Live


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 14 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0.1
File Size:
78.17MB
Date Added:
July 28, 2005
Price:
Free to try (30-minute trial); $499.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
218,979
Downloads Last Week:
9
Additional Requirements:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' review

Ableton Live is one of several digital audio products that have genuinely transformed the music scene in the past few years. The software is about as close as it's possible to get to a computer-based sequencer that can be played live, like a real instrument. Recording and arranging audio is effortless with its elegantly designed interface, and its Arrange window makes composition just as enjoyable. MIDI composition and editing can be integrated seamlessly into compositions that also use prerecorded audio. Adding effects and manipulating sounds in radical ways, all on the fly, is a snap, and the software supports third-party plug-in technologies including VST. Rewire functionality helps connect it to other sequencing software or applications such as Reason. The package comes with a snazzy software synth called Operator, which takes both visual and sonic inspiration from vintage analog synths. Our only real objection is that, like most pro audio apps, Live's learning curve has become increasingly steep with every release. Even the step-by-step instructions left us scratching our heads at times. But with virtually limitless capabilities, Ableton Live is one of the most captivating music-production packages on the market today.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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