How to Get Supported Spotify Audio Files as Samples in Ableton Live [2024 Latest]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Mar 23, 2023 11:35 AM.

Ableton Live is a software music sequencer and digital audio workstation for macOS and Windows. In contrast to many other software sequencers, Ableton Live is designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool for composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering. Ableton Live is one of the best DJ software for all DJs, so much so, it is branded rather explicitly in its name.

Ableton Live is not a traditional DJ software that aims to emulate turntables and a mixer. It's a much more flexible and unique live performance environment, and all DJs would be remiss to exclude it in their list of DJ software to consider. Music streaming has become a hot market and Spotify is one of the leading names in that market. If you have lots of preferred playlists on Spotify, you would prefer to mix Spotify music with Ableton Live.

So, how to load Spotify music to Ableton Live for composing and mixing new tunes? You would say you just need to import Spotify music into Ableton Live. However, Spotify is only playable on limited software. Ableton Live does not support Spotify music format. To add Spotify to Ableton Live, you need to turn to a third-party tool and download Spotify music to Ableton Live supported formats. Go ahead to see more details.

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Part 1. How Can You Add Spotify Music as Samples to Ableton Live
Part 2. How to Download Spotify Music in Supported File Formats by Ableton Live
Part 3. How to Import Spotify Music as Samples Packs to Ableton Live

Part 1. How Can You Add Spotify Music as Samples to Ableton Live

As you may know Live does not support DRM-protected audio files from music services such as Spotify. However, the Places babel in the Browser allows you to add the contents of folders on your hard drive, then you can access the samples to use from local. So you'll want to convert the desired Spotify Music tracks to any supported file formats by Live from above.

  Audio File Formats:
Ableton Live Support Input: WAV, AIFF, AIFF-C, FLAC and OGG Vorbis
ViWizard Support Output: MP3, M4A, WAV, M4B, AAC, and FLAC

Fortunately, A powerful Spotify Music converter called ViWizard Spotify Music Converter can help finish this task. You just need to select the desired music tracks to Live from your Spotify library on desktop, and then set the output format for all the added items. You can choose to convert and download any Spotify music tracks to use as WAV and FLAC with ViWizard. If you choose other formats, you need to perform external decoding. Ableton Live supports audio files with 1 or 2 channels, with a resolution of 8, 16, 24 or 32-bit, and any sample frequency which can be up to 192kHz.

Best Spotify Music to Ableton Live Converter - ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

With ViWizard Spotify Music Converter on your Windows PC or Mac computer, you can download any on-demand music tracks from the Spotify desktop app. In addition to music songs, audiobooks, and podcasts can be downloaded. You can also adjust the codec, channel, bit rate, bit depth, and sample rate for the added music tracks. After the conversion, just head to Part 3 and learn how to add those audio files as samples to Live. Before getting started, download either Windows or Mac version of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to a non-separate device that you use with the Ableton Live.

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Highlights of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

  • Rip MP3 from Spotify for mixing Spotify with Ableton Live
  • Get rid of various format limitations from all Spotify music
  • Convert Spotify music to various DJ software like Traktor DJ
  • Work at 5× faster speed and preserve lossless quality audio
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Part 2. How to Download Spotify Music in Supported File Formats by Ableton Live

Make sure the device is running the latest version of the Spotify desktop app, where you can choose any music tracks to add to ViWizard for conversion.

Step 1. Import Spotify Playlist to ViWizard

add spotify music

Launch ViWizard Spotify Music Converter and it will start the Spotify application automatically. Then find the playlist you want to save on Spotify and directly drag and drop it to the main interface of ViWizard.

Step 2. Configure Spotify Music Parameter

select output format

When the playlist is successfully uploaded into the main home of ViWizard, you are prepared to configure the audio parameter for the output playlist. You could set the output audio in the format of WAV. Besides, you could also set the bit rate, audio channel, sample rate and others.

Step 3. Start to Download Spotify Playlists

convert spotify songs

Once all setting is done, you could start to download and convert Spotify music to Ableton Live supported formats. Just click on the Convert button at the bottom right. You could find all your downloaded Spotify music by going to Converted > Folder. Then you can import songs from Spotify to Ableton.

Part 3. How to Import Spotify Music as Samples Packs to Ableton Live

With a selection of supported audio files with Live, you can now add them to Live and start creating your own music.

Setting up the Browser with a folder on your computer:

Step 1Fire up the Ableton Live on your Windows or Mac computer.

Step 2In Live, choose File > New Live Set. This will start a new project.

ableton live new live set

Step 3Click the horizontal 3-inline icon on the upper right corner of the right panel.

Step 4Now scroll the Browser on the sidebar to the Places labels and open folders from your hard drive. Click Add Folder.

ableton live browser places add folder

Step 5Navigate your computer to find and locate the folder that contains all the audio files. Select the folder and click Open.

Step 6Now you can open that folder in the Places labels and add the sample to your track from the content pane.

Loading sample from a folder on your computer via drag & drop:

To import single audio samples while working on a track, the traditional drag & drop should work as expected. In fact, it's quite convenient, efficient, and straightforward when you already had an audio track set up in Live and you want to import another sample into that track.

Step 1On Windows or Mac, open the Windows Explorer or Finder and browse to the folder which contains the audio samples.

Step 2In the meanwhile, make sure the Ableton Live is open on the same screen.

Step 3To import the sample to Live, just drag the audio file from that folder and drop it onto the audio track. Ableton has loaded the sample onto that track for you, and the sample's waveform is displayed.


In fact, in addition to Ableton Live, other DJ software such as Virtual DJ and even other any software is available for your converted Spotify music. You can try to import the converted Spotify songs to any app and you will find the magic happen!

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