For using Splice on splice.com and Ableton Live 10, how do we easily get all of our samples from Splice effortlessly integrated into Ableton Live 10?
I was doing an incredibly inefficient system before this and I hope this new system I show you here is helpful if you are using both Splice and Ableton Live 10.
SPLICE in Ableton Live! Easiest Installation? Time Saving Folder Management Setup?
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All we need to do is click first, “Add Folder” on here, and then wherever we put our Splice folder we just select that folder.
Now technically what I did, since I put Splice, if I go out to my data partition here, what I did is put a “Splice” folder on my bigger hard drive, and then inside this are the samples, and then the packs.
I picked the packs folder, where all the different packs go, I selected that folder, and then I actually renamed it “Splice” because then, I don’t have to click down twice more.
When I put it on “Splice” every time I had to do two down clicks just to get into this packs view. You put it like this, and then you have got all of your packs that you can just click down and browse into each of these here, or you can go through and just search through.
For example, if I’m looking for a transition out of my Splice packs, then I can easily just click down here and I’ve got transitions.
Now, how do we then add to that?
It’s nice when we have got the Splice app installed and that’s how we choose where to put the folders. For example, if I download a pack and put it in a different file directory, then what I need to do is just essentially manually put that one into the Splice folder.
I hit “Download Pack” on this one and I’m downloading for 300 credits. I’m getting the sounds of I guess KSHMR. I’m getting the whole pack, then I just unzip that, and put the folder inside the “Splice” library with all the other packs. Then, I’ve got it right there in Ableton Live 10.
That’s the quick and easy way to do it, much easier than I’ve been doing. I took the time to film this because you might not even have thought to do this before. I can’t believe I didn’t think to just make it this easy by going to places, sticking a Splice folder in, and now I’ve got all my Splice sounds in one.
Now, one of the downsides with Splice is, it puts all of these in separate folders. If you find a pack you like, the idea with this is to get the whole pack. If you like the whole pack, you might as well get the whole pack lots of times because instead of having a bunch of these folders with one thing, it just makes sense to have a lot of them.
I will show you how to do this now, I will open this up over here in Explorer, then I hit “Extract All,” then I can extract this.
Now, wherever I extract it, it’s going to go in a different folder. I want to put that straight in a Splice folder.
What I want to do ideally is name it the exact same thing it’s named in here. I go over here to copy the name and I put a new folder in there just like that.
Then, it should, theoretically, install it in the exact same folder it would download it too. What I do is I hit “Extract Now” and because I’ve got two different drives, I got that on a C Drive, this SSD, and then I have it on a slower other drive. It actually has to extract it across from one drive to another, which slows things down a lot.
It’s extracting it over into the Splice pack, and then as soon as it finishes in it, Ableton has to scan all of these folders. You can see Ableton’s periodically doing this little scanning thing, and then what it needs to do is get everything in there.
If you don’t like how it put it in there, what you can do is just take it up a level.
I will show you how to edit that once it’s done. It put an extra folder in there and it’s just annoying if you are going through a bunch of times, and it’s got all these extra folders in it.
You can save some time browsing, especially for some of the big packs like this. This one has a 1,558 samples. I can save some time really quick doing the following strategy.
This one has got a “Read me” in here. I don’t always actually do the “Read me,” but I actually read it here and I should get some points for that. What I want to do since all the things are actually in here, I want to just take these out.
Now, I can do this one of two ways. I can take the actual folder out, or I can just take the files out of the folder. What I’m going to do is cut these up and we are going to go up two levels. I want these directly in the folder with one click down.
I just take these out and I hit “Cut,” go up two levels, and “Paste,” and this puts all those folders up two levels. That cuts out one level of browsing. You see this is then cleared out.
Now technically, if I downloaded extra from the pack, it might not work just right, but as you see now, instead of having to click down like six times, which is stupid, then I just saved myself two down clicks every time.
I can do this on every single one of these that I want to. I don’t do it on everyone, I do it mainly on the full packs and there is a ton of samples in it, or I find myself using it, or like now, I just downloaded this “KSMHR volume 2,” and I just did that.
Then, it’s easy to just grab all of them in there.
What I do is I go through and I’d like some of these packs to help me find them, so I will do the same thing with this one.
Now this one though, I’ve already downloaded some.
All the samples have to be downloaded in this one individually.
All I do here is click the button “Yes,” to use 335 of my credits at once.
Now, it’s downloading all of these and what this does is put each of these in one at a time, which I imagine will take significantly longer, and then I may have to do the same little folder trick on that one that I just did before.
Unfortunately, for this one, we need to wait till all of it gets in there. If we look at all these different sample packs, we will have to wait until every one of these is downloaded. If you can get a zip* file and extract it, that can go a lot faster.
This is downloading and I think you need the Splice app actually open. If you have the Splice app, you may need to actually open it.
The Splice app opens up, and then it looks like at this rate, the app needs to actually download everything itself. When the app gets to downloading it, then the app just automatically puts everything straight in the folder, and then as it puts everything in the folder, I’m able to use all of it directly in Ableton.
Right now, it’s taking a while to download all of these. I’ve got them all downloaded according to the web browser, but it doesn’t look like these are actually downloaded yet.
Now this one is called “KSMHR volume 2” and this one has got them named differently on this one too. What I can do is just move everything from the zip* over into this.
You got all these folders that can be annoying, especially if you have downloaded each of them separately.
Since I downloaded this whole sounds of this one, “volume 2,” I can actually just go in and delete that.
Now, I’m interested to know since the app manages it itself, it might try to mess with it and not let me do it, but I’m just gonna do it and see what happens. I will rename this one, so that they are right next to each other there.
I’ve got both of these next to each other now, and it’s just a little bit easier to browse. I don’t want to have to look for sounds each time.
Now this one is doing the same thing. It’s got “volume 1” on it, so you have to go down one extra time. Same thing here, we are just going to copy all of this out, move it up one folder.
Now that will save a little bit of time.
On the downside, it looks like the app is processing it like this. If you move some of the stuff, it looks like it’s not syncing up some of these and it may lose track of them in the downloader, but that’s okay as long as they are actually on the computer.
There, you can see Ableton updated that instantly. Both of these have a ton of samples. That’s a lot easier now to just click it down like that.
You might not think some of these time-saving things are worth it, but if you want to have higher productivity, making music faster, just having a lot of these little things can make a big difference.
Take out an extra two clicks a thousand times and you have saved yourself a significant amount of time just clicking the same thing.
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I hope this tutorial is helpful.
Especially if you got all the way to the end, you must have found something helpful.
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Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.