|Description||State of the art DAW with Live capabilities|
|Requirements||Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 Multicore processor 2 GB RAM|
|Summary||Fully functioned recording studio geared toward Live performance|
Ableton Live is an unusual one! It is a fully functioned recording studio geared toward live performance. Think of it as a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ software sequencer. We liked Ableton Live but easy to use wasn’t something that could be said about it. That said if your bag is loops, virtual instruments and amazing real-time fiddling of parameters then it is certainly worth having a look at.
- Ableton live Session View
- Multitrack recording (16 Tracks)
- MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
- Unlimited Audio effects, Instruments and MIDI effects
- VST effect and Audio Unit supported
- MIDI remote control mapping
- Non-destructive editing with unlimited undo
- Automation lanes
- Warping and real-time time-stretching
- Plug-in delay compensation
- ReWire support
- AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3 file support
Ableton also runs on Macs and the Interface feels like a Mac application. It isn’t that close to GarageBand in terms of design, but there are some really ingenious additions like Session View which could easily be adopted by GarageBand in future versions.
We really like Ableton Live, it is a state of the art DAW with built in Live Performance functionality making it an Instrument in itself. While not a true GarageBand for Windows, it is worth serious consideration for anyone aspiring to play Electronic music live.
Ableton Live 9 is available in 3 versions (Intro, Standard and Suite) see here for a detailed comparison:
Albleton Live 9 Feature Comparison