Adding Custom Wavetables in Ableton Live

Since Live 10 came out with Wavetable, I have wanted to load my own custom wavetables. They said we couldn’t say it… well… we can. This article and associated video will walk you through adding your own custom wavetables to Live 10.

 

If you would rather watch a video, watch this one:

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Steps to Import custom Wavetable

Before we get into the steps, let’s talk about the theory. As of 3/26/2018 you can only replace the official Wavetables in Live and cannot just upload your own with it’sown folder/name and such. Real bummer… Hopefully, that changes, but for now here are the steps to importing your own wavetables in Live 10.

  1. Create or have a Custom Wavetable to upload. Later in the article I will talk about how to do that, but for now you can download these Wavetables I created as an example. Tables need to be mono Wav format, 16 bit, 1024 samples for each waveform.
  1. Go to
[Wherever Live 10 is installed on your computer]\Resources\Dsp\Vector\Sprites
  • Rename the original wavetables to “name_Backup” so you have a backup you can always revert back to.
  • Copy a new wavetable into the folder, or the example one above.
  • Rename the wavetable to the same as the one you backed up. The name needs to be 100% exact.
  • Open up Live and check it out!
  • Using Serum Wavetables in Live 10.

    There are a lot of amazing wavetables in Serum. If you want to be able to use them in Live 10’s wavetable, there is a really easy way to save them and use it in Ableton Live’s Wavetable.

    To start, open up Serum and pick the wavetable you want to use. Then hit the edit wavetable button. 

    Ableton Live’s wavetable is half the length (1024) of serums ones (2048) so you need to go to “Process ->Resize tables to be Double (1/2 total number)”. If you don’t do this then Live cannot read the file and it will not work. Once you do that, export the wavetable.

    If you don’t have serum, don’t worry you can make your own.

    Making Your Own Wavetables:

    So far I have found 2 easy ways to make your own wavetables. First one is to use Serum… dope…  Second way is to use Synthtech.

    Synthtech is a free program (Mac and Windows). It is an amazing editor. It was designed to work with hardware made by Synthtech, but can work great for what we need. Visit: http://synthtech.com/waveedit/

    There is one problem though, it doesn’t allow you to change the samples. You need a 1024 Sample for Wavetable. The workaround I have found is to load one of Ableton Lives Wavetable’s and just edit it / create one from that. It will then export it to the right samples. Just make sure it’s 16bit.

    That imports wav files and exports tables that work. The caveat is that the editor is designed for tables that are 256 samples long and only 64 of them. So you get really small tables out of this (16 at 1024 samples if my math is correct 🙂

    Once you create one, save it and add it to the folder / rename it to load it in Wavetable.


    So there you go!  Have fun using this hack to use your own custom Wavetables. Just remember to BACKUP your original wavetables from Ableton Live.  If you know of a great wavetable editor, comment below or share your custom wavetables.


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    One Comment

    1. Chris March 27, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Brilliant work-around , love this. Thank-you.

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