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iTunes and Ableton Live

Posted on | September 16, 2006 | 1 Comment

metallo_man.jpgOk, on our quest to find the Nirvana environment of keeping track of material, for example for DJ use, I tried out the latest Albeton Live 6.0 (b15), and the brand new iTunes 7.0.

This new iTunes is nice as it has now an option to make and select multiple iTunes libraries, hit down the option key when starting iTunes via the icon and you will notice the new dialog box for this option. It means that you could finally have multiple iTunes libraries, one for your DJ collection, one for your listening use (such as Schubert music), and so forth.

Also, now in Ableton Live 6.0 you could drag from iTunes files directly into the audio tracks. So I did this, works fine.

Now, some issues with this. You can’t directly get the .asd files (have not tried to place those inside the original location), with the autowarping, it didn’t seem to find any .asd warp changes. So it’s like doing an auto-warp each and every time, and any tuned .asd files are not used. Ack.

Secondly, if you want to use .als clip collections, which I think it’s the way I will use Ableton from now, that’s not doable, either.

Also, you need a lot of screen estate to have  both Ableton Live and iTunes running, at the same time.

That’s really sad, as iTunes has excellent capabilities for sorting and arranging song sets, including playlists and global searches, so that part can’t be used for this kind of workflow operations.


One Response to “iTunes and Ableton Live”

  1. Stejones_efc
    December 2nd, 2006 @ 2:46 PM


    I saved the asd files in the original file location and it is “remembering” the changes i have made to it.

    re: the disection of clips and what you are doing with the als files. i think i will start chopping up the loops as you are doing. using itunes for playlists.

    enjoying your blog


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