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Editors' Review

by   / November 08, 2008

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.0.1

This latest version has improved features and effects.

General

Publisher Ableton AG
Publisher web site http://www.ableton.com
Release Date July 28, 2005
Date Added July 28, 2005
Version 7.0.1

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Download Information

File Size 78.17MB
File Name ableton_live_demo_701_en.zip

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Total Downloads 234,654
Downloads Last Week 102

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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-minute trial
Price $499
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