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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Ableton Live 10 > THE BROWSER, COLLECTIONS AND FILE HANDLING IN ABLETON LIVE 10


Live 10’s deep refresh includes improvements and enhancements concerning how it handles samples, projects, presets, and Live Packs. Martin Delaney reveals how to make the most of these new features…


We’ve already covered the most prominent features in Live 10, starting with the new and updated devices (on p36), then the more workflow-based changes and improvements in the Arrangement View (p40). Following those, there’s a surprising amount to talk about in the nuts ’n’ bolts world of file management.

This is the stuff that you use every time you’re working with Live. I totally get the need to add new instruments and effects, but if all Ableton had done for this release was refine the workflow and keep everything stable, I’d be content. For example, Live 10 opens and closes projects (and their content) faster. That’s the kind of improvement that gives you back hours of your life, over time, and will be particularly appreciated by live performers.

The new colour-coded Collections are a great new option for finding and organising content. All you have to do is drag anything to your chosen Collection, and when you click on the Collection next time, there it is. You can add something to more than one Collection, by the way. You can rename and even hide them – or some of them – if you want to.

I’m expecting Collections to become my most-used Browser section. In case you’re wondering, they don’t reorder by name if you rename them, the sequence stays the same. The only complaint I have about them is… seven colours? Why not eight? That’d be far more logical for a colour-coding system based on using multiples of eight, which of course is encouraged by the 8x8 Push grid; come on dear Ableton, let’s see just one more colour added in a future update, please.

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