How to Split a Clip in Ableton Live 7.1

Hey there!

So you’re looking for new programs to help with your audio editting of different projects you have. You come across soundbooth — you have no idea how to use it. You come across Garage Band — you still have no idea how to use it. You come across Ableton — you don’t know how to use it but you found this blog post to help you get started by teaching you one of the basics. In this post, you will learn how to cut an audio clip in half so you can either shorten or freely move the clip at will.

First. Select your audio clip from your computer. (Note: It must be a .wav file in order to work in Ableton)

Second. Click the Arrangement View setting. This will  give you a landscape view of your audio clip so it becomes more like a timeline for each sound wave made in the clip.

Arrangment view

Third. You have an option here. You can click and drag the audio clip or you can copy and paste the audio clip into the highlighted track display towards the top of the screen.

Drag and click method

Fourth. Click your audio clip at the place you want to split it. (Note: you can find this place exactly by playing the audio clip by pressing spacebar, and then clicking space bar again to pause.) An orange vertical line with a downward pointing triangle should appear in the clip.

click for orange line

Fifth. Make sure your clip is not highlighted yellow, if it is try clicking your clip again. Split the clip! Click edit then click split. And there you have it, your first split clip on Ableton.

edit and split

I hope this was informative and that you will be encouraged to explore Ableton even more.

-Derrick L. Smith II


~ by sirhumphrey4444 on October 31, 2011.

2 Responses to “How to Split a Clip in Ableton Live 7.1”

  1. This post made great use of pictures and red circles to make it clear to the readers what they need to do. Not only that, but all the screenshots are labeled, such as “edit and split” and “arrangement view”. It makes it easier for organizational purposes. My only suggestion is to nix everything in the first paragraph except the last sentence, as it’s not entirely relevant.

  2. What I like about this is that it explains something that I am totally unfamiliar with. Through pictures and visual aids (the arrows and circles) I was able to follow step by step without a problem. I may look into using Ableton now!

    -Jarad Kmietowicz

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