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.

Key Features

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 tracksIncludedIncludedIncluded
VST and Audio Unit supportIncludedIncludedIncluded
Time signature changesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Multiple automation lanesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Track FreezeIncludedIncludedIncluded
Automatic plug-in delay compensationIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI remote control instant mappingIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI output to hardware synthsIncludedIncludedIncluded
MIDI Clock/syncIncludedIncludedIncluded
Multicore/multiprocessor supportIncludedIncludedIncluded
WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file supportIncludedIncludedIncluded
Ableton LinkIncludedIncludedIncluded
Audio and MIDI tracks16UnlimitedUnlimited
Send and return tracks21212
Audio inputs Mono audio input channels4256256
Audio outputs Mono audio output channels4256256
Max for Live Inspiring synths, effects and customizations to Live itself, as well as a toolkit for building your own.ExcludedExcludedIncluded
Complex warp modes Advanced algorithms for stretching audio, ideal for working with mixed audio or full tracksExcludedIncludedIncluded
Audio-slicing Slice audio to a Drum Rack or Sampler instanceExcludedIncludedIncluded
Audio to MIDI Extract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it to MIDIExcludedIncludedIncluded
REX file support Support for ReCycle/Reason audio filesExcludedIncludedIncluded
POW-r dithering Mastering quality dithering modes for downsampling audioExcludedIncludedIncluded
Video import/export Import video as a clip and save modified video and audioExcludedIncludedIncluded
Serato Scratch Live integration The Bridge - DJ in Serato Scratch Live with a synced Ableton Live set. Edit your Serato Scratch Live mixes in Ableton Live.ExcludedIncludedIncluded
Groove Pool and extract groove A set of templates for timing and "feel" of sequences - or make your own by extracting timing from existing audio materialExcludedIncludedIncluded

Software Instruments

Analog Emulates the unique character of vintage analog synthesizers
Collision Physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet percussion sounds and creative percussion
Electric The sounds of classic electric pianos
Operator Operator is a versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis
Sampler A sampling instrument with multisample playback and import as well as profound sound design options
Tension Physical modeling string synthesizer
External Instrument A tool for integrating your external hardware synthesizers into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins
Drum Rack An instrument for layering samples, synths and effects in a classic 16-pad grid
Impulse A drum sampler with complex modulation capabilities
Simpler Updated for 9.7 An easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parameters
Instrument Rack Combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device, allowing for split and layered sounds with customized Macro controls.


The Forge by Hecq Musician and sound designer Hecq presents his set of signature sounds, loops and drum one-shots. Includes experimental recordings, unique Live Clips and presets that push Live's instruments and effects to new realms.
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.
Orchestral Brass A thorough set of vivd and colorful brass instruments. Features solo and ensemble French horn, trombone, trumpet and tuba, with a unique set of articulations in multiple section sizes.
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.
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.
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.
Retro Synths Retro Synths by Puremagnetik contains more than 4,000 samples from the greatest classic synths of the past three decades, including rich bass from the Minimoog, acid squelch from the Roland TB-303, and the classic digital "phase distortion" synthesis from the Casio CZ-series.
Samplifiction Kick-start your sampling skills with Samplification, a pack of presets, Instrument Racks, Construction Kits, and Lessons. With sound content from Puremagnetik, Cycling '74 and SonArte, Samplification demonstrates the capabilities of Sampler.
Session Drums Studio Session Drums is a meticulously multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session and puts you in the engineer's seat. Session Drums Studio features clear studio recordings of world-class drum kits, properly miked and ready to play.
Session Drums Club Session Drums is a meticulously multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session and puts you in the engineer's seat. Session Drums Club features room ambience from club environments - inject some character into your drums.
Session Drums Multmic Session Drums is a meticulously multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session and puts you in the engineer's seat. Session Drums Multimic kits put you in the engineer's position - edit the various mic positions and distances to get your perfect kit.
Bomblastic Bomblastic is a Hip Hop drum kits library featuring 50 kits developed in conjunction with Uppercussion. Get punchy kicks, cracking snares, crisp claps, powerful percussion, hi-hats, cymbals and more. The kits are especially designed for Hip Hop, Dubstep, R&B, Pop and Dance genres.
Breakbeats by Kutmasta Kurt A set of vintage-sounding Hip Hop breaks, kits and one-shots from producer Kutmasta Kurt, who has worked with artists including Too $hort, Beastie Boys, Kool Keith, The Pharcyde, and more. The breaks have been chopped up and MIDI sequenced, for flexible editing possibilities.
Cyclic Waves A premium selection from sound designer Ron MacLeod, constructed using innovative processing tools from Cycling '74, the makers of Max. Includes drum loops, acoustic instrument hits, lush ambiences, and more for inspiring sonic sculpting.
Digicussion 2 A booster shot featuring even more pounding, crisp drum sounds from Uppercussion. Great for pounding electronic production, experimental sound design, and all kinds of rhythmic music.
Drum Machines A choice selection of classic drum machines, sampled to faithfully reproduce original sounds, plus a range of drum patterns and Live Clips. Includes samples of the Roland TR-808 and TR-909, LinnDrum, Oberheim DMX, Boss DR-55, and more.
Grand Piano The powerful expressiveness of a renowned concert grand in Live. Multiple articulations, sampled from a carefully prepared and programmed piano to capture the virtuosity of the classical grand piano sound.
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.
Konkrete Breaks A set of premium sounds from Soniccouture's Konkrete Drums libraries, plus MIDI Clips exclusively designed by six prominent London-based artists. Unlike traditional audio breaks, these MIDI breaks can easily be edited and reorganized by sound.
Sound Objects Lite A unique collection of sampled objects typically found in a hardware store, including saw blades, joist hangers, metal pipes, ceramic tiles, and more.
Vinyl Classics Over 400 loops and samples from Zero-G in a wide range of styles, including smooth '70s grooves, gritty hip hop and edgy, abstract weirdness.
Designer Drums Synthesized drums that demonstrate the versatility and quality of Ableton Live 9's instruments and effects.
Digicussion 1 A large synthetic drum library featuring dirty kicks, punchy snares, soft stabs, gritty textures, and more. Great for pounding electronic production, experimental sound design, and all kinds of rhythmic music.
Loopmasters Mixtape A set of samples and loops from Loopmasters, from synthesized sound design to acoustic drums and founds sounds. Features content from Partners such as Puremagnetik and Soniccouture, and Loopmasters' artist Pack sounds from artists such as Digable Planets, Coldcut, Todd Terry, and more.
Unnatural Selection A collection of samples, Live Clips and Demo Songs from Puremagnetik. Includes "Construction Kits", which can be easily rearranged and combined to create complete tracks.

Max for Live Devices

Convolution Reverb Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces. Comes with an amazing library of impulse responses.
Convolution Reverb Pro Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces with advanced sound shaping.
DrumSynth 13 devices to create unique drum and percussion sounds using synthesis.
Mono Sequencer Build MIDI patterns using classical step sequencing.
Buffer Shuffler 2 Chop and reorder incoming audio on the fly.
LFO An LFO with sync to modulate device parameters.
Envelope Follower Use the envelope of any audio material to control device parameters.
XY pad Assign any two device parameters using an XY Pad.
Multimap Map control information from other devices to multiple parameters.
Device Randomizer Generate random control parameters to modulate devices or jump start an idea.
Expression Control Modify and map incoming MIDI control information to multiple parameters.
Envelope Trigger an envelope with incoming MIDI notes to modulate device parameters.
LFO MIDI LFO with parameters that can be controlled by incoming MIDI notes.
Note Echo Generate echoes for MIDI notes with delay and feedback control.
Bass A monosynth designed for bass sounds.
Poli A polyphonic synth that excels at strings, pads, chords, and stabs.
Multi A synth designed for immediate tweakability from Push.
Arp A pattern-based arpeggiator with step length, step velocity, groove features etc.
Instant House A beat creation tool optimized for odd-meter beats.
MIDI Monitor Monitor your MIDI data stream.
Map8 A utility macro device especially useful with Push and third party eight-knob controllers.

Audio Effects

Amp Emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers.
Cabinet Emulates the sound and character of five classic guitar cabinets.
Corpus Simulates the acoustic characteristics of seven types of resonant objects.
Dynamic Tube Tube saturation for added harmonics and warmth.
EQ Eight Eight parametric filters with a variety of controls for shaping timbre.
External Audio Effect A tool for integrating your external hardware effects into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins.
Filter Delay Three delay lines with independent filtering, feedback, stereo position, and more.
Frequency Shifter Classic frequency shifting and ring modulation, for effects ranging from subtle phasing to dissonant, metallic sounds.
Glue Compressor Analog-modeled compressor based on the classic bus compressor from a famous 80s mixing console.
Multi-band Dynamics Upward and downward compression and expansion of up to three frequency bands.
Overdrive Distortion effect based on classic guitar pedals.
Resonators Five parallel, tunable resonators that apply a tonal character to incoming audio.
Spectrum Realtime analysis and visualization of incoming audio.
Vinyl Distortion Emulates the noise and distortion of vinyl records.
Vocoder Classic "talking synthesizer" and robotic voice effects.
Auto Filter Classic analog filter emulation with an envelope follower and LFO.
Auto Pan LFO-driven panning, tremolo and beat-synchronized chopping effects.
Beat Repeat Creative beat mangling with controlled or randomized repetitions of an incoming signal.
Chorus Create thickening or flanging effects with two parallel modulated delays.
Compressor Dynamics processing to add punch and loudness.
EQ Three Three-band EQ with kill switches, modeled on classic DJ mixers.
Erosion Adds “digital”-sounding artifacts and noise to audio signals.
Flanger Classic tape phasing sound caused by time-modulated delays.
Gate Dynamics processing for noise reduction and decay or reverb shaping.
Grain Delay Granular delay with controlled or randomized pitch.
Limiter Sets an absolute output limit, suitable for mastering.
Looper Records, loops and overdubs audio, based on classic hardware looping pedals.
Phaser Sweeping effects created by notches in the frequency spectrum.
Ping Pong Delay Filtered delay that jumps between the left and right outputs.
Redux Bit- and sample-rate reduction for classic lo-fi sounds.
Reverb Simulates the acoustics of real or imaginary rooms.
Saturator Waveshaping distortion for adding dirt, punch and warmth.
Simple Delay Two independent delay lines with feedback and tempo sync.
Tuner Tuner shows the incoming pitch and its distance from the nearest semitone, helping you quickly get instruments in tune.
Utility Multipurpose tool for adjusting gain, phase, stereo width and more.
Audio Effect Rack Combine audio effects into a single device, allowing for the creation of simplified Macro controls for complex effects chains.

MIDI Effects

Arpeggiator Takes individual notes from a held chord and plays them as a rhythmical pattern.
Chord Adds up to six additional pitches to incoming MIDI notes to create chords
Note Length Alters the length of incoming MIDI notes or triggers notes via Note Off.
Pitch Transposes MIDI notes by a specified amount.
Random Applies chance-based random transposition to MIDI notes.
Scale Remaps incoming MIDI notes to different outgoing MIDI notes.
Velocity Randomizes or compresses MIDI note velocity.
MIDI Effect Rack Combine MIDI effects into a single device, allowing for customized MIDI processing chains with simple Macro controls.


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 more about Push

Compatible Hardware

Ableton Live Controllers

Akai Professional


Compatible MIDI controllers with auto-mapping

Controllers with auto-mapping to control common parameters in Live as soon as you plug them in.

Akai Professional

  • Advance
  • APC 20
  • APC 40
  • APC Key 25
  • APC mini
  • LPD8
  • MIDI Mix
  • MPD 18
  • MPD 24
  • MPD 32
  • MPK 25
  • MPK 49
  • MPK 61
  • MPK 88
  • MPK 225
  • MPK 249
  • MPK 261
  • MPK mini


  • Master Control
  • Photon 25, Photon X 25
  • V series
  • VI series
  • VX series


  • BeatStep
  • KeyLab series
  • MiniLab


  • BCF 2000
  • BCR 2000


  • UC 33e


  • LV1, LX1
  • LV2, LX2, LC2, LD2


  • Tranzport


  • padKONTROL
  • Kontrol 49
  • Zero 8
  • Microkontrol


  • Control, Control XT


  • Axiom, Axiom Pro and Axiom AIR series
  • Keystation Pro 88
  • MidAir 25
  • 02
  • Oxygen 8 V1 and V2
  • Oxygen 3rd and 4th generation series
  • ProjectMix IO
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ozonic, Ozone
  • Radium 49
  • Radium 61
  • UC33e


  • Impulse
  • Launch Control
  • Launch Control XL
  • Launchkey
  • Launchkey Mini
  • Launchpad Mini
  • Remote SL and SL Mk II series
  • Remote SL Compact series
  • Remote Zero SL

Open Labs

  • Workstations


  • Keyfadr
  • Keypad


  • A-PRO series
  • MX-1


  • Fireone


  • VCM-600

Other compatible MIDI controllers

In addition to all the above controllers, Live supports any standard MIDI controller for sending and receiving MIDI notes and controller information.

Export-enabled iOS apps

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

Currently built into the following iOS apps:

Want to build Export Live Set into your application?

Check out our info for developers

What comes with the download version?

  • A Live 9 installer to download from Your Account.
  • A PDF manual included with your installer.
  • The same included sounds as the boxed version available for download from Your Packs.

What extras do I get if I buy a box?

  • A DVD with your Live 9 installer
  • DVDs with all your included Sounds
  • A printed manual (with Standard and Suite versions only)
  • Stickers

Installation requirements

Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or PC with Windows 7 or later; Multicore processor; 4 GB RAM; 1024x768 display; DVD drive or broadband internet connection for installation

Required disk space for basic installation:

  • 3GB free disk space

Disk used if all included sounds are installed:

  • Live 9 Suite: 55 GB free disk space
  • Live 9 Standard: 12 GB free disk space
  • Live 9 Intro: 6 GB free disk space

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.

Find out which edition is right for you
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Complete integrated studio

Full feature set
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.
41 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, Tuner, Utility, Velocity, Vinyl Distortion, Vocoder
Max for LiveLimitless possibilities for creating devices and customizing Live
Comes with Convolution Reverb, Convolution Reverb Pro, DrumSynth, Mono Sequencer, Buffer Shuffler 2, LFO, LFO MIDI, Envelope Follower, XY pad, Multimap, Device Randomizer, Expression Control, Envelope, Note Echo, Bass, Poli, Multi, Arp, Instant House, MIDI Monitor, Map8
USD 749


Full features plus extras

Full feature set
1100+ Sounds (11GB)
3 InstrumentsDrum Rack, Impulse, Simpler
Also includes External Instrument device.
38 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, Tuner, Utility, Velocity
Also includes External Audio Effect device.
USD 449


Essentials at a great price

Limited feature setLive Intro supports up to 16 tracks and 8 scenes, with some other feature limitations.
700+ Sounds (4GB)
3 InstrumentsDrum Rack, Impulse, Simpler
27 EffectsArpeggiator, 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, Tuner, Utility, Velocity
USD 99