Live comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, instruments, effects, and Packs.

Overview

IntroStandardSuite
Key FeaturesLimitedFullFull
Software Instruments4617
Sounds1500+
5+ GB
1800+
10+ GB
5000+
70+ GB
Audio Effects213659
MIDI Effects81315

Key Features

IntroStandardSuite
Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisationIncludedIncludedIncluded
Nondestructive editing with unlimited undoIncludedIncludedIncluded
Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHzIncludedIncludedIncluded
Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instrumentsIncludedIncludedIncluded
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretchingIncludedIncludedIncluded
Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per projectIncludedIncludedIncluded
Group tracksUse multiple levels of groups to mix with greater flexibility and manage detailed arrangements more easily.IncludedIncludedIncluded
VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit supportIncludedIncludedIncluded
Time signature changesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Comping New in Live 11 Record multiple takes of a performance, then combine the best ones. Included Included Included
Linked-track editing New in Live 11 Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously. Excluded Included Included
Multiple automation lanesIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI Polyphonic Expression New in Live 11 Add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures more easily. Included Included Included
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Capture MIDI Recall your best ideas after you’ve played them – Capture MIDI can turn what you played into MIDI clips, without having to think about recording.IncludedIncludedIncluded
Tempo Following New in Live 11 Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow. Included Included Included
Note Chance New in Live 11 Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time. Included Included Included
Velocity Chance New in Live 11 Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns. Included Included Included
Automatic plug-in delay compensationIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI remote control instant mappingIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI output to hardware synthsIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI Clock/syncIncludedIncludedIncluded
Generate or receive Pitch, Control, Clock and Trigger CVExcludedExcludedIncluded
Multicore/multiprocessor supportIncludedIncludedIncluded
WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file supportIncludedIncludedIncluded
Ableton Link A technology that keeps instances of Live and a growing collection of iOS apps in time over a wireless network.IncludedIncludedIncluded
Instrument Racks Updated for Live 11 Combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device, allowing for split and layered sounds with customized Macro controls Included Included Included
MIDI Effect Racks Updated for Live 11 Combine MIDI effects into a single device, allowing for customized MIDI processing chains with simple Macro controls Included Included Included
Drum Rack Updated for Live 11 An instrument for layering samples, synths and effects in a classic 16-pad grid Included Included Included
Audio & MIDI tracks16UnlimitedUnlimited
ScenesUpdated for Live 1116UnlimitedUnlimited
Send and return tracks21212
Audio inputs Mono audio input channels8256256
Audio outputs Mono audio output channels8256256
Max for Live Powers a range of instruments and devices in Live Suite, and lets you customize or build your own devices, change the way Live works, and connect Live with the world around it.ExcludedExcludedIncluded
Complex warp modes Advanced algorithms for stretching audio, ideal for working with mixed audio or full tracks.IncludedIncludedIncluded
Audio-slicing Slice audio to a Drum Rack or Sampler instance.ExcludedIncludedIncluded
Audio to MIDI Extract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it to MIDI.ExcludedIncludedIncluded
REX file support Support for ReCycle/Reason audio files.ExcludedIncludedIncluded
POW-r dithering Mastering quality dithering modes for downsampling audio.ExcludedIncludedIncluded
Groove Pool and extract groove A set of templates that lets you adjust the timing and “feel” of sequences or make your own by extracting timing from existing audio material.IncludedIncludedIncluded
Video import/export Updated for Live 11 Import video as a clip and save modified video and audio. Included Included Included

Software Instruments

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Analog Emulates the unique character of vintage analog synthesizers.
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Bass A monophonic virtual analog synthesizer that provides the entire palette of bass sounds in one device – from classically deep and clean to heavily distorted, rumbling tones.
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Collision Updated for Live 11 Physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet percussion sounds and creative percussion
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CV Instrument Sequence and play your modular.
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CV Triggers Trigger drums and events.
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Electric Updated for Live 11 The sounds of classic electric pianos.
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Operator A versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis.
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Poli A virtual analog synth designed for classic polyphonic chords and phrases. Its vintage character comes from de-tunable oscillators, a powerful modulation section and built-in chorus.
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Sampler Updated for Live 11 Sampling instrument with multisample playback and import as well as profound sound design options.
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Tension Updated for Live 11 Physical modeling string synthesizer.
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Wavetable Updated for Live 11 Immediately playable, infinitely capable, Wavetable is a new synthesizer built by Ableton. Stretch, morph and shape a wide range of waveforms into a rich and vast sound palette.
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DrumSynths Updated for Live 11Now in Live 11 Standard 8 devices to create unique drum and percussion sounds using synthesis.
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External Instrument A tool for integrating your external hardware synthesizers into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins.
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Drum Rack Updated for Live 11 An instrument for layering samples, synths and effects in a classic 16-pad grid.
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Impulse A drum sampler with complex modulation capabilities.
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Instrument Rack Updated for Live 11 Combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device, allowing for split and layered sounds with customized Macro controls.
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Simpler An easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parameters.
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Packs

IntroStandardSuite
Beat Tools With more than 120 Drum and Instrument Racks, over 180 loops for slicing, tweakable effects chains and more, Beat Tools has all the sounds you need for hands-on beatmaking – especially with Push.
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Brass Quartet New in Live 11 Features a rich blend of trumpet, French horn, tenor saxophone and trombone in your music. The instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
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Drone Lab New in Live 11 Weave complex, evolving threads through your productions with tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.
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Drum Booth Updated for Live 11 Drum Booth contains carefully curated samples of acoustic kits recorded in a tight, dry room. Perfect on their own or as reinforcement for electronic drums, Drum Booth also offers unique post processing options and experimental recordings not possible with standard acoustic libraries.
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Electric Keyboards Updated for Live 11 Electric Keyboards is a new Pack featuring multisampled Fender Rhodes Suitcase, Wurlitzer A-200, and Hammond C3. Special attention was given to making this Pack sound as true-to-life and organic as possible. The result is characterful electric keys for any genre.
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Latin Percussion A collection of acoustic percussion instruments such as congas, timbales, claves, shakers, tambourines and bells from the worlds of Brazillian, Afro-Cuban and African music.
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Inspired by Nature New in Live 11 Six playful instruments and effects that use natural and physical processes as their inspiration. Created in collaboration with Dillon Bastan.
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Orchestral Brass A thorough set of vivid and colorful brass instruments. Features solo and ensemble French horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba, with a unique set of articulations in multiple section sizes.
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Orchestral Mallets The true essence of symphonic percussion instruments in pristine quality. Features vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, crotales, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cymbals and timpani with a variety of articulations.
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Orchestral Strings A comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Features solo and ensemble violin, viola, cello and double bass, all record in their natural positions within the orchestra, complete with a number of articulations.
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Orchestral Woodwinds Features a variety of clear and vibrant wind instruments. Includes solo and ensemble flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe and English horn, with a broad spectrum of articulations.
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Singularities Singularities makes use of single samples and finely tuned, expressive parameters to capture the sound and feel of classic synths and samplers. Included are 40 Instrument Racks, plus MIDI clips and drum kits – all the parts you need for a complete track.
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String Quartet New in Live 11 This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
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Synth Essentials Synth Essentials expands the Core Library with fresh presets for Ableton’s synths and samplers. Created by top artists and sound designers, Synth Essentials makes it easy to find the sounds you need with no interruption to your creative flow.
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Build and Drop Build and Drop is loaded with ecstatic leads, enveloping bass, slamming drums and a range of rises, sirens and sounds effects. A creative toolbox for building the irresistible anticipation and release this music uses to keep the party going.
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Glitch and Wash This collection explores the contrast of organic texture and precise rhythms – combining precision slices, jagged electronic noise and microscopic snippets of sound with warm ambient pads, textures and soundscapes.
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Drive and Glow Updated for Live 11 Drive and Glow combines swirling synth textures, overdriven guitars and basses and pounding drums. Carefully curated to be mix-ready out of the box, this Pack is perfect for creating tracks that radiate with saturated, indie vibes.
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Upright Piano New in Live 11 Upright Piano infuses your productions with the instrument’s natural warmth. Close-recorded for an intimate feel, this classic sound is at home in many styles of music – whether it’s used at its purest in a folk song or transformed in an electronic track. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
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Probability Pack A collection of creative sequencers that introduce probability and chance to your music.
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Punch and Tilt A dancefloor-ready collection of sounds focused on machine rhythms, weighty bass and dark, hypnotizing melodies, textures and noises – a rough sonic aesthetic that started with a small group of underground producers and has grown into a worldwide scene.
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Session Drums Club A multisampled library of acoustic drums for nuanced play. Features room ambience from club environments.
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Session Drums Studio A multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session. Features clear studio recordings of world-class drum kits, properly miked and ready to play.
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Voice Box New in Live 11 A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.
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Mood Reel New in Live 11 A collection of sounds for making music with a modern narrative feel. Evocative layered instruments combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.
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Drum Essentials Drum Essentials is a collection of handpicked sounds selected to cover a wide range of styles. A flexible, highly refined Pack to form the rhythmic foundation of any production.
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Grand Piano Updated for Live 11 Multiple articulations, sampled from a carefully prepared and programmed piano to capture the virtuosity of the classical grand piano sounds.
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Guitars and Bass A set of electric guitars and basses, expertly multisampled to cover different playing styles, velocities and articulations - from funky slap bass to gently strummed guitar chords.
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Skitter and Step Updated for Live 11 A sound collection that inhabits the space where growling basses, rinsing pads and jarring melodies collide with jagged, broken percussion. The cavernous spaces, dubby basses and tight drums are ready for production but were designed for deep sound manipulation.
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Chop and Swing Updated for Live 11 A homage to the style that made sampling an art form and put a new kind of groove on the musical map. Chop and Swing comes loaded with curated recordings and professional presets perfect for cutting up and re-combining into fresh new tracks.
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Audio Effects

IntroStandardSuite
Amp Emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers.
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Cabinet Emulates the sound and character of five classic guitar cabinets.
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Color Limiter Another flavor of limiting inspired by the gritty sounds achievable with hardware limiters. The Saturation and Color parameters are the key to its characterful sound.
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Convolution Reverb Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces with advanced sound shaping.
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Corpus Updated for Live 11 Simulates the acoustic characteristics of seven types of resonant objects
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CV Clock In Control Live’s tempo from your Eurorack system.
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CV Clock Out Control your Eurorack’s tempo from Live.
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CV Envelope Follower Use the envelope of any audio material to control device parameters.
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CV In Use CV signals from your gear to control parameters in Live.
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CV LFO An LFO with sync to modulate up to eight device parameters with one device.
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CV Shaper A flexible and envelope modulation device for creating custom modulation shapes.
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CV Utility Merge multiple modulation signals to generate new shapes.
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Echo The sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device.
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Gated Delay A delay with a gate sequencer that sends the incoming signal to a delay line on activated steps. Much like a send effect that is turned on and off in a defined rhythm.
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Hybrid Reverb New in Live 11 Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs. Place your sounds in any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality.
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Pedal Brings the analog character of overdrive, distortion and fuzz stompbox effects.
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PitchLoop89 New in Live 11 Create jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato with this Max for Live pitch shifting device created in collaboration with Robert Henke.
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Pitch Hack A single delay line with transposition control, as well as the ability to reverse audio, randomize the transposition interval and fold the delayed signal back into itself.
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Re-Enveloper A multiband envelope processor that divides the signal into three adjustable frequency bands. Attack and Release knobs control the responsiveness of the effect.
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Spectral Blur Creates sounds and textures best described as reverb-like. A user-defined frequency range of a signal is blurred to create a dense, cloud of sound.
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Spectral Resonator New in Live 11 A sound mangling device that can make anything passing through it sound completely unlike the source material. Use the MIDI sidechain input to process material in key with its surrounding musical elements – like playing an effect as if it were an instrument.
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Spectral Time New in Live 11 Re-synthesize your sounds and feed them into a network of filters, dynamics, reverb and delay, to add metallic echoes, pitch shifting and space to any sound source. Freeze the sound to capture and hold a slice of the audio and alter its characteristics in real time.
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Surround Panner Multichannel Panning device for surround mixing with multi-channel speaker setups.
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Dynamic Tube Tube saturation for added harmonics and warmth.
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Drum Buss A one-stop workstation for drums, capable of adding warmth, distortion, drive, compression, transient shaping, plus a dedicated low end section.
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Envelope Follower Now in Live 11 Standard Use the envelope of any audio material to control device parameters.
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EQ Eight Eight parametric filters with a variety of controls for shaping timbre.
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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.
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Filter Delay Three delay lines with independent filtering, feedback, stereo position, and more.
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Frequency Shifter Classic frequency shifting and ring modulation, for effects ranging from subtle phasing to dissonant, metallic sounds.
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Glue Compressor Analog-modeled compressor based on the classic bus compressor from a famous 80s mixing console.
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Multiband Dynamics Upward and downward compression and expansion of up to three frequency bands.
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Overdrive Distortion effect based on classic guitar pedals.
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Resonators Five parallel, tunable resonators that apply a tonal character to incoming audio.
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Shaper Now in Live 11 Standard A flexible envelope modulation device for creating custom modulation shapes.
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Spectrum Realtime analysis and visualization of incoming audio.
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Vinyl Distortion Emulates the noise and distortion of vinyl records.
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Vocoder Classic “talking synthesizer” and robotic voice effects.
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Audio Effect Rack Updated for Live 11 Combine audio effects into a single device, allowing for the creation of simplified Macro controls for complex effects chains
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Auto Filter Classic analog filter emulation with an envelope follower and LFO.
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Auto Pan LFO-driven panning, tremolo and beat-synchronized chopping effects.
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Beat Repeat Creative beat mangling with controlled or randomized repetitions of an incoming signal.
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Channel EQ A flexible and simple EQ with curves and gain ranges suitable for a variety of audio material.
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Chorus-Ensemble Updated for Live 11 Create thickening, flanging and vibrato effects. Ensemble is a new algorithm inspired by a thick 3-delay line chorus used in the 70s for string machines.
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Compressor Dynamics processing to add punch and loudness.
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Delay A simple delay with Ping pong behavior, filter modulation and the ability to infinitely repeat the input signal.
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EQ Three Three-band EQ with kill switches, modeled on classic DJ mixers.
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Erosion Adds “digital”-sounding artifacts and noise to audio signals.
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Gate Dynamics processing for noise reduction and decay or reverb shaping.
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Grain Delay Granular delay with controlled or randomized pitch.
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LFO Now in Live 11 Intro and Standard An LFO with sync to modulate up to eight device parameters with one device.
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Limiter Sets an absolute output limit, suitable for mastering.
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Looper Records, loops and overdubs audio, based on classic hardware looping pedals.
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Phaser-Flanger Updated for Live 11 Phaser-Flanger has a new, lusher sound with increased frequency and modulation ranges.
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Redux Updated for Live 11 Redux adds a wider range of sounds from vintage digital gear including harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts, as well as warm and saturated 8-bit textures.
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Reverb Simulates the acoustics of real or imaginary rooms.
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Saturator Waveshaping distortion for adding dirt, punch and warmth.
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Tuner Tuner shows the incoming pitch and its distance from the nearest semitone, helping you quickly get instruments in tune.
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Utility Multipurpose tool for adjusting gain, phase, stereo width and more.
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MIDI Effects

IntroStandardSuite
Melodic Steps A fast and intuitive MIDI sequencer for evolving melodies with an interface designed to encourage experimentation and new discoveries through play.
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Rotating Rhythm Generator Create organic rhythms and experiment with modular style beat generation.
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Envelope MIDI Now in Live 11 Standard Trigger an envelope with incoming MIDI notes to modulate device parameters.
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Note Echo Now in Live 11 Standard Generate echoes for MIDI notes with delay and feedback control.
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Arpeggiator Takes individual notes from a held chord and plays them as a rhythmical pattern.
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Chord Adds up to six additional pitches to incoming MIDI notes to create chords.
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Expression Control Updated for Live 11Now in Live 11 Intro and Standard A control device for pairing MIDI parameters such as velocity, modwheel, pitchbend, aftertouch, and keytrack with any parameter in your Live Set.
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MIDI Monitor Now in Live 11 Intro and Standard Monitor your MIDI data stream.
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MPE Control New in Live 11 Adjust Live’s response to MPE information from your MPE controller.
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Note Length Alters the length of incoming MIDI notes or triggers notes via Note Off.
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Pitch Transposes MIDI notes by a specified amount.
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Random Applies chance-based random transposition to MIDI notes.
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Scale Remaps incoming MIDI notes to different outgoing MIDI notes.
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Velocity Randomizes or compresses MIDI note velocity.
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MIDI Effect Rack Updated for Live 11 Combine MIDI effects into a single device, allowing for customized MIDI processing chains with simple Macro controls
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Export-enabled products

In a growing number of products you can save your ideas as Ableton Live Sets – complete with audio and MIDI clips.

Currently built into the following products:

Want to build Export Live Set into your product?

Check out our info for developers

Live 11 System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 10 (Build 1909 and later)
  • Intel® Core™ i5 processor or an AMD multi-core processor.
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1366x768 display resolution
  • ASIO compatible audio hardware for Link support (also recommended for optimal audio performance)
  • Access to an internet connection for authorizing Live (for downloading additional content and updating Live, a fast internet connection is recommended)
  • Approximately 3 GB disk space on the system drive for the basic installation (8 GB free disk space recommended)
  • Up to 76 GB disk space for additionally available sound content

macOS

  • OS X 10.13 or later (more on macOS Big Sur)
  • Intel® Core™ i5 processor (more on Apple silicon and the M1 chip)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1280x800 display resolution
  • Core Audio compliant audio interface recommended
  • Access to an internet connection for authorizing Live (for downloading additional content and updating Live, a fast internet connection is recommended)
  • Approximately 3 GB disk space on the system drive for the basic installation (8 GB free disk space recommended)
  • Up to 76 GB disk space for additionally available sound content