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.
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.
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.
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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What's new in this version:
- Live would hang during launch when running as a ReWire Slave on Windows.
- Auxiliary audio outputs of certain VST plug-ins would not be delay-compensated anymore.
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