Live for Mac

Live for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.2
  • Total Downloads:
    10,733
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; $449.00 to buy

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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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 9.2

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added the Tuner Device to the Live audio effects.
  • Added a "Start Playback with Tap Tempo" preference to determine if Tap Tempo is going to activate playback.
  • Improved tempo detection for warped audio files where the tempo appears to be constant.
  • Improved warp downbeat detection.
  • The first warp marker (1.1.1) is now placed closer to the beginning of an audio Clip, even if the that portion of audio does not contain loud transients.
  • Improved the sound of Complex and Complex Pro Warp modes.
  • Added the option "Warp Selection as x-Bar Loop" in the context menu when right clicking on a time selection inside an audio clip.
  • Live Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency.
  • The latency introduced by a device is now displayed in the status bar, when hovering over the title bar with the mouse. No latencies are shown when latency compensation is turned off.
  • Automation and Modulation are now fully latency compensated.
  • Modifying the Arrangement loop brace with mouse or keys will not affect the current track selection, while previously all tracks were selected as soon as the braces where adjusted with the mouse.
  • The Serato bridge is now compatible with Live 9.2
  • Scrub and Ram Mode are now exposed in the python API
  • Added support for the Roland A-PRO keyboard series
  • Most presets in "Sounds" and all presets in Operator have been updated to react to Aftertouch and/or Modwheel data.
  • Updated 808 and 909 Kits with better sounding Kicks and Snares.
  • New 606 & 808 Impulse presets have been added to the Core Library.
  • Core Library Audio Clips now load with HiQ enabled and Fade disabled.
  • The preferences setting "Start Transport with Record" has been renamed to "Start Playback with Record"
  • Updated lessons and info texts.
  • Dropped compatibility for Windows XP and Vista, OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

Bugfixes:

  • When switching between Note and Scene mode with the APC20, the pad LEDs would occasionally not update correctly.
  • The Session Ring would not be entirely displayed on screen anymore when navigating through tracks if the Live Set contained folded Group tracks.
  • Fixed a bug in the Axiom Air 25, 49 and 61 Control Surface remote script, where the Send mix mode controlled the available Sends for the currently selected channel, instead of controlling Send A for the first 8 channels.
  • Fixed a bug in the MPK Control Surface remote script, where the Record Arm button had to be pressed twice to be toggled, and Exclusive Arm would not work.
  • Fixed a bug in the Vestax VCM600 Control Surface remote script, where the Punch In and Punch Out controls would work only as momentary toggles.
  • Fixed a bug which caused artefacts in the waveform visualisation when increasing the Gain on low amplitude audio clips.
  • Live would not display bluetooth audio devices in the Input and Output device menu under Preferences-->Audio
  • When controlling a number of mixer or device parameters via Aftertouch, crackles could be noticed in the audio stream.
  • The Live browser "All Results" label would not remember the settings for the optional second column.
  • Fixed a rare crash which might happen on OS X with certain input sources.
  • Fixed a crash which might occur when deleting several Max for Live devices from a Live Set at once.
  • Live would crash when quitting the application while renaming a Groove in the Groove Pool.
  • Peak Levels in External Instrument and External Audio Effect devices would only be updated if these were displayed in Device View.
  • A Live Set might become corrupt when saved after a crash recovery, if the original Live Set had meanwhile been modified by a different Live instance.
  • Notes at the beginning of Clips would not be triggered when rendering or freezing tracks containing Max for Live devices or third party plugins.
  • Remote mappings via a Max for Live device would not work for toggle parameters anymore.
  • The mouse would behave erratically when controlling encoders and faders on OSX, if the Live GUI was zoomed-in either via OS or via the native Live zoom preference setting.
  • Minor adjustments to the translations of Clip context menus.
  • Overdrive would report a wrong latency value, thus would not correctly be compensated.
  • Saturator and Dynamic Tube would report a wrong latency value when operating in High Quality / Oversampling mode, thus would not correctly be compensated.
  • Redux would report a wrong latency value when in Soft mode, thus would not correctly be compensated.
  • Minor GUI bugfixes for high resolution displays.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause graphics glitches and crashes on OSX when using high resolution displays.
  • Fixed a bug where the mouse cursor would stay in stopwatch or beachball mode until the user physically moved the mouse. This would happen after loading devices, live sets, or anything else which would necessitate the use of the stopwatch cursor.
  • Updated the pixel font (used primarily in device LCDs like Operator) for retina displays. Also improved the aspect of envelope curves drawn in the device's LCD displays.
  • Fixed a glitch where the modulated value would become visible as an orange dot while dragging a slider, even if no modulation exists.


Changes for Push:

  • Added 64 Pad Drum Rack mode for Push. The Note button now toggles between the Drum Rack three section layout and the 64 Pad Mode.
  • Improved aftertouch response and added an aftertouch Threshold setting in the Push User Preferences
  • Added Modwheel functionality for the Push Ribbon Controller. Tapping the Ribbon Controller while holding "Select" toggles between Pitch Bend and Modwheel function.
  • Holding "Delete" and tapping an encoder on Push resets the respective parameter to the default setting.
  • Holding "Shift" while turning an encoder on Push changes the respective parameter with finer resolution.
  • Improved buttons readability on Push. The Repeat and Metronome buttons now blink if active.
  • When recording using Repeat on Push, the MIDI notes would be recorded with a negative offset with respect to the grid if the option "Reduced Latency when Monitoring" was on. This caused the very first note in the Clip not to be played back at all.
  • Using "Shift" + "Add Effect" or "Add Track" while in Scales mode would cause the display to show the Note Layout options even after releasing the Shift button.
  • When selecting a Drum Rack Pad set to Multisample mode with Push, pressing "Device In" with Push would automatically select the first device in the Chain list, and it would not be possible to go back to the enclosing Instrument Rack device.
General
Publisher Ableton
Publisher web site http://www.ableton.com
Release Date June 30, 2015
Date Added June 30, 2015
Version 9.2
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 695.76MB
File Name ableton_live_trial_9.2_64.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 10,733
Downloads Last Week 11
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $449

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