Ableton and your computer?
Organizing your Ableton Projects?
To avoid doing all of that, you should get into the habit of selecting File, Collect All and Save, which creates copies of the sample files used to the project file folder so that your project is portable.
- Freeze tracks using 3rd party plugins (right click on the track name –> Freeze Track)
- Collect All And Save. Be sure to save the .als and other contents in the original project folder. See video below on how to do this.
.alp stands for “Ableton Live Pack.”
It’s a zip file of your project and the samples used, but in a smaller, condensed format.
Why use it?
It makes it super easy to archive Ableton Live projects and share them.
How to make an .alp?
1. File –> Collect All and Save. -This will copy any samples, packs, recorded audio, and Max for Live devices to your project folder.
2. File –> Manage Files…
3. Click Manage Project (Center option on the right pane)
4. Click Create Pack (name your .alp)
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.