die Presets speichern, die man drin haben möchte.

  2. dark3zz October 27, 2015 at 15:32 - Reply

    einfach n geiller artikel ! ueberhaupt die ganze webseite macht spass. merci und gruess aus der CH

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