How to Install Multiple Live Packs With Ableton

by Seamus IslwynUpdated September 22, 2017
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Live Packs add extra instruments and sounds to your Ableton digital audio workstation. They can contain samples, MIDI tracks and even entire sets. Instead of hosting individual clips on their websites, sound designers, artists and composers can compress many samples into an easily-distributable Live Pack. Some websites give away Live Packs for free, some require registration to download them and others offer commercial Ableton Live Packs for a fee. With Ableton 7 and later versions, you can install multiple Live Packs simultaneously.

Download a Live Pack and save it to your Desktop. Continue downloading as many Live Packs as you want to install in Ableton.

Right-click one of the downloaded Live Packs. Click "Extract All" then click "Extract." Repeat the process for all of the Live Packs you downloaded. Extracted Live Packs use the Ableton logo as their icon and have the extension ".alp."

Click the Start menu button, type "Live" into the search box and click the Ableton Live icon to launch the program. Minimize Live using the button in the top right-hand corner of the program window.

Click the first extracted Ableton Live Pack on the Desktop. Hold down "Ctrl" and click each of the other extracted Live Packs in turn. Release "Ctrl." Click one of the Live Packs and hold down the mouse button.

Press "Alt" and "Tab" together to switch back to Ableton Live. Drag the Live Packs into the "Live Devices" section of the Live window and release the mouse button to install them in Ableton.


Installed Live Packs appear in the "Library" section of Ableton Live.


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About the Author

Seamus Islwyn has been writing for radio, print and online publications since 2003, covering subjects from independent Canadian music to automobile smuggling in the Balkans. His work has appeared in the "Tirana Times" in Albania, and he also composes and produces electronic music. Islwyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University and a certificate in radio broadcasting from Humber College.

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