Precious and Delicate Inspiration
Inspiration is fragile. It's like holding water in your hands. It's only a matter of time before it slips away. And it doesn't take much to steal it from you. Five minutes searching for a cable or an adapter, an unexpected email or text message, or digging through you Library of sounds in search of a preset or sample can be enough to completely derail your flow.
Live's Browser's Search Can Save You Serious Amounts of Time
We all have enormous libraries of sounds, presets, and samples. Even if you know exactly where things are, sifting through them can eat up valuable time when inspiration is high. All the time you probably spend searching through folders and Places during a typical session really adds up. The minute you feel inspiration, the clock is ticking. It doesn't take much to ruin it. Don't let a routine like finding sounds from your library be one of those distractions.
My 42nd Two Minute Ableton Live Tip is a demonstration of how much time you can save by using the search function in Live's Library. On a Mac, you access it by hit Command-F. Then start typing what you are looking for, and results start popping up instantly. Hit the down arrow a few times to highlight what you are looking for and press Enter. Bam! The item you are looking for is in your project.
Check out the video below as I show you how and offer you a few tips on how to name your presets so that you can find what you are looking for as quickly as possible. It won't make your basses thicker or your mix louder, but it will streamline your workflow and keep you on task to get those jobs done. Plus it will make you look like a fast moving ninja! Enjoy!
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