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Free Ableton Live Resources
A Collection Of Free Live Resources!
Here is a collection of free resources available for users of the unique music recording and performance software program Ableton Live. There are instruments, effects Max for Live patches and more that have are available. Additionally, there are some very good tutorials on using various features of Ableton Live.
Free Live Packs and Sounds for Ableton Live
- Ableton - Downloads
Ableton has a whole series of Live Packs available to download for free. Some are just sounds and some are for Live instruments. Also, the packs are arranged by the Live version number, however, many (if not all) of the Live packs for older versions
- Ableton offers 10 free Live Packs in honor of their tenth anniversary
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Ableton is offering 10 free Live packs. Each Pack is has been created by a different Ableton artist.
- Free Ableton Live Packs from Afro DJ Mac
Afro DJ Mac put out a new live pack every week for a year. Here you will find a WIDE variety of instruments and effects. from compressors to synth emulations (like the Juno 1-06, Casio MT-68 and others), filters, delays, percussion, trumpets, and a
- Pure Magnenetik
In addition to their paid offerings, Pure Magnetic has a series of free samople packs available for Ableton Live. To download, you must register for a free account. Then look at the "Freebies" page or the "Artist Kits" page. The majorite pf these sma
- Waveforming Free Download
A free reduced version of Mesa+'s Waveforming. This is a Synth sound package for Ableton Live 7 or higher. Waveforming Free contains 10 waveforms that act as oscillators for Live's Simpler. This package includes 40 instrument racks that reproduce tim
- Togeo Studios
Togeo Studios has a whole series of free sound Loops for Ableton Live. Dreamscapes and SST are Sound Packs that use the Live Simpler Instrument. SST Gen and Buhya Bass contain just samples. And there are several others. Take a look.
- Free Moog drum machine
This is a drum machine sample set made entirely with the Minimoog Voyager. The entire kit is wrapped into a drum rack for Ableton 8.
- Free Live Pack from electronica artists Swayzak
This is a set of electronica audio loops for use in Live. The entire pack loads into live as a set with some processing assigned.
- Fine Objects Free Live Pack
Artists Amon Tobin and Eskmo have released a free live pack of sounds used in creating their single "Fine Objects". Sounds were originally recorded around the house, yard, studio, and other remote locations. These sounds were then mixed and processed
Free Ableton Live Effects
- Time Designer
Time Designer is a free Live Pack of 50 advanced multitap delays for Live 8 and a 10-step tutorial for creating and customizing your own delays using only Live's built-in devices.
- Audio Slicer
This effect uses 16 simplers grouped in 4 groups of 4 to slice up audio files into small percussive snippets. There is a demonstration video available on the website.
Free Instruments And Operators For Ableton Live
- The Covert Operators Free Downloads
The Covert Operators have several free downloads on this page. These downloads include "The Covert Seq" - a MIDI controllable step sequencer which they claim is probably the most complex MIDI effect Rack ever made - 1 download of operator plugins, a
- Sounds From A Distant Outpost
Electronic musician Mark Mosher has created this free Ableton Live pack of 12 instrument racks. These racks were designed to be "deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost." They are dynamic instruments
- Free NY Style Compression Ableton Live FX Rack
This Free Ableton Live FX rack is a parallel compression setup. There are 2 chains through this rack - 1 dry and 1 compressed. This technique works especially well to beef up drums and bass.
Free Max For Live Devices
Here are free devices that are becoming available for those using Ableton Live along with Max For Live.
- Modal Tapped Delay
This is a MIDI delay. It has eight delay lines, and can transpose the input and constrain the output to diatonic pitches.
- Mav For Live Devices by Robert Henke
Robert Henke has mad a variety of his Max For Live devices available for free download on his website. Included in this selection are a Step Sequencer, a Modulation Sequencer, a Distance Simulator, a Circular Doppler Effect, and several others.
- Free Generative Music Modules for Ableton Live and Max For Live
Richard Garrett has made available these free Generative Music modules for Ableton Live and Max For Live. There are six modules that can be used together to make wholly generated pieces whose output varies each time the Live Set is played, or in comb
- FlexibleGrid Device
Generates MIDI notes in 22 different modes on a grid can be any size. You can do things like rotate the grid, or drop notes down the grid. This site has a nice video that demonstrates this devices operation.
- sbx 2049
sbx 2049 is a free drum machine for Max for Live. It is a six voice synthesis based drum machine. It has an integrated pattern based sequencer.
Free Ableton Live Tutorials
- Demystifying Ableton Live's Session View
Ableton Live's session view is the most unique part of this package. At first glance, however, the session view is not entirely clear or obvious. Laura Escude, a performer and Ableton Certified Trainer, provides the best introduction to the session v
- Getting Started With Ableton Live
Like the title states, a nice introduction to using Ableton Live. This was originally written for Live v. 4, but the information still applies.
- 2 minute Ableton Live Tips
After completing his Free Ableton Live Pack of the Week Afro DJ mac has taken creating a new free 2 minute Ableton Live Tip video. Tips on "Routing", Midi To Audio", "Efficient Drum Rack Sampling" and more can be found here.
- Ableton Live Tips and Tricks
Links to numerous tutorials and tips on using Ableton Live. As you move further down the page the links get more general, but the top 5 sections are all about Live.
- The World's most Ableton Tips Packed Into 1 Video
A pretty impressive title - but here you have 98 tips for using Ableton Live. This 38 minute video is great if you are just starting out with Live, but even experienced users will likely find something useful here. The web page lists all tips, so you
- Basic Synthesis and Sound Design with Ableton Live
Here are a series of free tutorials (video and text) that use Ableton Live to explain the main elements of synthesis. The Main Topics covered are WaveformsAdditive SynthesisOscillators EnvelopesSubtractive SynthesisFM SynthesisOther forms of Synthesi
- Programming beats in Ableton Live
A very good tutorial on programming Ableton's Impulse (an included drum sampler) for drum beats. Includes a link to free drum samples.
- How To Use Follow Actions
A very nice video tutorial on the powerful feature of "Follow Actions" in Ableton Live. Follow Using Follow Actions you can easily create semi-random and improvised arrangements that have amazing variety.
APC Step Sequencer Tutorial
Marc Egloff guides you through the steps to turn your APC40 or 20 into a traditional step sequenced drum machine using his software. The software is a free Max For Ableton patch available at the Ableton website.
Tips And Tricks
Acid House Tutorial - Roland TB303 Sound in Ableton Live
A fantastic tutorial on creating the popular Acid House Sound. This sound was originally created and made famous with the Roland TB303 synth. This video show some great techniques for creating this sound in Ableton Live. If you go to the Vimeo site you can find quite a few additional Ableton Live tutorials by Point Blank (the folks that created this one).
Additional Things for Ableton Live
- Ableton Live Skins
A library of free skins for Ableton Live
- Build a foot controller for Ableton Live
From the Ableton Forum, here is all the information you need to make a foot controller for Ableton Live.
- Ableton Live scripts for the Korg nanoPAD and nanoKONTROL
These free set of MIDI Remote Scripts and Kontrol Editor templates provide a series of default mappings for these two controllers.
- Jethroe DJ FX
This is a free effect rack for Ableton Live 8. It is the effect rack that is used in the APC40 video.