Ableton Live Suite is an audio sequencer that you can play like an instrument. On its own or with other musicians or DJs, live on stage, or when remixing in the studio all you need is Live and a Mac or PC.
Ableton Live Suite is the revolutionary music production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments as well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences, together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use.
In short, Live lets you focus on what really matters: your music. Live’s award-winning elastic audio sequencing lets you record, import, arrange and process multiple audio clips and loops into complete songs regardless of their pitch or tempoóall in real time while the music continues.
You can even change tempo and pitch of audio independently after the fact and clip envelopes create endless loop variations. You can also integrate linear tape-style recording along with your loops. With Live, Ableton’s unique approach to music production extends to a new paradigm in MIDI sequencing and manipulation as well, complete with virtual instruments. As simple to use as it is powerful, Live is a completely unique musical tool that blurs the distinction between stage and studio.
Ableton Live Suite is the only solution designed for each stage of the musical process, from creation to production to performance. In the creative stage, Live is transparent, intuitive and responsive, capturing inspiration and encouraging the flow of musical ideas.
During production, Live provides all of the professional tools and studio compatibility required to complete and perfect projects. On stage, Live delivers the expressive control and stability that innumerable performing artists have come to rely on. Ableton Live Suite – Music Creation, Production, and Performance for Mac OS and Windows. Create. Produce. Perform.
- From Sketch to Composition. Live’s specialty is composition by improvisation. Record musical ideas, combine or create new songs, and compose on the fly. Live captures your every move for later refinement and editing.
- The Musical Hub. Come together, right now. Live offers complete multitrack recording and editing for any acoustic source, hardware synthesizer or software instrument.
- Easy MIDI. Yes, MIDI can be fun and easy. Drop a software instrument in a track and play. Drag and drop MIDI and audio effects, layer synths, and record MIDI as audio.
- Pattern Mode. Your laptop is about to turn into a groove box. Live puts an arsenal of groove-making tools at your fingertips.
- Mix and Remix. Instantly combine jazz with house with hip hop with soul… Live synchronizes it all in real time. This year, 58 international magazines voted Live as the best DJ tool on the market. Details…
- On-the-Spot Sound Design. Perform real-time sonic surgery on your sounds. Draw melodies, rhythms and effects changes onto loops and samples while they play.
- Hands-on Control. Liberate yourself from the mouse. Play your sequencer like an instrument on stage or in the studio.
Ableton Live Suite 9 Features:
- Multitrack recording
- Complete nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
- Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
- Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files, for improvisation and instant remixing
- A comprehensive selection of built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs
- Built-in software instruments: Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, Impulse for sampled drums
- Instrument-, Drum-, Effect Racks for creating and managing complex performance setups, drum kits and multi-effects
- VST and AU effects and instruments support; automatic plug-in delay compensation
- REX file support and native sliced audio file creation
- Video import and export for scoring to picture or warping picture to music
- Real-time control of parameters with any MIDI controller – just MIDI-map it or choose from a list of popular supported controllers for instant mapping
- Full ReWire support
- Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
- Multicore and multiprocessor support
Ableton Live Suite Also includes:
- A selection of loops (box only)
- Essential Instrument Collection 2: a wide range of sampled instruments (box only)
- Printed reference manual in English, French, German or Japanese (box only)
- Built-in interactive lessons
- Localized software menus, tutorials and PDF reference manuals in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10
9.7 Release Notes
Improvements and feature changes:
New Simpler Slicing modes (Beat, Region, Manual) are now available.
As a consequence of the new Simpler features, Live Sets created with this version cannot be opened with previous versions anymore.
The beat time of connected apps in a Link session will be aligned when starting Live’s playback with Tap Tempo or via Looper.
Updated manual, lessons and info text translations.
Live would crash when canceling a freeze action, if this was performed on a previously frozen and flattened Clip.
Live would crash at startup if the preferences were corrupted.
Fixed a crash that could occur when using the ‘x2’, ‘:2’, or “Warp As” controls in Simpler, if there was no sample present.
Fixed a crash which might occur when creating a time selection on Group tracks in Arrangement View.
Live would crash when exporting a MIDI file on Windows.
Live would crash when converting a Simpler to a Drum Rack if certain Control Surfaces were enabled.
When resizing the left edge of a frozen Clip to the left, audio would still begin playback from the Clip’s former start position.
When converting Simpler to Sampler, the Sample Start marker would be visually misplaced.
The signal of send for grouped tracks would be doubled (+6dB), if the track’s output was routed to Master and the respective Return track ‘Pre/Post’ toggle was set to Pre.
When dragging unwarped Clips over the section of a song where the tempo was automated from a low value to a higher one, Clips stored in the clipboard would appear after the dragged Clip.
When running Live as a ReWire slave on a Mac, it would consume 100% of the CPU load after launching Live as a slave for the second time.
Converting an Audio Clip from Looper to MIDI would cause the Clip to assume a grey color.
When resizing a Clip past its limit, the dragged edge would behave erratically when it was not on a grid position or when the grid was disabled with a modifier.
When resizing Live horizontally, the positioning of Max Device windows would not adjust correctly.
When exporting audio from Looper, the resulting Clips would inherit the wrong color.
Live might run into issues when writing files to disk on Windows, if the file path contained non standard unicode characters.
Using 3 APC 40 units in ‘Combination Mode’ would cause LEDs on the APCs to flash erratically.
Some audio clips from the Core Library would open in the wrong tempo.
Changes for Push:
The new Simpler Slicing modes are available on Push 1 and 2.
It is now possible to set the color for Tracks, Clips and Drum Rack pads from Push 2.
It is now possible to adjust the Input and Output routing and the Monitoring state from Push 2. This is accessible via Track Mix Mode, where a dedicated ‘Input & Output’ button is added.
Introduced a third layout for Drum Racks and Simpler’s Slicing mode, which enables triggering the currently selected pad / Slice with 16 pre-defined velocities. This is a Push 2 only feature.
When transport is active, a progress bar on the Push 2 display indicates the playback phase for each of the currently playing Clips.
Added a visual feedback for the count-in on the Push 2 display.
The Push Record button now takes into account Live’s focus on Arrangement and Session View. If the focus is on Arrangement View, the Session Record button will trigger Global Recording, while the Shift + Record button will trigger / stop Session Recording. The logic is reversed when focused on Session View.
Session Record and Arrangement Record are now independent from each other.
By default, Fixed Length now respects the Launch Quantization setting. Its previous behavior can be toggled on via the ‘Phrase Sync’ option in the Fixed Length menu. This works with Push 1 and 2.
Different sensitivities are in place for the Push 2 pad matrix, depending on the function of the pads in the current layout. This is specifically aimed at avoiding inadvertently changing the loop selector while playing Drum Rack pads.
It is now possible to delete the currently selected Clip in Arrangement via Push.
It is now possible to duplicate Clips in Arrangement from Push.
When the focus is set to Arrangement View, ‘New’ is not available on Push anymore.
Improved the matching between pad and display colors on Push 2.
Improved the matching between Live and Push 2 colors.
On Push 2, the color white in Live is translated as yellow, since white is used to indicate selection.
The intensity of the LEDs on in the lower display buttons has been dimmed for Push 2, to create more contrast against the currently selected track.
Improved the performance when moving the Session Ring horizontally with Push.
Minor visual improvement for the ‘Cancel’ button in the ‘Convert’ menu or when entering the browser via ‘Add Track’. Additionally, the ‘Close’ button has been removed from the ‘Scales’ menu. Push 2 only.
On Push 2 display, Simpler’s playhead and loop markers are now the same height as the loop indicator.
Flag markers for Simpler and Audio Clips are now properly outlined on the Push 2 display.
The fade-in and fade-out visuals on Simpler are now represented differently from Loops on Push 2.
Page Left/Right buttons are now available in the Step Sequencer for Simpler in Slice mode.
The Push 2 firmware has been updated to 1.0.60. This version allows to automatically adjusts the LED white balance for units produced in the factory from November 2015. Also, this delivers a new pad algorithm that improves the sensitivity of Push pads when playing with wrist pressure. It also contains a fix for cases where Push 2 buttons might double-trigger, and improves the stability of the MIDI data sent from the Push encoders.
When recording multiple clips at the same time, triggering one clip would cause also the other ones to stop recording.
Live would crash when enabling the Push 2 Control Surface script on some systems. As a result of the fix, some display functions of Push 2 still won’t work. Improved the error logging to find out more about this issue.
The Push 2 display process would not start on Windows, if non-standard unicode characters were contained in the user profile name.
When muting or unmuting a track while in Mix Mode with Push 2, the state color of the track’s meters would only update if its peak level changed.
Pressing Record on Push would stop a Clip if the Clip Launch Mode was set to “Toggle”.
When changing Layout, the Step Sequencer page would reset.
The step sequencers might malfunction when odd time signatures were in use.
When step-sequencing a Clip in Arrangement View, the playhead would not be shown on Push 2.
When a Drum Rack or Instrument Rack was frozen, it was still possible to edit the Chain’s mix parameters.
If the selected Clip was in Arrangement View, Push 2 would not display its content in Clip View.
The Clip length would not be displayed in Clip View, when performing a recording with Fixed Length.
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