Ableton Live 9 Suite - Academic Version (download)

DAW Software with 10 Software Instruments, 7 MIDI Effects, 34 Audio Effects, 25 Contact Packs, Max for Live, and 13 Max for Live Devices - Mac/PC VST, AU
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NOTE: This is an opportunity for the students and teachers of approved educational facilities to purchase Ableton Live 9 Suite for a special reduced price. You must be able to provide proof of eligibility to qualify for this offer. Please call your Sales Engineer for more information.

Simply put, the Ableton Live 9 Suite is the best and most complete version of Live ever conceived. Whether you've been using Live for years or you're looking for a new way to create and perform music, Live 9 is the way to go. Its flexible loop/riff-based Session View lets you write music in pieces and freely arrange your songs on the fly. But Live 9 Suite is far more than a DAW; it's a complete system, loaded with amazing virtual instruments, killer effects, phenomenal processors, and tons and tons of content to play with. Live 9 Suite even includes Max for Live, so you can create your own plug-ins. How cool is that!? Get your copy of Ableton Live 9 Suite from Sweetwater today!

Ableton Live 9 Suite Digital Audio Workstation at a Glance:

  • Create music your way

  • All the content you need to turbocharge your creativity
  • Make your own effects and instruments with Max for Live
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.

All the content you need to turbocharge your creativity

Holy cats! When you look at all of the amazing content Ableton packed into the Live 9 Suite, you're going to freak! For starters, there's the collection of 10 awesome virtual instruments, which covers analog synthesis, sampling, drums, physical modeling, you name it! But that's just a drop in the bucket next to the awesome effects collection you get with Live 9 Suite. We're talking about 34 killer effects, complete with guitar amp and cab modeling and other goodies. Last but not least, there's the roughly 12.5 metric tons of content you get spanning 25 expansion packs, dozens of genres, and countless samples.

Make your own effects and instruments with Max for Live

If you can't find the sound you're looking for somewhere in Ableton Live 9 Suite's massive sound library, then you're probably not looking hard enough. Otherwise, you've got some pretty zany ideas, in which case, cool! You're going to love diving into Max for Live. Max for Live is like a programming language, but instead of lines of code, you use virtual boxes, gizmos, and cables to turn your ideas into original instruments and effects, right inside Ableton Live 9! And to get you rolling smoothly with Max for Live, Live 9 Suite even includes a collection of 13 excellent Max Devices that will make building more complex modules much less difficult.

Ableton Live 9 Suite Digital Audio Workstation Features:

  • A unique DAW designed from the ground up for the creative studio or performing musician

  • The most complete version of Ableton Live to date packed with amazing instruments, effects, processors, and other groundbreaking content
  • Comes with 34 studio-quality effects, including the Amp classic guitar amp simulator, the Cabinet guitar cabinet emulator, and the Corpus acoustic resonance modeler
  • 10 powerhouse virtual instruments include Analog, Collision, Electric, Operator, Sampler, Tension, and more
  • Bundled with a complete version of Cycling 74's Max for Live programming platform, so you can make your own instruments and effects
  • 13 included Max for Live devices make creating your own tools fun and easy
  • VST and Audio Unit support let you use all of your favorite plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • Bundled with 25 amazing content-filled sound expansion packs
  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192kHz
  • Unlimited tracks and scenes let you freely create your sets
  • Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo lets you freely create
  • Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Advanced warping and real-time, time-stretching tools
  • Unlimited instruments, audio effects, and MIDI effects per project
  • Includes 7 powerful MIDI effects, such as a flexible arpeggiator and a chord generator
  • Group tracks for better organization and simpler automation
  • Time signature changes allow you greater flexibility when scoring to video
  • Multiple automation lanes make setting up intensely dynamic mixes easy
  • Track Freeze lets you free up your computer's resources without stripping down your mix
  • Automatic plug-in delay compensation minimizes phase issues and tightens up your mix
  • Instantly map MIDI control to nearly any parameter for a fully customized control environment
  • MIDI output and MIDI clock/sync let you create deeply complex rigs combining hardware and software seamlessly
  • ReWire support provides easy integration with Propellorhead's Reason and other software
  • Multicore/multiprocessor support
  • WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
Create, perform, and explore your music with Ableton Live 9 Suite!

Tech Specs

Software Type DAW
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Academic Version Yes
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Format VST, AU
Supported Audio Formats CoreAudio, ASIO
Hardware Requirements - Mac Multi-core Processor, 2GB RAM, 1024x768 Display, DVD Drive/Broadband Internet Connection, 55GB Disk Space
Hardware Requirements - PC Multi-core Processor, 2GB RAM, 1024x768 Display, DVD Drive/Broadband Internet Connection, 55GB Disk Space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5-10.9
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
Manufacturer Part Number 86976

Customer Reviews

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Ableton live 9 suite is sweet

I am writing this review because I am surprised as to how much i enjoy making music in this daw. I came from logic pro x and I don't think I will go back. However, Logic pro x is great and all, but its just not me. I feel like its more for an older mature/techie type of music maker. Im more of a young experimenter and an everywhere/creative type of music maker. i don't know if that makes any sense. but ableton suites me (no pun intended) (okay maybe there is) anyway, I've been looking for a daw that can do it all. plus i also use it with machine mk2 and all you have to do is setup the template and machine will control ableton. but yeah, i can do it all, and it has a new feature where you can link up with other ableton users and have a jam session. you can also use it with novation launch apps. So yeah, one thing I don't do in ableton is mix and master. I have pro tools for that. you can still do it but its on preference. I also like the simple interface, you can change the skins of you like, just by looking at ableton its intimidating but don't give up there, you will be happy you took the time to understand it. I'm still learning. but overtime i learn something new in ableton , i fall in love all over again. So, if you're like me; young, fun, creative, and a risk taker, take a chance on ableton suite, theres a good amount of sounds/ instruments/effects/ sound packs that ableton comes with. and i am quite impressed.
Music background: music producer

A Sonic Playground

I have worked in Logic software and Pro Tools for years. Only recently did I start exploring Ableton Live. As a songwriter, and pop/electronic producer the unique functionality of Live provides so many great resources. Great sounds, loops, and fun effects like a vocoder. Unlike any other vocoder in any other DAW that I've seen, this one allows you to use ANY virtual synth in your collection (or native to Live). Live provides functionality similar to other production software in its arrangement view, then in the clips view .... that's where you can approach songwriting/arranging in a quick and flexible way. Great for live performance, great for production. You can download the software and try it free for 30 days, before you buy. I did, and then I purchased it from Sweetwater. Why be a creative consumer with Netflix and an XBox, when you can be a creative contributor. It's good for your soul. Ableton provides a virtual sonic playground, that you can explore, get pleasantly lost in, lose track of time, forget to eat, even perhaps shed unwanted pounds.
Music background: Producer, Songwriter, Music Technology Educator.

ableton live 9

i love ableton i use it for hip hop production which I'm relatively new at but I'm really getting the hang of it.a
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