Why do I keep missing files when opening Ableton projects?

If you find that you’re frequently missing files when opening project files, it’s important to save your project files using the “Collect All and Save” option (located in the same menu as “File, Save As.”)

If you have a folder on your computer where you keep all your samples, and for some reason that folder is moved (or if you share your project with someone and they don’t have that sample folder), your project will have missing files.

To prevent this from happening, you need to “Collect All and Save,” which will copy any of the samples or files used in other folders on your computer into that project file’s folder.

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