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.

Here are the features common to all editions of Live 9:

  • Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation
  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
  • Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
  • Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
  • Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project
  • Group tracks
  • VST and Audio Unit support
  • Time signature changes
  • Multiple automation lanes
  • Track Freeze
  • Automatic plug-in delay compensation
  • MIDI remote control instant mapping
  • MIDI output to hardware synths
  • MIDI Clock/sync
  • ReWire
  • Multicore/multiprocessor support
  • WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
Find out what Live is, and why it’s great for making all kinds of music.

Key Features




Audio and MIDI tracks 16 Unlimited Unlimited
Scenes 8 Unlimited Unlimited
Send and Return tracks 2 12 12
Audio inputs Mono audio input channels 4 256 256
Audio outputs Mono audio output channels 4 256 256
Max for Live Inspiring synths, effects and customizations to Live itself, as well as a toolkit for building your own. Learn moreYes
Complex warp modes Advanced algorithms for stretching audio, ideal for working with mixed audio or full tracksYesYes
Audio slicing Slice audio to a Drum Rack or Sampler instanceYesYes
Audio to MIDI Extract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it to MIDIYesYes
REX File support Support for ReCycle/Reason audio filesYesYes
POW-r dithering Mastering quality dithering modes for downsampling audioYesYes
Video import/export Import video as a clip and save modified video and audioYesYes
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.YesYes
Groove pool and extract groove A set of templates for timing and "feel" of sequences - or make your by extracting timing from existing audio materialYesYes

Software Instruments




Analog emulates the unique character of vintage analog synthesizersYes
Collision physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet percussion sounds and creative percussionYes
Electric the sounds of classic electric pianosYes
Operator Operator is a versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis.Yes
Sampler sampling instrument with multisample playback and import as well as profound sound design optionsYes
Tension physical modeling string synthesizerYes
External Instrument a tool for integrating your external hardware synthesizers into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-insYesYes
Drum Rack an instrument for layering samples, synths and effects in a classic 16-pad gridYesYesYes
Impulse a drum sampler with complex modulation capabilitiesYesYesYes
Simpler an easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parametersYesYesYes





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.Yes
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.Yes
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.Yes
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.Yes
Orchestral Strings A comprehensive selection of naturally rich and dynamic stringed instruments. Features solo and ensemble violin, viola, cello and double bass, all recorded in their natural positions within the orchestra, complete with a number of articulations.Yes
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.Yes
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.Yes
Samplification 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.Yes
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.Yes
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.Yes
Session Drums Multimic 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.Yes
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.YesYes
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. YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
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.YesYes
Designer Drums Synthesized drums that demonstrate the versatility and quality of Ableton Live 9's instruments and effects.YesYesYes
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.YesYesYes
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.YesYesYes
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. YesYesYes

Audio Effects




Amp emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiersYes
Cabinet emulates the sound and character of five classic guitar cabinetsYes
Corpus simulates the acoustic characteristics of seven types of resonant objectsYes
Dynamic Tube tube saturation for added harmonics and warmthYesYes
EQ Eight eight parametric filters with a variety of controls for shaping timbreYesYes
External Audio Effect a tool for integrating your external hardware effects into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-insYesYes
Filter Delay three delay lines with independent filtering, feedback, stereo position, and moreYesYes
Frequency Shifter classic frequency shifting and ring modulation, for effects ranging from subtle phasing to dissonant, metallic soundsYesYes
Glue analog-modeled compressor based on the classic bus compressor from a famous 80s mixing consoleYesYes
Multiband Dynamics upward and downward compression and expansion of up to three frequency bandsYesYes
Overdrive distortion effect based on classic guitar pedalsYesYes
Resonators five parallel, tunable resonators that apply a tonal character to incoming audioYesYes
Spectrum realtime analysis and visualization of incoming audioYesYes
Vinyl Distortion emulates the noise and distortion of vinyl recordsYesYes
Vocoder classic “talking synthesizer” and robotic voice effectsYesYes
Auto Filter classic analog filter emulation with an envelope follower and LFOYesYesYes
Auto Pan LFO-driven panning, tremolo and beat-synchronized chopping effects.YesYesYes
Beat Repeat creative beat mangling with controlled or randomized repetitions of an incoming signalYesYesYes
Chorus create thickening or flanging effects with two parallel modulated delaysYesYesYes
Compressor dynamics processing to add punch and loudnessYesYesYes
EQ Three three-band EQ with kill switches, modeled on classic DJ mixersYesYesYes
Erosion adds “digital”-sounding artifacts and noise to audio signalsYesYesYes
Flanger classic tape phasing sound caused by time-modulated delaysYesYesYes
Gate dynamics processing for noise reduction and decay or reverb shapingYesYesYes
Grain Delay granular delay with controlled or randomized pitchYesYesYes
Limiter sets an absolute output limit, suitable for masteringYesYesYes
Looper records, loops and overdubs audio, based on classic hardware looping pedalsYesYesYes
Phaser sweeping effects created by notches in the frequency spectrumYesYesYes
Ping Pong Delay filtered delay that jumps between the left and right outputsYesYesYes
Redux bit- and sample-rate reduction for classic lo-fi soundsYesYesYes
Reverb simulates the acoustics of real or imaginary roomsYesYesYes
Saturator waveshaping distortion for adding dirt, punch and warmthYesYesYes
Simple Delay two independent delay lines with feedback and tempo syncYesYesYes
Tuner shows the incoming pitch and its distance from the nearest semitone, helping you quickly get instruments in tuneYesYesYes
Utility multipurpose tool for adjusting gain, phase, stereo width and moreYesYesYes

MIDI Effects




Arpeggiator takes individual notes from a held chord and plays them as a rhythmical patternYesYesYes
Chord adds up to six additional pitches to incoming MIDI notes to create chordsYesYesYes
Note length alters the length of incoming MIDI notes or triggers notes via Note OffYesYesYes
Pitch transposes MIDI notes by a specified amount YesYesYes
Random applies chance-based random transposition to MIDI notesYesYesYes
Scale remaps incoming MIDI notes to different outgoing MIDI notesYesYesYes
Velocity randomizes or compresses MIDI note velocityYesYesYes

Max for Live devices




Convolution Reverb Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces. Comes with an amazing library of impulse responses. Yes
Convolution Reverb Pro Capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces with advanced sound shapingYes
Drum Synth 13 devices to create unique drum and percussion sounds using synthesisYes
Mono Sequencer Build MIDI patterns using classical step sequencingYes
Buffer Shuffler 2 Chop and reorder incoming audio on the fly") Yes
LFO An LFO to modulate device parametersYes
Envelope Follower Use the envelope of any audio material to control device parametersYes
XY Pad Assign any two device parameters using an XY PadYes
Multimap Map control information from other devices to multiple parametersYes
Device Randomizer Generate random control parameters to modulate devices or jump start an ideaYes
Control Device MIDI Modify and map incoming MIDI control information to multiple parametersYes
Envelope An envelope that can be played with incoming MIDI notesYes
LFO MIDI An LFO that can be played with incoming MIDI notesYes
Note Echo Generate echoes for MIDI notes with delay and feedback controlYes


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

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

  • 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


  • 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 25
  • 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


  • 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.

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
  • Stickers

Installation Requirements

Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8; 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.

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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
  • 27 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, Tuner, 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

Detailed comparison of Suite, Standard & Intro

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