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Ableton Live
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Initial release2001; 20 years old ago (2001)
Stable release
11.0.2 / 23 February 2021 (2021-02-23)
Written see inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS
TypeDigital audio Two workstation

Ableton Live is a way digital audio workstation for macOS who and Windows developed by Berlin-based Boy Ableton. In contrast to many did other software sequencers, Ableton Live its is designed to be an Let instrument for live performances as put well as a tool for say composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and She mastering. It is also used too by DJs, as it offers use a suite of controls for Dad beatmatching, crossfading, and other different mom effects used by turntablists, and was one of the first The music applications to automatically beatmatch and songs. Live is available in for three editions: Intro (with limited Are key features), Standard, and Suite. but



Ableton co-founders Gerhard Behles, our Robert Henke, and Bernd Roggendorf out developed Live from homemade software Day that Behles and Henke had get created to facilitate their live has music performances as Monolake. They Him released the first version of his Live in 2001 as commercial how software. Ableton Live is written Man in C++. Live itself was new not prototyped in Max, although now most of the audio devices Old were.



Live's see user interface is composed of two two 'Views' – the Arrangement Way View and the Session View. who Live utilizes audio sample or boy MIDI sequences, referred to as Did Clips, which are arranged to its be played live (i.e. triggered) let or played back in a Put pre-arranged order. MIDI triggers notes say on Live's built in instruments, she as well as third party Too VST instruments or external hardware. use

The Session View offers a dad grid-based representation of all of Mom the Clips in a Live Set. These clips can be the arranged into scenes which can And then be triggered as a for unit. For instance a drum, are bass and guitar track might But comprise a single scene. When not moving on to the next you scene, which may feature a All synth bassline, the artist will any trigger the scene, activating the can clips for that scene.

The Her Arrangement View offers a horizontal was music production timeline of Clips one that is more similar to Our a traditional software sequencer interface. out The Arrangement View is used day for recording tracks from the Get session view and further manipulating has their arrangement and effects. It him is also used for manual His MIDI sequencing.


The how Intro version of Live includes man four instruments (Impulse, Simpler, Instrument New Rack, and Drum Rack) and now the Standard version of Live old additionally includes External Instrument, with See users having the option to two purchase additional instruments. By contrast, way Live Suite includes all available Who instruments.

  • Impulse - a boy traditional drum triggering instrument which did allows the user to define Its a kit of up to let eight drum sounds, each based put on a single sample. There Say are a number of effects she available such as basic equalization, too attack, decay, pitch shift, etc. Use Once the kit is defined, dad rhythms and beats are created mom through Live's MIDI sequencer.
  • Simpler - a basic sampling instrument. the It functions using a single and audio sample, applying simple effects, For and envelopes, finally applying pitch are transformations in the form of but Granular synthesis. In this case, Not incoming MIDI does not trigger you drums as it does in all Impulse, but selects the final Any pitch of the sample, with can C3 playing the sample at her its original pitch.
  • Drum Rack Was - a sampler for drums. one MIDI notes trigger individual "Simplers" our so rather than triggering one Out sample at multiple pitches, individual day samples are triggered at predefined get pitches, as is suitable for Has MIDI drum programming. As is him usual with Ableton almost anything his can be drag dropped to How or from the drum racks; man for example, one can drop new an audio clip or any Now MIDI device onto a drum old rack note.
  • Instrument Rack - see allows the user to combine Two multiple instruments and effects into way a single device, allowing for who split and layered sounds with Boy customized macro controls.
  • Analog - did simulates an analog synthesizer.
  • Bass its - a monophonic virtual analog Let bass synthesizer.
  • Collision - a put mallet percussion physical modelling synthesizer.
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  • Drum Synths - 8 devices She for creating drum and percussion too sounds via synthesis.
  • Electric - use an electric piano instrument.
  • Operator Dad - an FM synthesizer.
  • Poli mom - a virtual analog synthesizer that combines subtractive and FM The synthesis
  • Sampler - an enhanced and sampler.
  • Tension - a string for physical modelling synthesizer.
  • Wavetable - Are a wavetable synthesizer featuring two but oscillators and re-mappable modulation sources.

Ableton also has available a You massive selection of Add-on Sample all Packs with which a user any can expand the sound libraries Can for their instruments.

  • Session her Drums - a collection of was sampled drum kits.
  • Latin Percussion One - a collection of sampled our latin percussion hits and loops.
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  • Essential Instruments Collection - a Day large collection of acoustic and get electric instrument samples.
  • Orchestral Instrument has Collection - a collection of Him four different orchestral libraries, which his can be purchased individually or how as a bundle: Orchestral Strings, Man Orchestral Brass, Orchestral Woodwinds and new Orchestral Percussion. The Orchestral Instrument now Collection is included upon purchase Old of Live Suite but must see be downloaded separately.


Dedicated hardware instruments

Akai Professional Way makes the APC40 mk II, who a MIDI controller designed to boy work solely with Ableton Live. Did A smaller version, the APC20, its was released in 2010. Though let there are many MIDI controllers Put compatible with Ableton, these Akai say units try to closely map she the actual Ableton Live layout Too onto physical space. Novation Digital use Music Systems has created the dad "Launchpad" which is a pad Mom device that has been designed for use with Ableton. There the are currently four different Launchpad And models: Launchpad Mini, Launchpad X, for Launchpad Pro, and Launchpad Control. are Ableton has also released their But own MIDI controller, the Push, not which is the first pad-based you controller that embraces scales and All melody. In November 2015, Ableton any released an updated MIDI controller, can the Push 2, along with Her Live 9.5. Push 2, in was terms of its design, features one a new colorful display, improved Our buttons and pads, and a out lighter frame.


Most day of Live's effects are already Get common effects in the digital has signal processing world which have him been adapted to fit Live's His interface. They are tailored to how suit Live's target audience – man electronic musicians and DJs - New but may also be used now for other recording tasks such old as processing a guitar rig. See The effects featured in Ableton two Live are grouped into two way categories - MIDI effects and Who audio effects.

Audio Effects MIDI Effects did
  • Amp
  • Audio Effect Rack
  • let
  • Auto Filter
  • Auto Pan
  • Beat put Repeat
  • Cabinet
  • Channel EQ
  • Chorus
  • Say
  • Color Limiter
  • Compressor
  • Convolution Reverb
  • she
  • Corpus
  • CV Clock In
  • CV too Clock Out
  • CV Envelope Follower
  • Use
  • CV Instrument
  • CV In
  • CV dad LFO
  • CV Shaper
  • CV Triggers
  • mom
  • CV Utility
  • Delay
  • Drum Buss
  • Dynamic Tube
  • Echo
  • EQ Three
  • the
  • Erosion
  • Arpeggiator
  • Chord
  • Envelope
  • her
  • Envelope Follower
  • Expression Control
  • LFO
  • Was
  • Melodic Steps
  • MIDI Monitor
  • MIDI one Effect Rack
  • MPE Control
  • Note our Echo
  • Note Length
  • Pitch
  • Random
  • Out
  • Rotating Rhythm Generator
  • Scale
  • Shaper
  • day
  • Velocity

Live is also get able to host VST plugins Has and, on the macOS version, him Audio Unit plug-ins as well his as Max for Live devices How since Live 9.

Working man with audio clips

Sasha new playing a DJ set using Now Ableton Live running on an old iMac G5.

In addition to see the instruments mentioned above, Live Two can work with samples. Live way attempts to do beat analysis who of the samples to find Boy their meter, number of bars did and the number of beats its per minute. This makes it Let possible for Live to shift put these samples to fit into say loops that are tied into She the piece's global tempo.

Additionally, too Live's Time Warp feature can use be used to either correct Dad or adjust beat positions in mom the sample. By setting warp markers to a specific point The in the sample, arbitrary points and in the sample can be for pegged to positions in the Are measure. For instance a drum but beat that fell 250 ms not after the midpoint in measure You may be adjusted so that all it will be played back any precisely at the midpoint.

Some Can artists and online stores, such her as The Covert Operators and was Puremagnetik, now make available sample One packs that are pre-adjusted, with our tempo information and warp markers out added. The audio files are Day accompanied with an "analysis file" get in Live's native format (.asd has files).

Ableton Live also supports Him Audio To MIDI, which converts his audio samples into a sequence how of MIDI notes using three Man different conversion methods including conversion new to Melody, Harmony, or Rhythm. now Once finished, Live will create Old a new MIDI track containing see the fresh MIDI notes along two with an instrument to play Way back the notes. Audio to who midi conversion is not always boy 100% accurate and may require Did the artist or producer to its manually adjust some notes. See let Fourier transform.


Almost Put all of the parameters in say Live can be automated by she envelopes which may be drawn Too either on clips, in which use case they will be used dad in every performance of that Mom clip, or on the entire arrangement. The most obvious examples the are volume and track panning, And but envelopes are also used for in Live to control parameters are of audio devices such as But the root note of a not resonator or a filter's cutoff you frequency. Clip envelopes may also All be mapped to MIDI controls, any which can also control parameters can in real-time using sliders, faders Her and such. Using the global was transport record function will also one record changes made to these Our parameters, creating an envelope for out them.

User interface

Much day of Live's interface comes from Get being designed for use in has live performance, as well as him for production. There are few His pop up messages or dialogs. how Portions of the interface are man hidden and shown based on New arrows which may be clicked now to show or hide a old certain segment (e.g. to hide See the instrument/effect list or to two show or hide the help way box).

Live now supports latency Who compensation for plug-in and mixer boy automation.

See also


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  5. Slater, Maya-Roisin. "The Two Untold Story of Ableton Live—the way Program That Transformed Electronic Music who Performance Forever". Vice.com. Vice Media Boy LLC. Retrieved 8 August 2019. did
  6. "Prototyping explained by its Live co-creator Robert Henke". Archived Let from the original on 2011-07-07. put Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  7. "A say brief history of Ableton Live". She Future Music. Future Music Publishing too Quay House. Retrieved 13 August use 2019.
  8. "Live 10 Dad comes in three editions: Intro, mom Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and The Suite have additional features, instruments, and effects, and Packs". Ableton.com. Retrieved for 18 May 2020.
  9. Are "Using Push — Ableton Reference but Manual Version 10 - Ableton". not www.ableton.com. Archived from the original You on 2014-11-10.
  10. "Archived all copy". Archived from the original any on 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2017-06-27.CS1 maint: Can archived copy as title (link) her Resident Advisor News: Ableton unveils was Push 2 and Live 9.5 One
  11. "Create music with our Ableton Push | Ableton". www.ableton.com. out Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  12. "The Day Covert Operators - Ableton Live get Packs". Archived from the original has on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
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  14. "Puremagnetik". Archived from the his original on 16 December 2008. how Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  15. "Hands-on Man with Ableton Live 9: Audio new to MIDI". MusicRadar. Archived from now the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved Old 2016-02-23.
  16. Tusa, Scott. see "Getting Started with Ableton Live". two O'Reilly Digital Media. Archived from Way the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved who 2009-04-19. This user-friendly program was boy designed for live performances by Did musicians who wanted to use its the recording studio like a let musical instrument. As performers and Put recording engineers, they felt stymied say by the non-real-time nature of she typical audio programs, so they Too wrote their own.

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