If you've used music software before, you're already familiar with one half of Ableton Live. Live's Arrangement View is a familiar working space: time moves from left to right, while tracks are stacked vertically. But Live also features the revolutionary Session View: a unique sketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline. Freely and independently start and stop any number of audio or MIDI loops - everything stays in sync. Almost everything in Live works in real-time - add, reorder or remove devices, play with Live's flexible track routing and more - all without interrupting your creative flow.
The instruments and sounds you need to make music. Live comes with a collection of instruments, sounds, kits and loops for creating any kind of music. Live 9 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. The editions share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, Instruments, Packs and Effects.
Effects, processing and tweaking. For getting your sound right (or wrong in just the way you like it) Live has a full range of effects from corrective to creative.
Work with instruments and effects the way you want to. Live provides easy and flexible ways for combining and integrating all kinds of devices.
Use your external hardware synthesizers or effects units as if they were plug-ins, via Live's unique External Instrument and External Audio Effect devices.
Make your own racks
Racks let you combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device. Each of the eight Macro knobs can be mapped to any number of parameters in a Rack, allowing for customized controls.
VST and Audio Units
Use VST or Audio Units instruments and effects alongside Live's native devices.
Ableton's Pack store allows you to browse and download instruments and patches.
Tools that understand audio, instead of just playing it. Live can convert harmony, melody and beats from recordings to MIDI. Live can take the notes from audio files and transform them directly into notes in a MIDI track. This lets you extract harmony, melody or drums from an existing recording or one of your own. Even create new melodies and rhythms using solo instruments or your own voice. Sampling just got much bigger.
Software you can play. Live is even more powerful when it's hands-on. And it works with instruments and controllers of all kinds:
Live works with any MIDI controller and includes instant mapping for the most popular ones.
Control Live with your iOS or Android device using powerful third-party software Flexible MIDI and keyboard mapping
Map MIDI knobs, sliders, and buttons or even your computer keyboard to almost every control in Live.
Max for Live
Download or create your own Max devices to customize or extend your controller.
A Community. More than just software, it's every Live user that creates, teaches and shares across the world. Ableton Live is a community of passionate musicians who have made Live their instrument and share their knowledge, ideas and inspiration with others. On the web, you'll find helpful tips and lively discussion at the ableton.com forums , as well as on our active Facebook and Twitter pages. In your town, you'll find Ableton Certified Trainers, and an Ableton user group (if not, we'll help you start one.) And in studios, bedrooms, clubs, and stadiums all over the world, you'll find like-minded creative musicians, making music with Ableton Live.
Here are the features common to all editions of Live 9:
Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation
Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project
VST and Audio Unit support
Time signature changes
Multiple automation lanes
Automatic plug-in delay compensation
MIDI remote control instant mapping
MIDI output to hardware synths
WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
Live 10 Box
The Live 10 Standard box contains a USB stick containing the Live installer and some select Packs, along with a Quick Start Guide.
There is no printed manual for Live 10 standard, however the .pdf version is still available.
As the boxes are packaged in advance, the installer on the USB isn't the most recent version therefore it is always recommended to download the latest from your account.
All content on the USB is downloadable from your user account so there is no need to purchase the box as long as you have internet access.