Got this from Jerome Hill – too good not to share and might get you out of a tight spot.
Basically if ableton live crashes it creates a temporary project file in your library.
The issue with OSX is your library is now hidden.
So here’s the tip & hope it helps you if you’re in a sticky situation.
Right.. its all down to flakey ableton crashing, and luckily it crashed on me yesterday… everytime it crashes (i think) a file is saved, and was able to(n) restore from that…Thanks again The Irish !!!!
Here were my instructions:
first open “terminal” in utilities and type this in
chflags nohidden ~/Library
That will unhide your hidden library…
THEN, go to macintosh HD, then users, then “your username”, then to “library” (which would’ve been hidden if you didn’t do step one), then preferences, then ableton, then “live 8.0.whatever”, then a folder called crash…
Each of the files in there will be a sort of ghost version of your crashed ableton projects. Find the one that matches the time and date you think yours crashed. They may be missing samples but once you get one open you can usually recover your work and click “find missing samples”