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 Live by Ableton is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins and Audio Units Plugins. It supports ReWire.
Product Live
Developer Ableton
Price (MSRP) $99 / €79 (Intro); $449 / €349 (Standard); $749 / €599 (Suite)
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
ReWire Mixer/Synth Application
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 9.7.5  Downloads Released
 9.7.5    Download Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
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Ableton Live is about making music. When you're writing and composing, Live is quick and responsive. When you want to record and develop your ideas, Live has the depth and toolset for intricate production. It's got the features to take your DJ skills to the next level and it's stable and flexible on stage, whether you're playing in front of 10 or 10,000 people.

Live 9 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. The editions share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, Instruments, Packs and Effects.

Here are the features common to all editions of Live 9:

  • Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation.
  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz.
  • Non-destructive editing with unlimited undo.
  • Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments.
  • Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching.
  • Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project.
  • Group tracks.
  • VST and Audio Unit support.
  • Time signature changes.
  • Multiple automation lanes.
  • Track Freeze.
  • Automatic plug-in delay compensation.
  • MIDI remote control instant mapping.
  • MIDI output to hardware synths.
  • MIDI Clock/sync.
  • ReWire.
  • Multicore/multiprocessor support.
  • WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support.

A detailed feature comparison is available here.


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7 April 2012 at 7:20pmResonanceMan

Hey guys, anyone know what the heck happened to the video playback in Ableton Live 8? it used to play smooth in Live 7, now I can't even watch it without it skippin 10-20 frames at a time. ive used all the lowest settings recomended. But still, even Cubase on an old G5 PPC out performs a Core2Duo on Ableton Live 8..

whats gives?

28 June 2013 at 8:36pmlsc9x

Sounds like bad code, but it could be any number of other factors. Usually new software releases are bigger and require more processor power. If it's a windows system there could be any number of factors that aren't playing "nice' with Live 8. Viirus scanners, anti-malware, printer driver software packages, auto loading applications etc. Also, it could be outdated sound drivers or even video drivers stepping on your application, causing delay, which then affects performance. I'd first say make sure your video drivers are up to date, and then kill any other apps that could be eating processor power. If it's a Mac, then, not sure. Maybe a video codec...

29 January 2015 at 5:01pmPit

I bought the AKAI APC 20 Controller which comes with a free Lite version of Ableton Live and I must say: This free version of the DAW is absolutely sufficient for what I want to do with it. And if Ableton some day comes with a 50% offer I probably upgrade to Standard in order to get more functionality.

18 May 2016 at 3:32amVinotaur

hey guys, is this Ableton Live 9 he is selling?

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