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Serato Sample Quickstart Guide for Ableton Live


Screenshots in this guide are using the latest current iteration at the time of writing, of Ableton Live 10.1.9.

  1. Make sure that you've installed Serato Sample, as per the Installation Guide
  2. Open Ableton Live
  3. Open the preferences menu for Ableton Live, then go to the 'Plug-Ins' preferences menu. If you have installed Serato Sample as a VST; turn on 'Use VST Plug-In System folder' (if you have a custom location for VSTs turn on the 'Use VST Plug-Ins Custom Folder' as well) or turn on 'Use Audio Units' if you have installed Sample as an AU plug-in.
    NB: If you are using Ableton 10.9 or below, these plugin options will be located in the 'File/Folder' tab of Ableton's Preferences menu.
  4. Go to the Plug-Ins list and select Serato Sample, if you're loading a VST, first go to 'local' and then select 'Serato Sample', for Audio Units go to 'Serato' and then select 'Serato Sample'
  5. Insert Serato Sample to an empty MIDI track
  6. Load a sample either by clicking 'Load' or drag in a sample
  7. (If necessary, ensure Computer MIDI Keyboard is enabled by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + K, or checking it's enabled under Options --> Computer MIDI Keyboard)
  8. Press the letter Z twice on your keyboard to have the computer midi keyboard in the correct octave range (By default, Ableton Live will be set to C3-D4, while Serato Sample sits on C1-D#2) the cues will now start from the letter A on the keyboard, for 16 sequential pads.
    NOTE: If you're using a MIDI keyboard controller, make sure to change the octave to C1 for the range is between C1 and D#2

If you use Ableton Live in conjunction with the Ableton Push or Push 2, please refer to this article about setting up Sample with the Push/Push 2 controller. 

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