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If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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Computer Stuff

Category: Computer Stuff
If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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Computer Stuff

Category: Computer Stuff
If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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Computer Stuff

Category: Computer Stuff
If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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Computer Stuff

Category: Computer Stuff
If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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Computer Stuff

Category: Computer Stuff
If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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Computer Stuff

Category: Computer Stuff
If you are running the 64 bit version of the software, Ableton Live can use as much RAM as your computer has to supply or Ableton Live needs. Having a computer with at least 8GB of ram is recommended, especially if you intend on using third party plugin-ins

According to an article on Ableton’s site:

“Due to persistent out-of-memory crashes during use, Ableton will discontinue the 32-bit version of Live for new updates of the software from late 2017. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM only, which can quickly be exceeded when using large multisamples or memory-hungry plug-ins, resulting in crashes.”

Ableton Live will tell you whether you have 32 or 64 bit upon opening Live in the gray splash screen that appears while the program loads. If you have 32 bit, please consider upgrading.

Category: Computer Stuff
The hardware recommendations for running Ableton Live 9 or 10 include at least:

  • Ableton takes 6GB of hard drive space to install. We highly recommend getting at least 250GB or more space for producing music.
  • A multicore processor (preferably an Intel i7); 4 GB RAM MINIMUM; However, we recommend getting at least 8GB for producing, especially if you are using third party plugins .
  • MacOS X 10.7 or later (with Live 10, MacOS 10.11.6 & up) , or PC Windows 7, 8, or 10;
  • You’ll want to have USB ports on your computer, as most MIDI controllers are still USB. However, you can find many adapters for Thunderbolt 3 to USB, and most computers are continuing to adopt Thunderbolt 3 ports now.
Category: Computer Stuff
To troubleshoot issues with Live, you can reset to default settings in case the problem has been caused by corrupted setting files. Resetting Live won’t delete any important files, such as project files and presets.

Note: Resetting Live performs the following actions:
Your template set project file will be erased if you have one
Live’s preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled and will rescan, custom preferences need to be set again

If you don’t want permanently delete Template.als and Preferences.cfg, you can copy those files to another location on your computer. If the reset has not solved the issue, then you can place them back into their former locations.

In order to perform a full reset of Live, please take the following steps:

1. Close Live
2. Delete the files “Preferences.cfg”, and if available “Template.als” and “Undo.cfg” in the following folder, where Live x.x.x corresponds to the version number of Live installed on your computer.

Windows:
Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\

Mac:
Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/

Note: These folders are hidden by default, here’s how to access hidden folders on Windows and Mac.

3. If you have previous versions of Live installed you should also delete the same files in their respective folders

4. Restart Live

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