Many music production sample packs include both audio samples and MIDI clips. A sample CD might, for example, contain audio samples of a drum set or piano as well as MIDI clips containing drum patterns or chord progressions. Ableton Live supports both audio samples and MIDI clips. This digital audio workstation's level of integration with Windows means that you can quickly browse for samples and clips on your hard drive or CD drive, drag and drop them into an Ableton Live session, then use them in your productions.
Click the "Start" menu button. Click "All Programs," "Ableton" and "Live." Click the "Live" program icon to open Ableton.
Click "Create," then either "Insert Audio Track" or "Insert MIDI Track," depending on whether you want to load an audio sample or a MIDI clip, respectively. By default, Ableton starts with one audio and one MIDI track loaded -- add as many additional tracks as desired.
Click the "Start" menu, then click "My Computer" to open Windows Explorer. Navigate to the folder containing the clip or sample you want to load.
Click and hold the sample or clip. Press "Alt" and "Tab" simultaneously to switch back to Ableton. Drop the sample or clip into the audio or MIDI track to load it into Ableton.