About Live

Live is a workflow management platform that allows musicians, composers, producers, artists, creators, designers, and instrumentalists to generate music with multiple effects, sounds, velocity, and electronic musical instruments. The on-premise software enables artists to extract information from audio files, which can be modified and reprocessed with external sounds in MIDI clips.

Live permits designers to alter the timing and tempo of soundtracks in real-time via the warping functionality. The application lets musicians adjust the pitch, velocity, and note length of audios by utilizing the built-in audio and MIDI effects. With Live’s session view capability, instrumentalists can develop, organize, produce, and record tunes in a single attempt. Creators can also manipulate the compositions and cleanup sound mix through precision tools.

Live integrates with SoundSwitch, Playbeat, Reason, Remixvideo, Figure, Riffer, HeavyM, Modulaser, Camelot, Resolume, SuperCollider, VirtualDJ, rekordbox, and more. The solution offers a sound library, which allows composers to add several sound effects in songs.


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4,6/5
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Omar
Omar
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  • Industry: Music
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Ableton Live is worth it.

Reviewed on 2019/06/23

Live is my go to performance tool, when it comes to Djing, looping and liver performance.

It's my...

Live is my go to performance tool, when it comes to Djing, looping and liver performance.

It's my secondary recording tool when I'm looking for inspiration, or a different work space.

Pros

Ableton Live is an amazing and intuitive tool for music creation. Something it does differently than other digital audio workstations on the market is the 'session view.' Creating clips and testing them on the fly feels a lot more like a performance instead of the tedious music creation process of working in a linear view that most other DAWs employ.

Other things that make Live work well for me:
- Easy sidechaining and routing options within the native plugins
- Unlimited input channels for effects and signal processing.
- The ability to route audio and record into another empty audio channel from a channel that has a vst or synth on it.
- Very in depth Dj and performance tool.
- Lives built in effects, synths and samplers are top notch.
- It's among the most popular DAWs on the market, so there's tons of tutorials available all over the web to help you learn Live quickly!

Cons

There are a few complaints I have about Live, as a whole:
- I wish they could set up better sidechaining for third party vst plugins. As it is now, sidechains are easy to set up with Live's native plugins but you need to complete a strange work around for any third party plugins.
- The mixer could have a bit more functionality added to it such as, mixer snapshots so you can A/B mixes, VCA channels, and different panning modes.
- Ableton Live recording could be better. Things like recording lanes and audio comping could improve the workflow.
- Deeper midi would be great too.
- One of the most expensive DAWs on the market.

German Liber
German Liber
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  • Industry: Music
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

One of the masters of music production

Reviewed on 2020/12/31

Live is great. It was my first DAW, and it helped me to start my way on music production/mixing....

Live is great. It was my first DAW, and it helped me to start my way on music production/mixing. The fact that you have a lot of sounds and effects in the software without leaving it is amazing. I worked a lot of times only using Live built-in effects/plugins and synths. I would keep using this software a lot of years, and i look forward to experiencing some new versions.

Pros

Ableton Live is easy to use and the learning curve is really fast. The timeline format really stands as against other DAWs. One of the best things about Live is the extent list of built-in CPU-efficient  plugins and effects, i'ts a fact that you can do an entire album without third party plugins and only using the Live ones. Since the last versions VST2 and VST3 plugins compatibility helps you to run everything on the software, without leaving the Live session not even once. The Max 4 Live environment helps you to maintain on  the experimental side, testing some apps and tools made by other users. 
You are free to use Live however you want, changing the view style between session and arrangement (I used arrangement more, but session is superb for playing live instruments or just DJing/mixing). Overall, Live is one of the masters of music production and deservers all the high praise.

Cons

The tool to replace moved/erased WAVs doesn't work as it should, usually i end up replacing the audio files by myself. Live price is really expensive, i think it is one of the most expensive DAWs out there, you can try the free demo version or use the lite version, but if you want the complete experience you will have to pay a lot. Since Live 10 i experienced some lag and computer freezing while working, the PC specs are really high, so consider this before buying the software, you should have a pretty good build to mix more than 10/15 tracks on a session.

Redley
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  • Industry: Computer Networking
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

Able Live overall review

Reviewed on 2022/11/30

Pros

The management! Most especially with organizing instruments/Vsts/plug-ins is quiet easy to navigate through and even categorize. I like that it can detect new plug-ins as a posed to some other DAWs where it's a hassle to even detect something new. The audio quality and being able to stack many plug-ins is awesome and does fairly decent with my current CPU.

Cons

The piano roll is quiet a pain for beginners. Almost everyone I know gives up after trying so hard to navigate through the piano roll. Also a few good instrumental plug-ins would be nice. The price can be difficult sometimes especially from third world countries like mine. Accessibility to Ableton is almost impossible.

Cristhian Josue
Cristhian Josue
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Ableton live, the ideal daw for your hybrid studio

Reviewed on 2021/08/25

Pros

"Ableton Live" is an industry-standard, Ableton is for both beatmakers and more elaborate bands, Live's ability to allow external hardware leaves you to create very diverse compositions to what its direct competition offers, Live 11 added characteristics that position this daw as a very attractive alternative for both beginners and more advanced users.

Cons

"Live" can be very distinct daw in its category, it looks different, has a distinctive approach, and has a really distinct workflow than most of the alternatives it is normally compared to.

Sometimes it can be intimidating to use this DAW, or just... maybe isn't focused on what you're looking for

Frederic
Frederic
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  • Industry: Music
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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For me the best daw

Reviewed on 2020/06/04

It is just great! been using it for more then a decade now... and do have alot of "Ableton" made...

It is just great! been using it for more then a decade now... and do have alot of "Ableton" made releases already on Beatport, Spotify, and all other streaming and download platforms.

Pros

I like how the interface works so inspiring! Ableton just offers such a great workflow!
I still use it in a linear way, and do not realy make use of the clips. With the "suite" version you get all the instruments & loads of samples. The vst support also works flawless.

Cons

in case of mixing software such as "cubase" is bit more tight. But I do not realy have alot of issues with it.

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Live offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$99,00/one-time
  • Free Trial: Available

Live offers a free trial for 90 days to new users, after which the software is available in 3 pricing tiers: Intro, Standard, and Suite. Pricing of the product starts from $99 per license and scales with each tier, outlined below: Intro: $99 per license Standard: $449 per license Suite: $749 per license

Live has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500

Live supports the following languages:

Spanish

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