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Ableton Live 7 - Windows / Mac

by Ableton
Windows XP Professional, Mac OS X
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192kHz
  • Complete nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files, for improvisation and instant remixing
  • A comprehensive selection of built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP Professional, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B001268SFU
  • Item model number: Version 6
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 26, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,152 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Ableton Live 7 is your companion during every stage of the musical process, from creation to production to performance. Live offers two main views that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. The unique Session View acts as a powerful musical sketch and launch pad, allowing you to try out new ideas easily and improvise freely, The Arrangement View offers a timeline-based approach for traditional multitrack recording, MIDI sequencing and other music production tasks. You can even improvise in the Session View, and all of your actions will be recorded into the Arrangement View, where they can be edited whenever you like. Other features include:
Built-in software instruments - Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, Impulse for sampled drums Instrument-, Drum-, Effect Racks for creating and managing complex performance setups, drum kits and multi-effects VST and AU effects and instruments support; automatic plug-in delay compensation REX file support and native sliced audio file creation Video import and export for scoring to picture or warping picture to music Real-time control of parameters with any MIDI controller just MIDI-map it or choose from a list of popular supported controllers for instant mapping Full ReWire support Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation Multicore and multiprocessor support

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best software I've ever used August 12, 2008
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I'll apologize in advance for the very lengthy review, but I want to cover all the points that made this program worth the rather hefty cost for me, an amateur music producer.

Music production is only a hobby for me, but as a professional programmer with 22 years experience I feel confident in saying this is one of the most useful, stable pieces of software ever written. Even the Windows version has an Apple Mac-like ease of use, with all the menus and controls logically laid out in a "show me just what I need but make it easy to dig deeper if I wanna" manner.

The different time stretching modes have handled loops from my library that have choked demos of competing products. Ditto for the handling of my favorite soft synths (Cakewalk Rapture and Z3ta) and some legacy MIDI hardware that brought Acid Pro to its knees. My favorite feature is the ability to place what Ableton calls "devices" -- tools like reverb, parametric EQ, panning -- into "chains" that can be saved and recalled and applied to future projects. I've built several "Trance effect" chains for my fave style of music and it saves me hours of trying to recreate a sound I liked earlier.

In the age of shoddy Microsoft operating systems, it's a sad fact that a major feature in any product is that it doesn't constantly lock up the software or the entire computer, but so be it. I've owned Ableton Live for 6 months now and I use it extensively -- it has crashed only 2 times in that time period.

Weak points: Ableton advertises the single-window interface as a feature, but that is a hugely flawed interpretation. Anyone using dual monitors will be staring at one empty screen when running Live. An example of why this is so bad can be seen with the new Spectrum Analyzer device.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of software... April 23, 2008
I use Live for pretty much all my mixes now. I purchased the software during version 4 but was still using my master sequencer, Digital Performer, mostly. The more I got to know Live, the more I used it. I create electronic music as well as a more traditional rock style, with guitars, drums, vocals, etc. I have continued to purchase upgrades since then, and now I'm on to version 7. I have not continued to purchase upgrades on my other software. Ableton Live is now my sequencer of choice. Improved audio fidelity, drum racks, better compression with side-chaining, a great browser and not to forget it's premium time stretching & looping capabilites--all of these things make Ableton Live not just another tool in the toolbox...it is the toolbox!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice software and shipping was fast June 17, 2009
I've been using Ableton for about 4 years now...

Its definelly my first choice for a sequencing software!
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