Made for creating music

Music starts with an idea. Maybe it’s a melody you’re playing, a vocal you want to record, a drum break you want to chop, or a sound on a synth. No matter how you like to begin, Live helps you get the music out of your head and into your ears.

Capture all of your ideas

No matter what instruments you use to make music, Live makes it easy to capture every note you play. Live offers extensive MIDI recording capabilities for working with hardware or software synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines. And equally full-featured audio recording allows you to capture sounds from the real world. You can even move seamlessly from audio to MIDI; using Live’s unique audio-to-MIDI conversion tools, turn drum breaks, guitar lines, or even harmony parts into MIDI patterns that you can edit and reuse with your own sounds.

Watch: Audio to MIDI conversion

Sketch, tweak, and experiment

Live’s Session View is a musical sketchpad. Freely mix and match musical ideas without the constraints of a timeline. Try out parts in any combinations. Improvise and collect song ideas without ever stopping the music.

Watch: Working with Session view

Lay out and arrange your ideas

With Live’s Arrangement View, place your musical ideas along the timeline or record your Session View improvisations, building up your song as you play. Move blocks of music or time around to create the perfect arrangement. Mix and edit every detail.

Watch: Working with Arrangement view

Use any sounds, at any tempo

One of the things that makes creating with Live so fluid is the ability to change the tempo and timing of any audio, in real-time, without stopping the music. We call this warping. Use warping to mix and match loops from a variety of tempos, fix timing errors in recorded performances, or radically reshape any audio into new sound design directions.

Warp and stretch your audio
Orchestral Strings
Retro Synths
Drum Machines
Grand Piano
Konkrete Breaks
Session Drums Multimic
Designer Drums
Loopmasters Mixtape
The Forge

Find the right sound

Live comes with a great collection of sounds for creating any kind of music: Over 3000 sounds that combine sampling, effects, and synthesis, including vintage synthesizers, acoustic instruments, classic analog drum machines, one-shot samples, and multi-sampled acoustic drum kits. Live also comes with a range of audio and MIDI patterns, ready to use in your own productions, covering everything from 60s Soul and Hip Hop to electronica.

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Build your own sound

Live’s raw devices are the foundation of sound design in Live, including FM and physical modeling synthesis as well as sampling. Flexible synthesis architectures allow for unlimited programming possibilities, and even Live’s sampling instruments have advanced synthesis functionality, letting you take your samples into radical new directions.

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Simpler is an easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parameters
Operator is a versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis
See Live’s audio and MIDI effects in action

Modify your MIDI. Tweak and process your audio

Live comes with a wide selection of audio processors, from the classic to the unique, as well as MIDI devices to rearrange, constrain, or randomize MIDI notes for creating endless variations.

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Combine devices and control them together

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

Customizable Macro controls in an Instrument Rack

Create ideas together

Our new Link technology brings you effortless ways of getting creative with others. You can use multiple instances of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps to make music together – Link keeps you in time by syncing beat and tempo over a wireless or ethernet connection.

Learn more about Link

Get hands on with Push

Push is designed to help you make songs from scratch. With Push 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 how to make a song with Push

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