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 Live by Ableton is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins and Audio Units Plugins. It supports ReWire.
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Product Live
Developer Ableton
Price (MSRP)
$99 / €79 (Intro); $449 / €349 (Standard); $749 / €599 (Suite)
Type / Tags Sequencer / MultitrackMPE
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Instruments
  
Can Host
Effects
  
ReWire Mixer/Synth Application
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
10.0.5
 
Downloads Released
 
10.0.5
 
Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, SDII, WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Live is fast, fluid and flexible software for music creation and performance. It comes with effects, instruments, sounds and all kinds of creative features—everything you need to make any kind of music.

Create in a traditional linear arrangement, or improvise without the constraints of a timeline in Live's Session View. Move freely between musical elements and play with ideas, without stopping the music and without breaking your flow.

Live 10 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, instruments, effects, and Packs.

A detailed feature comparison is available here.

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By FarleyCZ
April 26, 2012

Live started as application for live performances. I never did live performance, but I can imagine you need everything as quick and as agile as possible. With that in mind, they developed pretty unique app that was reliable and well suited for this purpose. (Thanx to it's clever session view thing.)

I believe it was around version 5 or 6 when people started to use Live for classic production as well. I guess main reason was unification of user interfaces used inside and outside of their studios. Around version 7, Ableton implemented better EQ, more cool devices and suddenly people found out, that it's in fact really good and solid DAW.

That quickness of performance tool just reminded. Everything is right under your fingertips and pretty much everything happens in one single window. That's what created Lives amazingly quick workflow. For example setting sidechain compression is question of 3 mouseclicks.

Next thing, that wows you, is its modularity. It's not pure modular DAW, but it has this racking option, that makes it really easy for you to get creative. Wanna layer X synths in one track? No problem. Wanna have several effects on one track working in parallel? No problem. There is not much of possible craziness you couldn't do with it.

Drum racks are amazing too. It's so logical. One track on outside and new track inside of it for every single hit. Easy, clear. Group tracks (available from version 8 I think) allows you to buss several of your tracks completely. If you need some conventional bussing or effect tracks, classic sends also available. ...and everything still happening inside of the one very window.

Unfortunately version 8 went a bit wrong as well. It's great version, best yet, but it has been around for three years or so. Other DAW developers worked hard on new versions. Some functions like vector automation curves, 64-bit instruction code support, or creative stuff like integrated pitch correction are painfully missing in Live. It's great on it's own now, but development should speed up a bit. So point down for that.

Anyway, I'm using Live as my one and only DAW for few years and having no intentions to change that. May be Bitwig can shake this opinion a bit, but that's question of future. Lot of DAWs claim they're quickest way from your brain to the finished track, but imho Live is only DAW you can really agree on that.

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ResonanceMan
ResonanceMan
7 April 2012 at 7:20pm

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?

lsc9x
lsc9x
28 June 2013 at 8:36pm

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...

Pit
Pit
29 January 2015 at 5:01pm

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.

Vinotaur
Vinotaur
18 May 2016 at 3:32am

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

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