How I Optimised Ableton Live 12’s Browser for My Workflow

When the public beta for Ableton Live 12 came out, some people were really excited about the new tag system that was introduced, others were not. I fall into the latter camp. The more content in the Live Library, the harder it is to find the right presets, clips and samples. Since the changes were made, I have found that I often end up frustrated because I spend too much time searching for what I want. Sometimes it even stopped me from making music at all. I really miss the folder structure, but it doesn’t look like it’s coming back. Mostly.

I realised I had to come up with a plan to make the browser in Live 12 work for me. So that’s what I did. The first step was to go through all the content I had and get rid of some of it because I had too much. Then I wrote down what I missed most and what I needed, and then I built it with all the new features that have been added in Live 12. And so can you.

Recently the Live 12.0.5 update came out with some much requested improvements. So I thought it would be a good time to give you an all-round guide to the Live 12 browser. It covers how to use the mouse or keyboard to search. I’ll also explain why some of us don’t see the changes from Live 11 to 12 as improvements, and how I make the browser work for me. At the same time, I’ll show you how to set it up to suit your workflow, as there are lots of features to show and hide, and now even rearrange elements. Additionally, we’ll go through all the features and I’ll also share some tips and tricks that I haven’t seen covered anywhere else. Not even in the Live 12 manual.

Watch the Video:



00:00 Intro
00:31 Mouse Search
02:12 Keyboard Search
03:15 Criticism
04:29 What I Want/Need
06:14 Options for Left Pane
08:15 Saved Searches
10:16 Show/Hide Filters
11:56 Tag System Tips
13:26 My Own Tag System
16:36 Add Tag Groups, Tags & Subtags
17:23 Add to Ableton’s Tags
18:23 Keeping Tags Synced Between 2 Computers
20:53 Outro

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