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Ableton Live 8

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Live 8: Long Live Ableton

Ableton's Live has been with us for some time now and since it’s initial release in 2001 it has proudly sported a simple one window interface and transparent ’no frills’ operation. This simplicity initially led some producers and musicians to believe it was perhaps a step down from other more complex DAWs, but seven years down the line Live has more than stood the test of time. read more…

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Very well thought out

By -Liam-, 07/11/2012
Installation on Macbook ultra simple. We insert the CD, it installs and it works!
Config is absent or almost all installs automatically.
The manual is a real bible, quite complex but clear and really comprehensive. If something goes wrong, it contains the solution, being harder to find among the hundreds of pages.


RAS in Macbook Pro 2011/2012.


I lutilise for almost 1 year. This is my second sequencer after quite tripotté Fruityloops.

The +:
- His real strength: the ergonomics and ease of use. I had Fruityloops (and not a pro level, far from it), and I have hardly struggled under Live. After a few hours, we arrive at the dip of the soft mode and have fun directly. The movie mode is great, it allows to compose freely as the ideas come from, in order (first chorus, then intro riff and a verse, etc.). Rather than having to write the chainson A to Z chronologically. Clip mode becomes a small mosaic of sounds which must then assemble in Session mode: really nice, and very intuitive.

- The interface is very clear, very readable, except one or two windows a little stashed one is never lost. It is a small feat given the many info on the screen at the same time.

- The sounds are very typical electro, in the classic version (not "Suite") are not without many millions. But given the substantial effect bank, they are bidouillables the almost infinite, which gives a depth of quite enormous possibilities.
- The effects are really successful.

The -:
- Sound bank may be a bit much right level, and again.

The price / quality ratio is good, after that is expensive to buy but we do not regret it saw the immense possibilities of the beast.

I would do this choice without hesitation.

Consistent and powerful DAW

By BeyondR, 27/07/2012
Ableton is one of the most popular daw’s right now, it’s being used by many famous artists and producers.
Ableton is a software designed to create melodies, music, grooves, basslines, to record , midi editing, midi warping, etc, some dj’s are using it for mixing even live.
Ableton has some really unique features like resampling, a completely new groove engine, a warping technique that is extremely handy on remixex and resampling.

Basically Ableton is a huge resampler with many possibilities, it has a pretty design too.
It’s pretty complex regarding the instruments that are build-in, but at the same time It’s very comfortable to work either on session view or arrangement view.


The program has two main views, the arrangement view and sessions view, the sessions view is primarily used in remixex because it’s easier to handle and much faster for some people.

Skrillex is one of the persons that uses ableton in creating his beats and music, Airbase is also a fan of ableton, and many other great music producers.
Ableton Live is one of the daw’s that I found really handy, easy to use, and also a pleasure to work with, the great design, the unique features , they really make producing music to seem much more fun and endless regarding the possibilities of creating an unique sound, some great drums or just composing something completely original.

The requirements for this software are:
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7)

2 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster

Sound Card


You can also put your own Vst's and combine the build-in features with your own vst’s to make the next hit single.
So without a doubt, you should give it a try and compose something with the brand new live 8 which is absolutely on a different levels from another daw’s that are even more expensive than live is but don't be fooled it's one of the greatest daw's right now and the value of price/quality is superb and I would make the same choice over and over again, check their web-site for the product

Brilliant and intuitive

By vincislex, 14/06/2012
The installation is done it without problem?
Mac, no worries. Downloaded from Ableton. Instant. I took advantage of a discount point of -33% from Intro Live at Live 8.

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
The general configuration is easy?
Software "easy" in appearance but very comprehensive and powerful
The manual is clear and sufficient? ..

Downloaded from the website and in French. Complete, clear and very well translated. But it is a "manual" which explains each feature. Follow the tutorials is essential.


What is the configuration of your computer?
Mac Book Pro Dual Core + basic sound card Edirol UA-25
The software runs he correctly on this configuration?
Yep! For my use it's perfect = not dreaming of your armor pieces of virtual instruments on my config. But despite all that is rotating and the limits are broad, though. It depends on your needs.


How long you use it?
2 years + 1 day. I made my weapons on Live Intro (light version) before I decided to upgrade to the full version. I am not disappointed. The differences between the two versions are really interesting ... and I slowly discovered the subtleties.
What is so special that you love the most, least?
More on:
- Interface: While a single screen (it may disturb some). There is not a thousand windows. The sleek look and simple device that mimics no "physical" can easily take over any tool. Ultra efficient.
- The "philosophy" nonlinear mode "Clip" which allows you to run loops in the environment ... I love and it fits well with my way of composing music.
- The entire test, free for 30 days. It's starting to come, but Ableton allows everyone the opportunity to test 30 days any software before buying it (you can just not save or export) ... It costs nothing and it is not important to test if the software quietly for you, if your hardware holds up ... I would have loved to try Pro Tools (the leader) and I never found a demo ... Too bad for them ...
- The "control surfaces". I bought an Akai MPD24 Launchpad and taking their full dimension here Live to drive. The "pre-mapping" in Live can really plug and play and work intuitively.

The least:
- Enough "typed" ... sound effects are very marked by defects "electro" and it is difficult at first to make a mix "simple" with conventional tools. Intro version is also very limited in setting tools ...
- Automation is not the easiest solution that exists ... but it works.
- File management: Wow! It's complicated (such as competition, for that matter) Live operates on a certain file organization ... It's not ultra-convenient ... but must get used to.

Did you tried many other models before buying it? Several, yes ... and I flashed on Live Intro (smaller but still effective) before buying the full version. How would you rate the quality / price? Almost perfect. It's certainly not the cheapest software on the market ... but it is stable, well-designed, original and powerful. The many instruments / samples provided can touch full of musical styles without breaking the bank too. The "Shop" Ableton can add sounds, instruments to map what I find a good policy ... With experience, you do again this choice? I will not change from soft, so it sticks to my way of working. on the other hand, as with all others for that matter, you really take the time to learn his favorite software ... These are powerful tools and complete that one can understand a few clicks. The time invested in learning will be a plus for the future.

Great for the Live!

By mrpessoa, 28/04/2012
Easy installation,
no problem recognizing the card and then turning,
manual (paper) more than enough,
The only incompatibility for now (I hope set!): UVI Workstation to run ...


Excellent stability (if I except the only problem with UVI). I can run multiple plugs Native Komplete same time without latency, no problem. (If I open them on the fly during a game live, although there 1 or 2 seconds of hesitation, but Live it first opens the set with all the plugs, then everything is going well ;) )


I use it for a few months: I am very happy!
Before, I struggled to plant: it was a year I struggled with programming problems, and that I did not play very little music factory ...

There, with Live, I have a working base rich enough (although far less than what may propose a customized workspace on Factory) available now! This is what I wanted and that plant does not offer me (even loading patches ready-made)

Now, regarding the limits of Live, bin ... I load plant as a plug, and I ask him to do what Ableton Live can not do, and it bathes.

What I really appreciate with Live is that it is not dedicated ELECTRO ... One can easily create a complex pattern in the window arrangement (with unusual time signatures and tempo changes audacious, when the electro runs in 4/4 turns and loops and loops on the same tempo before operating the change).

The special feature I like most is the ease and speed to compose a set of work and to play something fun (and I speak instrumentalist: it can also make beautiful "mosaics" techno with electro-made loops).

The feature that I like least: few options missing like the ability to create a shortcut to place a loop between two markers. Another option I would like, but there may be: the ability to write notes related to a scene or a track (like Cubase allows for example).

Quality / price ratio: being a teacher, I took advantage of the tariff Education, so I can not complain!

With experience, I will buy this software before purchasing plant. But having bought my first plant was discovered modular programming, a community of gold, and a soft cheaper and more comprehensive than Max for Live ;) .
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  • Manufacturer:Ableton
  • Model:Live 8
  • Series:Live 8
  • Category:General Sequencers
  • Added in our database on: 01/15/2009

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