Ableton Instruments & FX Presets Instructions

Instructions


WORK FASTER & GET BETTER SOUNDS

If you're new to working with presets, these are the instructions on how to get them working in Ableton.

Presets are great because they really help you speed up your production.

They give you access to complex, interesting, well-developed sounds, without having to stop and build them in the middle of a session.

The goal of this lesson is to get your custom presets to show up in your Ableton Browser, so you can easily find them next time you want to play with an interesting sound.

This means you get the ideas out of your head faster, instead of wasting time rebuilding each FX rack in every song.

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HOW TO INSTALL NEW PRESETS

Here are two simple ways to get your presets working.  The first one is inside Ableton.

  1. Download the .adg file
  2. Open your Ableton Browser window
  3. Drop the preset into your User Library
  4. Hover over the right section for Audio Effect, Instrument or MIDI Effect

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COPY TO FOLDER

Method two: you can also manually locate your Ableton User Library and copy the preset into the "Presets" folder, for Instruments or Audio Effects.

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Here's an example file path.

Ableton folder > User Library > Presets > Audio Effects > Audio Effect Rack > drop it there.


Instructions

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HOW TO SHARE YOUR PRESETS

It's really fun to make your own presets so you can build up your library of unique sounds, and trade them with other people.

Preset files are really small so it's easy to send them in messenger, by email, or anyplace like that.

They're a lot easier than sharing audio or video.

Here's how to make an Ableton preset.

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Instructions

  1. Group all your instruments and effects into one rack using [ctrl / cmd +G]

  2. Name your preset and include "L9" or "L10" in the name, to indicate which version of Live it needs [ctrl / cmd +R]

  3. Screenshot the macro knobs so we can see what we're gonna get.

  4. Save the preset using that button in the top right corner of the instrument rack. This puts it into your User Library.

  5. Find the .adg file on your computer. It will be an .adg file, and these are really small like 10kb or something.

  6. After this you can send the preset by email or messenger as a tiny 10kb attachment for other people to play with.

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