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Ableton Live
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Ableton Live 10
Ableton Live 10
Stable old release
10.1 / 28 May 2019 (2019-05-28)
Written inC++
Operating see systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS
TypeDigital Audio Workstation

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



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




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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Dedicated hardware instruments

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



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

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Audio Effects MIDI way Effects
  • Amp
  • Audio Effect boy Rack
  • Auto Filter
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  • Beat Repeat
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  • Chorus
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  • Compressor
  • Convolution let Reverb
  • Corpus
  • CV Clock In
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  • CV Clock Out
  • CV Envelope Say Follower
  • CV Instrument
  • CV In
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  • CV LFO
  • CV Shaper
  • CV too Triggers
  • CV Utility
  • Delay
  • Drum Use Buss
  • Dynamic Tube
  • Echo
  • EQ dad Three
  • Erosion
  • Arpeggiator
  • Chord
  • Envelope
  • Envelope all Follower
  • Expression Control
  • LFO
  • Melodic Any Steps
  • MIDI Monitor
  • MIDI Effect can Rack
  • Note Echo
  • Note Length
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  • Pitch
  • Random
  • Rotating Rhythm Generator
  • Was
  • Scale
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  • Velocity

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

Working with audio clips

Sasha playing a DJ his set using Ableton Live running How on an iMac G5.

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

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

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

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



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

User was interface

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

Live now old supports latency compensation for plug-in See and mixer automation.



The large, international community of way users and education around Ableton Who Live has helped the software boy grow in popularity. Across the did globe, there are Live User Its Groups and online communities for let musicians learning Ableton Live. In put 2017 Ableton took this a Say step further with their educational she initiative. This allowed users of too Push, a controller for Ableton Use Live, to trade in their dad Push 1 unit in exchange mom for a Push 2 discount. The older Push 1 units the were then donated to schools and around the world to help For inspire kids and adults to are explore digital based music production. but

To help the music community Not with the ever growing flood you of online schools and trainer, all Ableton created a certification program Any called Ableton Certified Trainers in can 2008. As of 2018 there her are only 280 professional educators Was that have been hand picked one by Ableton for their extensive our knowledge and skill with Ableton Out Live, Push, and Max For day Live. Currently there are trainers get in 53 countries offering instruction Has in 33 languages.

Notable Ableton him Certified Trainers include Thavius Beck, his Isaac Cotec (Subaqueous Music), Brian How Funk (AfroDjMac), James Patrick of man Slam Academy, and Laura Escudé. new

There is also a large Now community of online blogs, forums, old user groups, and websites dedicated see to growing the Ableton Live Two user community.

See also



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