Create, produce and perform. Create ideas, make changes without stopping, and capture everything as you work.

If you’ve used music software before, you’re already familiar with one half of Ableton Live. Live’s Arrangement View is a familiar working space: time moves from left to right, while tracks are stacked vertically.

But Live also features the revolutionary Session View: a unique sketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline. Freely and independently start and stop any number of audio or MIDI loops - everything stays in sync. Almost everything in Live works in real-time - add, reorder or remove devices, play with Live’s flexible track routing and more - all without interrupting your creative flow.

Session View
Arrangement View

The instruments and sounds you need to make music. Live comes with a collection of instruments, sounds, kits and loops for creating any kind of music.

  • 5 Synths and 3 Samplers

    Live’s raw devices are the foundation of sound design in Live, including FM and physical modelling synthesis as well as sampling.
  • 390 Drum kits

    Classic analogue drum machines, one-shot samples and multi-sampled acoustic drum kits.
  • 25 Packs

    Over 3000 Sounds including vintage synthesisers, acoustic instruments and cutting-edge combinations of sampling, effects and synthesis.
  • 4000 Loops

    Audio and MIDI patterns, ready to use in your own productions, covering everything from 60s Soul and Hip Hop to electronica.

Live 9 Suite comes with the full collection of instruments and sounds. See what’s included with Standard and Intro.

See Live’s instruments and sounds in action.

  • Operator – a versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Sampler – sampling instrument with multisample playback and import as well as profound sound design options.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Analog – emulates the unique character of vintage analog synthesizers.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Collision – physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet percussion sounds and creative percussion.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Tension – physical modeling string synthesizer.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Electric – the sounds of classic electric pianos.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Drum Rack – an instrument for layering samples, synths and effects in a classic 16-pad grid.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Simpler – an easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parameters.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Impulse – a drum sampler with complex modulation capabilities.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • External Instrument – integrate your external hardware synthesizers into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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Effects, processing and tweaking. For getting your sound right (or wrong in just the way you like it) Live has a full range of effects from corrective to creative.

  • 34 Audio Effects

    Live comes with a wide selection of audio processors, from the classic to the unique
  • 7 MIDI Effects

    Devices to rearrange, constrain or randomize MIDI notes for creating endless variations

Live 9 Suite comes with the full collection of audio and MIDI effects. See what’s included with Standard and Intro.

See Live’s audio and MIDI effects in action

  • Amp – emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Cabinet – emulates the sound and character of five classic guitar cabinets.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Corpus – simulates the acoustic characteristics of seven types of resonant objects.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Glue – analog-modeled compressor based on the classic bus compressor from a famous 80s mixing console.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Vocoder – classic "talking synthesizer" and robotic voice effects
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • EQ Eight – eight parametric filters with a variety of controls for shaping timbre.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Dynamic Tube – tube saturation for added harmonics and warmth.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • External Audio Effect – a tool for integrating your external hardware effects into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Filter Delay – three delay lines with independent filtering, feedback, stereo position, and more.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Frequency Shifter – classic frequency shifting and ring modulation for effects ranging from subtle phasing to dissonant, metallic sounds.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Multiband Dynamics – upward and downward compression and expansion of up to three frequency bands.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Overdrive – distortion effect based on classic guitar pedals.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Resonators – five parallel tunable resonators that apply a tonal character to incoming audio.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Spectrum – realtime analysis and visualization of incoming audio.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Vinyl Distortion – emulates the noise and distortion of vinyl records.
    Included in Suite and Standard.
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  • Auto Filter – classic analog filter emulation with an envelope follower and LFO.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Beat Repeat – creative beat mangling with controlled or randomized repetitions of an incoming signal.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Chorus – create thickening or flanging effects with two parallel modulated delays.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Compressor – dynamics processing to add punch and loudness.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • EQ Three – three-band EQ with kill switches, modeled on classic DJ mixers.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Erosion – adds "digital"-sounding artifacts and noise to audio signals
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Redux – bit- and sample-rate reduction for classic lo-fi sounds.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Reverb – simulates the acoustics of real or imaginary rooms.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Simple Delay – two independent delay lines with feedback and tempo-sync.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Utility – multipurpose tool for adjusting gain, phase, stereo width and more.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Auto Pan – LFO-driven panning, tremolo and beat-synchronized chopping effects.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Flanger – classic tape phasing sound caused by time-modulated delays.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Gate – dynamics processing for noise reduction and decay or reverb shaping.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Grain Delay – granular delay with controlled or randomized pitch.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Limiter – sets an absolute output limit, suitable for mastering.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Looper – records, loops and overdubs audio, based on classic hardware looping pedals.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Phaser – sweeping effects created by notches in the frequency spectrum.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Ping Pong Delay – filtered delay that jumps between the left and right outputs.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Saturator – waveshaping distortion for adding dirt, punch and warmth.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Arpeggiator – takes individual notes from a held chord and plays them as a rhythmical pattern.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Chord – adds up to six additional pitches to incoming MIDI notes to create chords.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Note Length – alters the length of incoming MIDI notes or triggers notes via Note Off.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Pitch – transposes MIDI notes by a specified amount.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Random – applies chance-based random transposition to MIDI notes.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Scale – remaps incoming MIDI notes to different outgoing MIDI notes.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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  • Velocity – alters, randomizes or compresses MIDI note velocity.
    Included in Suite, Standard and Intro.
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Work with instruments and effects the way you want to. Live provides easy and flexible ways for combining and integrating all kinds of devices.

  • External hardware

    Use your external hardware synthesizers or effects units as if they were plug-ins, via Live’s unique External Instrument and External Audio Effect devices.
  • Make your own racks

    Racks let you combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device. Each of the eight Macro knobs can be mapped to any number of parameters in a Rack, allowing for customized controls.
  • VST and Audio Units

    Use VST or Audio Units instruments and effects alongside Live’s native devices.
  • More online

    Ableton’s Pack store allows you to browse and download instruments and patches.
Customizable macro controls in an Instrument Rack
Use the rhythm from a sampled break with new sounds
Capture guitar chords and use them with a synth
Beatbox your drum loop
Record any instrument to create melodies

Tools that understand audio, instead of just playing it. Live can convert harmony, melody and beats from recordings to MIDI.

Live can take the notes from audio files and transform them directly into notes in a MIDI track. This lets you extract harmony, melody or drums from an existing recording or one of your own. Even create new melodies and rhythms using solo instruments or your own voice. Sampling just got much bigger.

Software you can play. Live is even more powerful when it’s hands-on. And it works with instruments and controllers of all kinds:

  • MIDI controllers

    Live works with any MIDI controller and includes instant mapping for the most popular ones.
  • Multi-touch

    Control Live with your iOS or Android device using powerful third-party software
  • Flexible MIDI and keyboard mapping

    Map MIDI knobs, sliders, and buttons or even your computer keyboard to almost every control in Live.
  • Max for Live

    Download or create your own Max devices to customize or extend your controller.
See how Live works with hardware controllers

Push. An instrument for song creation that fits in your backpack with your laptop.

Push is designed to help you make songs from scratch. With the Push hardware you get all of the fundamental elements of music making - melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure - at your fingertips. Because it’s powered by Live you still get all the advantages of software when it comes to editing, mixing, mastering and exporting your finished track.

Learn more about Push

Whatever you want it to be. Get a wealth of new devices, and the ability to make your own, with Max for Live - now included in Suite.

Max for Live, based on Cycling 74's Max 6, is included with Live 9 Suite. Max for Live is an ever-growing collection of inspiring synths, effects and customizations to Live itself, as well as a toolkit for building your own. Live 9 Suite also comes with a collection of our favorite devices from Max for Live’s lively community of artists and creators.

More Max for Live devices are available from our Pack store

  • Schwarzonator II
    by Henrik Schwarz
  • Granulator
    by Robert Henke
  • Kasio-M4L
    by Oli Larkin
  • Kapture
    by Richie Hawtin & Liine
  • Classic Synth
    by Katsuhiro Chiba

A Community. More than just software, it’s every Live user that creates, teaches and shares across the world.

Ableton Live is a community of passionate musicians who have made Live their instrument and share their knowledge, ideas and inspiration with others.

On the web, you’ll find helpful tips and lively discussion at the ableton.com forums , as well as on our active Facebook and Twitter pages. In your town, you’ll find Ableton Certified Trainers, and an Ableton user group (if not, we’ll help you start one.)

And in studios, bedrooms, clubs, and stadiums all over the world, you’ll find like-minded creative musicians, making music with Ableton Live.

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Live 9 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. The editions share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, Instruments, Packs and Effects.

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Live 9 Intro

essentials at a great price

  • Limited feature set
    Live Intro supports up to 16 tracks and 8 scenes, with some other feature limitations.
  • 700+ Sounds (4GB)
  • 3 Instruments
    Drum Rack, Impulse, Simpler
  • 26 Effects
    Arpeggiator, Auto Filter, Auto Pan, Beat Repeat, Chord, Chorus, Compressor, EQ Three, Erosion, Flanger, Gate, Grain Delay, Limiter, Looper, Note Length, Phaser, Ping Pong Delay, Pitch, Random, Redux, Reverb, Saturator, Scale, Simple, Delay, Utility, Velocity

USD 99

Live 9 Suite

complete integrated studio

  • All features
  • 3000+ Sounds (54GB)
    Including Session Drums, Drum Machines, Retrosynths, the Orchestral Instruments collection and more.
  • 9 Instruments
    + Analog, Collision, Electric, Operator, Sampler, Tension

    Drum Rack, Impulse, Simpler

    Also includes External Instrument device

  • 40 Effects
    + Amp, Cabinet, Corpus

    Arpeggiator, Auto Filter, Auto Pan, Beat Repeat, Chord, Chorus, Compressor, Corpus, Dynamic Tube, EQ Eight, EQ Three, Erosion, External Audio Effect, Filter Delay, Flanger, Frequency Shifter, Gate, Glue, Grain Delay, Limiter, Looper, Multi-band Dynamics, Note Length, Overdrive, Phaser, Ping Pong Delay, Pitch, Random, Redux, Resonators, Reverb, Saturator, Scale, Simple Delay, Spectrum, Utility, Velocity, Vinyl Distortion, Vocoder

  • Max for Live
    Limitless possibilities for creating devices and customizing Live

    Comes with Convolution Reverb, Convolution Reverb Pro, Mono Sequencer, Buffer Shuffler 2, Drum Synth (13 devices), LFO, Envelope Follower, XY Pad, Multimap, Device Randomizer, Control Device MIDI, Envelope MIDI, LFO MIDI

USD 749

Live 9 Standard

full features plus extras

  • All features
  • 1100+ Sounds (11GB)
  • 3 Instruments
    Drum Rack, Impulse and Simpler

    Also includes External Instrument device

  • 37 Effects
    + Dynamic Tube, EQ Eight, Filter Delay, Frequency Shifter, Glue, Multi-band Dynamics, Overdrive, Resonators, Spectrum, Vinyl Distortion, Vocoder

    Arpeggiator, Auto Filter, Auto Pan, Beat Repeat, Chord, Chorus, Compressor, EQ Three, Erosion, Flanger, Gate, Grain Delay, Limiter, Looper, Note Length, Phaser, Ping Pong Delay, Pitch, Random, Redux, Reverb, Saturator, Scale, Simple, Delay, Utility, Velocity

    Also includes External Audio Effect device

USD 449

Detailed comparison of Suite, Standard & Intro

Above pricing is for direct download versions of Live 9 and all included Packs. Box sold separately.