Live for Mac

Live for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.9
out of 20 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.1.5
File Size:
671.82MB
Date Added:
September 17, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $449.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
9,608
Downloads Last Week:
34
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Live for Mac stands out as an excellent audio production and recording software that packs all the essential features you'd expect from an application of its kind and comes with a multitude of instruments, sound effects, kits, and loops.

Pros

Arrangement and Session views: These two ways to work with Live for Mac offer noticeable convenience: The Arrangement view for recording and mixing music has the usual look and controls of other music production software, while the Session view is great for playing live music or doing improvisations. Shortcut keys enable you to easily access the different functions available.

Unlimited "undos": You don't have to fear committing mistakes as you edit your tracks since you can endlessly undo wrong moves.

Extensive file support: Common audio formats are supported, including MP3, AIFF, Vorbis, Ogg, WAV, and FLAC. Also, videos can be imported and exported.

Rich audio effects: The standard version of the software has almost all of the audio effects available on the more expensive Suite version, including saturation, filter delay, shifter functions, upward and downward compression and expansion, resonators, and the real-time analysis and visual representation of audio being recorded.

Cons

Heavy install: The installer weighs in at 700MB -- that's dozens of times larger than most other similar apps on the market.

Expensive: This software costs as much as a mid-range smartphone. Overlooking the price isn't easy considering that there are other similar apps that are free, like Apple GarageBand and WavePad.

No lack of space warning: The app stops recording when there's no more storage space on your HDD without any warning.

Bottom Line

With its extensive array of features and good performance, Live for Mac won't disappoint you. If you've used other music production software before, figuring out how to use it shouldn't be difficult. Besides, comprehensive PDF manuals can be downloaded from the application's official Web site.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Live for Mac 9.1.2.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best beatmaking software I've used in a long time!"

    November 28, 2012   |   By Itsjustmenyc

    Version: Live 8.2.1

    Pros

    It's exceptional and affordable

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of!

    Summary

    This product was awesome! I bought for $47.99 off of www.workbycomputer.com. They offered a buy as is or buy at 3.45/month and you get access to all their other licensed products. I recommend this site and if you want any other software looking into all you have to do is send them an e-mail... Only that it takes 24-48 hours to receive a reply but for the savings they offer it's worth the wait... They will look into more software and try to find a cheap way to get it to us THE CUSTOMERS!

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  • 4 stars

    "ffffffffffffffffff"

    June 21, 2009   |   By laesen1

    Version: Live 8.0.4

    Pros

    ffffffffffffffffffffffffff

    Cons

    nothing at all

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  • 5 stars

    "Gets better and better"

    October 02, 2006   |   By Theallseeingeye

    Version: Live 6.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    From a DJ pooint of view, there is good reason why this app is winning all the awards and Version 6 adds the Cherry on the top. Universal Binary and more importantly, multi core and processor support give Live and the DJ even more power to go absolutly bonkers in the creativity department. My girlfriend hates it.

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  • 4 stars

    "The Best Sequencer Arranger Available for Mere..."

    April 16, 2005   |   By Luminous

    Version: Live 4.1.2

    Summary

    ...Mortals!
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Unless you have a professional studio and access to a full version of Pro-Tools with a hundred fully registered plugins, this is the greatest arranger/sequencer there is. It interfaces wonderfully with Reason to get your beats, with Guitar Rig for your wailing solos, with Pro-53 for that retro sound, with Crunch for cheap & dirty overdrive, with Garageband for your loops. It all works. Even on it's own, it has everything you need to get started with Midi and Live Recording, and what is possibly the best interface available for the beginning digital artist (with step by step built-in tutorials to boot). Download the demo. Buy it. Download the full version. You can do it all in a day without leaving the comfort of your home.

    And as for arranging on the fly or DJ-ing. Don't get me started. Because, seriously, I don't do much with that. But if you want to step up from Garageband, you could do a lot worse, and not a lot better than this.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very fine software"

    December 09, 2004

    Version: Live 4.0.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Great features and nice interface

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  • 5 stars

    "The most amazing piece of software"

    October 12, 2004   |   By mochamouse

    Version: Live 4.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    If you are a musician that this is simply the most amazing piece of software running on OS X. Fast, incredibly Powerful. Frequent updates, good support.

    Musmo

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  • 5 stars

    "Wow"

    September 16, 2004   |   By iis

    Version: Live 4.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Nothing more to add. Brilliant!

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  • 5 stars

    "My five stars"

    December 21, 2003   |   By Spushnik

    Version: Live 3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Just wanted to give my five stars to the program that really brings to (electronic) music what the name says: the Live element.

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  • 5 stars

    "groundbreaking"

    November 23, 2003   |   By this guy

    Version: Live 3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The greatest advance in music software in over a decade. Thank you Ableton. Would be worth 3 times the price.

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  • 5 stars

    "Revolutionary"

    October 02, 2003   |   By negativebase--2008

    Version: Live 3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've been working in electronic music for almost 6 years. I was a huge cubase fan and even nuendo. As a composition tool everything starts with live and a dare say it will soon end with live. These guys know their *censored*. In combination with reason I can't think of two better production tools. I'm surprised they don't ask for more money. They have truely changed the face of music and not just electronic music. They have brought electronic music back to the freeform. As fast as you can concieve it it can be done. With live ... I think jazz musicians would turn over in their graves happy to know as fast as you feel it it can be expressed.

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