I'm switching from GarageBand to Ableton Live Standard for music production and live performance. However, I'd still like to perform songs I've made using GarageBand. I figure I can export loops or parts of the song from GarageBand and import that into Ableton Live, but I'd like to play the same (or very similar) software instruments as I had before.

I'm using macOS so I believe some GarageBand software instruments might be able to be imported into Ableton Live. If this is the case, how can I import them? If not, how can I identify similar software instruments in Live?

  • I believe there is a way to import apple esx samples into Live Sampler or Simpler. If I figure that out I will post here. – Todd Wilcox Feb 1 '17 at 12:36
  • I have occasionally had luck loading GarageBand .exs files into Apple's pre installed AUSampler plugin. – Linuxios Feb 2 '17 at 3:47
  • How did you do it @Linuxios? – Ross Brigoli May 10 at 17:23

I also had this question, and as far as I understand from my research: To properly import 3rd party sampler instruments into Ableton Live, you need the instrument "Sampler" which is included in Suite, or can be bought extra.

"Import third-party libraries or create and edit your own multisamples." https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/sampler/

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