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Must-Know Ableton Live Shortcuts

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

In this article, we've compiled a list of the most essential Ableton Live shortcuts that can take your music production skills to the next level. These shortcuts cover general functions, navigation, editing, clips, mixer, and miscellaneous tasks. By incorporating these shortcuts into your workflow, you can save time and work more efficiently, ultimately producing better music.

Ableton Live is a popular digital audio workstation (DAW) that's widely used by musicians and producers to create professional-sounding music. To work efficiently in Ableton Live, it's important to learn the keyboard shortcuts. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the most useful Ableton Live shortcuts that can help you streamline your workflow and save time.


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General Shortcuts

  • F1: Open the Help View.

  • F2: Show/hide the Browser.

  • F3: Show/hide the Detail View.

  • F9: Show/hide the Session View.

  • F10: Show/hide the Mixer View.


Navigation Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + L: Toggle the Arrangement Loop.

  • Ctrl + Alt + L: Toggle the Clip Loop.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Shift + L: Clear Loop Selection.

  • Ctrl + Tab: Switch between the Session and Arrangement View.

  • Spacebar: Start and stop playback.


Editing Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item.

  • Ctrl + V: Paste the copied item.

  • Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item.

  • Ctrl + Z: Undo the last action.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Z: Redo the last action.

  • Ctrl + D: Duplicate the selected item.


Clip Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Shift + M: Convert the selected MIDI clip to an audio clip.

  • Ctrl + Shift + T: Convert the selected audio clip to a MIDI clip.

  • Ctrl + J: Consolidate the selected clips.

  • Ctrl + E: Split the selected clip at the current cursor position.

  • Ctrl + Shift + U: Reverse the selected clip.


Mixer Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Alt + N: Create a new audio track.

  • Ctrl + Alt + T: Create a new MIDI track.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Del: Delete the selected track.

  • Ctrl + Shift + D: Duplicate the selected track.

  • Ctrl + Shift + M: Show/hide the Master track.


Miscellaneous Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + S: Save the current project.

  • Ctrl + Shift + S: Save the current project as a new file.

  • Ctrl + O: Open an existing project.

  • Ctrl + N: Create a new project.

  • Ctrl + Alt + L: Show/hide the Live Devices browser.


In conclusion, Ableton Live shortcuts can help you work more efficiently and save time when producing music. Take the time to learn these shortcuts and incorporate them into your production process, and you'll be amazed at how much time you can save.

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