Live for Mac

Live for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    9,906
  • Date Added:
    October 29, 2014
  • File Size:
    673.87MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    34
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.1.6
  • Improved graphics for Retina displays. Note that this requires a Mac with OS X 10.7.4 "Lion" or higher.
  • Added native full screen support for Mac OS X. Note that this requires 10.9 Mavericks or higher and having the option "Displays have separate Spaces" enabled in OS X' Mission Control system preferences (this is the system's default). The keyboard shortcut for toggling full-screen mode has been changed accordingly to CTRL+CMD+F, which is the operating system's default. Users with older OS X versions and Windows users are not affected by this change.
  • It's now possible to export selected tracks by choosing 'Selected Tracks Only' in the 'Export Audio / Video' dialogue box. The option 'Individual Tracks' is still available as well, but has been renamed to 'All Individual Tracks'.
  • Improved Max application chooser in Live's 'File Folder' preferences pane to be compatible with the folder structure of Max 7 application bundles.
  • Updated info texts and manuals.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause memory leaks and an unusually high CPU load when running Live as a ReWire slave on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Some chooser controls would clip the right side of an active entry when closed, e.g. the Auto Filter's 'Shape' chooser would cut off the rightmost line of the square or saw icon.
  • Clicking on a certain area at the bottom of a track volume slider in Live's mixer would sometimes cause the slider to move to an unwanted position.
  • Changing the screen resolution while running Live in full-screen mode would not reset Live's window to the correct size and still show the window's title bar. This is now fixed.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when loading Live sets containing a large amount of VST plug-ins and Max for Live devices.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when hovering over an automation breakpoint or segment on the first automation lane of an Arrangement track and then forcing another automation to be shown on the same lane, e.g. by tweaking a different parameter using a MIDI controller.
  • Max for Live devices would not pass an "All Notes Off" message to the subsequent devices in a device chain when the Max for Live device was turned off.
  • VST plug-ins that have a MIDI output would not be able to output a CC 123 MIDI message ("All Notes Off").
  • Max for Live MIDI effect devices would not be correctly latency-compensated when the device was turned off and the device had an additional latency defined in its patcher inspector.
  • The "Session Zoom" feature, which allows to move Live's Session ring by multiple tracks / scenes at once with certain MIDI control surfaces would stop working under certain conditions.
General
Publisher Ableton
Publisher web site http://www.ableton.com
Release Date October 29, 2014
Date Added October 29, 2014
Version 9.1.6
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 673.87MB
File Name ableton_live_trial_9.1.6_32.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,906
Downloads Last Week 34
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $449

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