Ableton Live 8.2 (No Longer Available)
Digital Audio Workstation Software with MIDI Control, Looper Tool, and Built-in Effects — Mac/PC
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Let This Inventive DAW Inspire New Music!Designed for musicians, Ableton Live 8.2 brings you a unique creative workflow, a host of amazing-sounding virtual instruments, and its most powerful set of performance tools yet bridging the gap between studio and stage. With Ableton Live 8.2, you'll have all the standard digital audio workstation tools you need for professionally recording and editing audio. Yet, you'll also be ready for innovative sound-on-sound looping with the new Looper tool, as well as creative audio and beat warping, and extremely flexible groove-creation and modification. Take the right-brained approach to making music, with Ableton Live 8.2.
While Ableton Live 8.2 certainly offers all of the tools you need to make music in a traditional "linear" way, the gurus at Ableton developed this software suite to allow a uniquely creative approach to song creation. Use Ableton Live 8.2 to piece together song ideas and song structures by dragging around sections and loops in Session View (discussed further below). Or use Live 8.2's Session View to enhance your live performances by assigning out massive MIDI controls, so you can record loops, overdub, perform in a massive synth part, and develop songs, all on the fly. Offering an inspiring workflow for everyone from DJs to solo musicians to top-level groove producers, Ableton Live 8.2 is a complete solution for brainstorming, creating, composing, building, growing, and performing your songs.
Use Ableton Live 8.2's Session View to develop your songs either in the creative environment of your studio or in front of the audience. In this mode, you can quickly lay out each instrument's changes in a song (from up to down instead of left to right). Each part is essentially a loop, and you can trigger different scenes to play different combinations of each part, trying out new song structures or parts just by dragging and dropping. Ableton Live 8.2 appeals to tons of electronic artists just for this feature. You can record audio into Live 8.2, leave it running as a loop, record audio to another loop, and creatively mash solo parts, or play synth parts over the top of everything. For songwriters, Ableton Live 8.2's Session View also offers a unique way to restructure songs and try out different verse/chorus/verse/bridge lengths and transitions, without messing up the audio and MIDI you've recorded and sequenced in your "linear" session. And once you've landed on a structure you like, you can easily record it into your Ableton Live 8.2 regular timeline, just by triggering the transitions.
Nearly every control in Ableton Live 8.2 is MIDI-mappable, so you can pair it with any MIDI controller for a serious amount of flexibility. Use your MIDI controller's knobs and sliders to adjust volumes, panning, effects, or to trigger scenes and virtual instruments. By assigning out your custom settings in Ableton Live 8.2, you can work or perform in any way you want.
Ableton Live 8.2 now includes an intelligent sound-on-sound Looper feature, which you can easily control remotely with a regular footswitch. What makes Live 8.2's Looper so cool is that it will read the tempo from the length of the first loop you record, and it automatically syncs up. This eliminates timing issues and lets you record without the click. Use Live 8.2's Looper to loop endlessly. Multiple Looper sync lets you run as many Loopers as you want, without synchronization headaches. Plus, you can drag and drop a loop from Live 8.2's Looper right into a clip slot in Session View to make a clip. When you want it back in Looper, all you have to do is drag it back over.
If you're into grooving, Ableton Live 8.2 is even more exciting than the previously groundbreaking versions of Live. In addition to a massive Drum Rack for dragging and dropping samples, slicing them, and laying them out onto your MIDI controller, Live 8.2 now offers an enhanced groove engine. You can influence the timing and velocity/volume of audio and MIDI to give life and swing to straight patterns. Use the Live 8.2 groove engine to extract groove patterns from any audio or MIDI source, and you can build your own library of grooves from your favorite tracks, which you can apply to other tracks later. Ableton Live 8.2's groove engine also lets you quantize audio and MIDI in real time or randomize it for a more "human" feel.
Ableton Live 8.2 comes to you with tons of effects for developing your sound and producing it until it's ready to be published on your website or on CD. Along with creative choruses, delays, phasers, and other must-have effects, Live 8.2 is now packed with five new powerful effects, developed with a bit of extra "Ableton shine." The included Vocoder lets you get that famous "singing robot" effect and offers a ton of control for sound design. Beyond that, a new Multiband Dynamics effect lets you visualize what's going on with your audio, so you can process it more effectively. Other new effects in Ableton Live 8.2 include a stompbox-modeling Overdrive effect, the brick-wall Limiter, and the sci-fi-sounding Frequency Shifter.
By far one of the greatest leaps in the development of Ableton Live introduced in version 8.2 is the Bridge. The Bridge lets you integrate Live and Serato Scratch Live (requires Scratch Live 2.1.1 or later; support for ITCH is in the works), giving you complete turntable-style control over your multitrack sessions. Using Ableton Live 8.2 with Scratch is easy. You just drag your Live set to one of Scratch's decks, and you're all set. Now you can can mix, nudge, loop, scratch, and otherwise manipulate your Live set, just like any other track in Scratch Live.
When you activate the Ableton View in Scratch Live, you gain full access to your clips, loops, scenes, instruments, and devices running in Live. You can also use Ableton Live 8.2 to record mixtapes from Scratch Live. Save your Scratch Live set as an .als, and instead of recording an audio file, you'll produce an Ableton Live file complete with loops, regions, and automation data. Now, when you flub that transition near the end of your set, all you have to do is open the file and tweak it until it's perfect.
Ableton Live 8.2 Digital Audio Workstation Features at a Glance:
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Ableton Live 8.2 is your companion for every stage of the musical process!
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Ableton, Greatest DAW of All Time
by eBrown from Atlanta, GAThis is THE top of the food chain for music production. Don't get it twisted thinking that Fruity Loops or FL Studio is just as good or that Pro Tools is the best DAW or that Logic, Studio One, Reason... read more [+], Cubase, or whatever can compare to Ableton. By all means, get what you can afford and there is some affordable and even free stuff out there, with Reaper ($60) probably being the most affordable and then there are the other free and $99 choices that all of these companies offer. But if you are ready to unleash your creativity and produce what only you can hear in your head...get Ableton Live.
August 14, 2012
Music Background: Hip Hop, Sound Design
What do I like the most about Ableton?
The ability to Rack, Drag, and Drop. You can rack anything in this program, you could rack your dog if you could fit it him inside the computer. But what that means is that you could take an instrument or an effect and attach it to anything while mapping the instrument/effect's parameters to nobs and stuff, allowing you maximum tweak ability. And then rename it, save it, and just copy paste or drag and drop anywhere at anytime.
What else do I like?
The ability to play/perform your production. You can play instruments and effects even parts of the song with a nob a key, slider, fader, button, pad, or whatever. All while recording. You don't have to count how many bars before you drop it in the song, just listen and hit a button when you're ready to drop it in...simple.
What else do I like?
I produce hip hop, and if you like chopping up records...Ableton is hands down the best. All you have to do is double click on the parts of the song you like and then hit create drum rack...simple. It creates a Sampler for every sound that you chop...a full featured sampler for every chop in the record...then you can put effects and rack or whatever. Ableton Live, G.O.A.T. DAW hands down. close [-]
Easy to use, but very powerful
by fromWithout any previous experience with any professional DAW's, I was able to sit down with Ableton Live and start making multi-track arrangements within an hour of installation.
January 26, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
The Future of Music
by Arthur Stuckman from Fremont, OhioI am in awe of the Ableton Live 8.2 software!, this is simply the best purchase I may have ever made. I believe if everyone understood exactly what this tool does then it would be an staple in every m... read more [+]usicians arsenal!. This instrument does everything I'd been looking for. I don't think I can say enough praise for Live, I don't understand why I didn't make this choice much sooner?, don't be fooled it is an intense instrument that requires an learning curve and in that process I am simply blown away as I discover more and more about the possibilities this instrument delivers!. Don't think about it just buy it NOW!. close [-]
July 7, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician
Just when I thought Live 6 was incredible
by Kimathi Moore from Asheville, NCAbleton 8 defies almost everything about what I assumed about this program. Unlike 6, 8 is about 30% more effective on the CPU than 6, while being able to handle so much more. This in of itself is hug... read more [+]ely impressive because on a good day the batteries on my mac would only last 30mn using 6, with 8 while using more effects, my mac would last 45 to 1 hour operation time. Hard to believe but it's true. Ableton 8 has much more to offer than ever before, and it works more smoothly than 6, occasional glitches here and there, but in all manner of ways it is a huge upgrade from 6. It sounds better, has a very good limiter, a better compressor (that combines compressor 1 and 2 from the earlier versions), an easier tool like Slice To Midi that allows many users to finally do IDM/EDM music in the way it's meant to be done without having to do all the cut and paste that had to be done in 6 just to come close to doing decent to good IDM music. I definitely am eager to see how it works from video aspect. There are some improvements but I haven't yet gotten my hands wet in that dept. close [-]
September 27, 2009
Music Background: musician, electronic artist
Software that thinks like I do! Ableton Live 8 is music creation software designed for musicians. Start by creating a loop, keep building without stopping the music. Change the loop, add another, create more tracks, add effects, hit record and drop it into a linear sequence. If all this sounds confusing, not to worry. Not only is Live 8 more intuitive than ever before, but it also comes with easy-to-understand instructions and demo projects to help you get started. Ableton Live 8 is an invaluable tool in the studio because it allows you to work naturally, creating and manipulating grooves and riffs on the fly without stopping the music. On stage, Live 8 will take your performance to the next level. Rather than begin confined to linear playback, you can mold your performance to the audience's response. Live 8 is my first tool for music creation and production. Try it and you'll see why!
Mario, Indianapolis, IN
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