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Ableton Suite 8.2 Reviews

4.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • Kyle
    from United States March 8, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician


    Ableton Live 8.2 is really something special. I was up and make music in almost no time at all. It just works.

  • Customer
    from January 14, 2012


    so much to learn

  • Cale McCollough
    from Eugene, OR January 14, 2012Music Background:
    audio engineering, music technology engineer, computer programming, producer.

    Live ROCKS! The Suite is a big dissapointment

    I've owned Live since v6 and I love it. Its my primary sequencer. I've owned the Suite now for a few years. I bought Live 7 Suite because the sound demos sounded good and wanted a good synth set with drums. The sounds are awesome, but unfortunately the interface and feature set of Abeton's instruments are horrible. I'm usually really liberal with my ratings and give products good reviews, but I can't let you buy this without knowing why you shouldn't. Its so bad that I never even use it. I only gave it 1 1/2 stars because it sounds good, but I don't use and wasted a lot of money on it so I can't give it more then that.
    First off, you can't set up MIDI templates with their synths. You can do global MIDI mapping in Live but it only maps to the one instance of the plug in and not to the selected current selected instance. You have to re-map all of the controls each time (or not because too much of a hassle).
    Second, you have to drag and drop sounds or double click them and it takes a second to load because it has to reload the plug-in. Most instruments have a next and prev button and when you change patches, it doesn't have to reload the VST/AU plugin. This is REALLY important. It will slow you down a LOT!
    Third, they stuck the instruments in a HUGE list will all of the effects. Its WAY too cluttered! The instruments should have had their own separate page (you know you you can switch between the effects and VSTs... that's nice. Stick with it.) Its just too slow to browse through instruments/patches and apply effects.
    Fourth, the Suite costs too much and it is not compatible with other sequences. If your going to drop money on some instruments, you better be able to use them in a difference sequencer AND Pro Tools.
    Over all, I majorly regret spending the hundreds of dollars I did on it. I made one track with it and went back to my fall back synth, Rob Papen's Predator. That synth is AWESOME for MIDI mapping and it sounds great! Do yourself a favor and take the plunge on Native Instruments Komplete. You'll never regret it.

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