Ableton Live 9 Standard (download)

DAW Software with 3 Software Instruments, 7 MIDI Effects, 31 Audio Effects, and 14 Contact Packs - Mac/PC VST, AU
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Ableton Live 9 Standard (download)
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DAW for Studio and Stage

Record, mix, and create on the fly with Ableton Live 9 Standard. Whether you're an electronic musician or a traditional songwriter, the unique workflow, high-quality recording capabilities, and fully stocked toolbox make Live 9 perfect for any style or type of music production. Musicians at Sweetwater appreciate the creativity of Ableton Live 9's scene-based workflow, which makes your recording and sequencing environment part of the creative process itself. Packed with even more powerful effects, processors, and music-making tools than ever, you're going to enjoy the freedom Ableton Live 9 offers you.

Ableton Live 9 Standard Digital Audio Workstation at a Glance:
  • Create music your way
  • Automation has never been easier
  • Convert your audio to MIDI for amazing flexibility
Create music your way

While Ableton Live 9 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 9 to piece together song ideas and song structures by dragging around sections and loops in Session View. Live 9's Session View will 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 9 is a complete solution for brainstorming, creating, composing, building, growing, and performing your songs.

Automation has never been easier

One thing producers at Sweetwater love about Ableton Live 9 is how easy it is to add automation while you're creating. Add tweaks and changes to your audio with Session View automation in Ableton Live 9. Capture parameter changes on the fly like mixer move and tweaks to sound over time. Live 9 will record knob and fader movements in real-time or you can draw the automation in with your mouse. You can even create curved automation. Ableton Live 9 makes automation easier than ever.

Convert your audio to MIDI for amazing flexibility

Live 9's new audio-to-MIDI converter lets you change any type of audio to MIDI. Record guitar chords and change them to synth parts. Want a quick way to create drum beats? Grab a mic, beatbox the rhythm you want, tell Live 9 to convert the audio to MIDI, and then use bass drum and snare as the new MIDI instruments. Instant drum beat. This innovative and very cool function in Live 9 is only limited by your imagination.

Ableton Live 9 Standard Digital Audio Workstation Features:
  • New in version 9 - Session View automation
  • New - browser puts instruments and effects, samples, Packs and plug-ins in one easy-to-navigate view
  • New - Library includes Instrument Racks
  • New - Analog-modeled Glue Compressor and redesigned studio effects
  • New - Convert audio to MIDI to use with virtual instruments and more
  • Designed from the ground up for the creative studio or performing musician
  • Unique Session View breaks out of "linear" music composition allows for a new, fluid approach to songwriting
  • Nearly every control is MIDI-mappable, for a flexible workflow - onstage or in the studio
  • Intelligent Looper makes it easy to build and record one-man-band songs
  • Tons of tools to develop beats and apply grooves
  • Includes a comprehensive selection of built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors, and EQs
  • Features Elastic Audio, for tweaking the timing of your music as it plays
  • Lets you mix, match, and add effects without ever stopping the music
  • Powerful creative and performing environment for DJs and mash-up artists
  • VST and AU effects and instrument support; automatic plug-in delay compensation
  • REX file support and native sliced audio file creation
  • Video import and export for scoring to picture or warping picture to music
  • Includes built-in step-by-step tutorials
  • Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching tools
  • ReWire support
Create music your way onstage or in the studio, with Ableton Live 9!

Additional Media

Live 9 User Manual

Tech Specs

Software Type DAW
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Format VST, AU
Supported Audio Formats CoreAudio, ASIO
Hardware Requirements - Mac Multi-core Processor, 4GB RAM or more, 12GB Free Disk Space
Hardware Requirements - PC Multi-core Processor, 4GB RAM or more, 12GB Free Disk Space
OS Requirements - Mac Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number 86977

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 3 reviews
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5/5

Get it. Now.

If you are comparing this to something else and can't decide what to buy, you want to buy this one. The Session view is a game changer and the workflow is built to keep you creative and productive. No more getting stuck in loops or grooves with no song to show for it. The instruments and effects that it comes with are more than enough to get started immediately. Everytime I read the manual I find some other new cool way to push my creativity. Incredible application. Totally addicted.
Music background: Hobbiest
5/5

Backing Tracks for Praise and Worship

Easy to use. The learning curve is way to easy. Use on stage and in practice with Multi-Tracks.
Music background: Recording Engineer SVCC Studio. FOH
4/5

Getting There

I am learning it so far. There is so much to learn and the learning curve is kinda steep. I also happen to be one of those people who doesn't learn well watching YouTube videos. So even though there are a TON of them out there, they don't help me as much as I would like. I'm slowly beginning to grasp the power of the program and it's really cool. It works well with Multitracks, which is something that I use in my job at church a lot. I'm sure that as I get more familiar with it I'm going to love it more.
Music background: Worship Pastor
See also: Recording Software, Ableton, Ableton DAW Software