Decide on the tempo after a recording session.
Bend sampled grooves. Correct timing problems in your recordings.
Create new sounds by restructuring existing sounds. Time-align tracks
for remixes. Fit the music to film cues. Add emotion with tempo
Live will do it all in real-time with superior sound quality. This
power is delivered by ableton's Time-Warping Engine, which allows
you to manipulate and adjust the timing and pitch of your audio
with complete flexibility and fidelity.
No matter what you do and how you work, Live is likely to become
your favorite problem solving tool, as well as a never-ending source
Every detail in Live has been carefully designed
to provide you with intuitive, simple and fast access. The result
not only looks good, it feels good as well. Live's single window,
clutter-free surface with integrated file and effects browsers,
makes creating music a joyful experience, especially in critical
situations-- whether in the studio or on stage.
Make your project as complex as you want it, Live remains straightforward.
Here is the simplicity and expressive power you can expect from
a good instrument.
A Little Song I Wrote...
Live lets you easily construct music by dragging
samples from the built-in browser into a timeline. Thanks to the
Time-Warping Engine you do not have to worry about their original
tempo or key.
Pre-Listen to samples in sync with your song before actually putting
them in, apply tempo changes and manipulate the key of your samples
any time you like.
Stereo and mono samples with different sample rates and bit depths
happily coexist in a project without conversions. Live provides
all the tools you need for editing your audio, as well as the possibility
to render the result of your work to disk.
...With My Instrument
Live is not only a full-featured audio sequencer;
it allows for a previously unimaginable real-time approach to composition
and improvisation. Launch loops, phrases, or complete songs in real-time,
and have Live’s Time-Warping Engine keep it all in sync.
In the studio, real-time song arrangement provides music and score
producers with an abundance of creative possibilities, while saving
them a lot of time. Sketch out a rough layout of samples and jam
with them to get ideas. Let the music evolve. Live will log your
actions for further in-depth editing. Live’s ability to create
music on the fly, without being bound to a fixed timeline or tempo,
has already revolutionized the way musicians use computers on stage.
Along with features like tempo-tapping, these possibilities transform
the computer into a musical instrument that actually works in a
band context. DJs are raving about Live because it lets them combine
music of any style at the press of a button. There is better creative
use for your time than pitching disks into sync. Be a DJ, a live
act, a remixer or morph between all.
Live offers traditional multi-track hard disk
recording with the familiar monitoring, recording and punch-in/out
controls. This is where the tradition ends. Live's Time-Warping
Engine transforms your recordings into elastic matter: you can tap
to define the tempo for a take, slow down to record a difficult
part, speed it up after the fact, combine this take with a slower
take from yesterday's session, and so on. In a jamming situation,
Live's instant recording capabilities allow you to capture loops
on the fly and go directly from recording into loop playback, without
interrupting the flow. Create beat-matched loops directly out of
Reason or any other ReWire Slave program, or resample Live's own
Live's acclaimed selection of effect devices
range from standard studio tools like a Paramtertric EQ, Chorus
or Compressor to more exotic things like the stunning "Grain
Delay", a vinyl distortion simulator or analog synth filter
emulation. You can extend the range of possibilities by incorporating
VST plug-ins as well. Effects are inserted, chained, and reordered
by drag-and-drop, without interrupting the music. All Live Effects
and VST plug-ins can be fully automated and remote controlled via
Keyboard & MIDI control
You might be asking how can I play an instrument
with the mouse? You don't need to. Almost all of Live's functions
can be arbitrarily assigned to computer keys, MIDI notes and MIDI
controllers: launching of sound files, transport functions, the
tempo (and the Tap button), mixer and effect controls. With Live
on a laptop and a MIDI keyboard or fader box, you are the state
of the art one-man band. You are in complete control.
Integrate Live into your workflow
Ableton Live is a friendly companion in every
environment. Live runs on the Macintosh and PC platforms, follows
MIDI sync signals from your hardware sequencer, connects to Pro
Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Sonar, Reason,
MAX/MSP or any other ReWire compatible application.
From Musicians for Musicians
Live is the result of musicians joining with
developers to fulfill their dream. We had been running into walls
with the existing solutions, be it hardware or software, and decided
to create our own. Live provides you with powerful features, great
flexibility and a smart interface. To this day, every detail of
what we offer has been painstakingly scrutinized and heavily tested
and approved under real-world conditions, on stage and in the studio.
The ableton dream has become a reality not only for us, but for
many other musicians as well.