How to Reinstall Ableton Library


The Library in the Ableton Live 8 digital audio workstation stores the program's built-in samples and presets, as well as any Live Packs that you've installed. It contains a variety of pre-configured audio effect tracks and song templates which can help speed up the production process. When you import sample-based instruments in, for example, the NKI format, Ableton also places these imported instruments into the Library. If your Ableton Library has become corrupted or inaccessible, reinstall it from within the program.

  • Launch Ableton. Click "Options," then "Preferences."

  • Click the "Library" tab.

  • Click the "Repair Library" button to reinstall the Ableton Live Library.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the "Repair Library" button fails to reinstall the Library, uninstall Live, manually delete the Library and the program's "preferences.cfg" file, then reinstall the entire program.
  • To access the Library, click the top of the Browser window and select "Library" from the drop-down menu.
  • You can move your Library to a new location on the hard drive using the "Change Location" button in the Library Preferences window.
  • During the time that Ableton is reinstalling the Library, you cannot use any other functions in the program.


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