New in Live 9.1: Dual monitor support and rendering improvements

Use Live on two monitors. See the Session and Arrangement at the same time. Work with a clip and its devices simultaneously for better control of Session automation.

Live takes advantage of multiple monitors to show you more at once. Use your second monitor to keep the mixer visible at all times. Dedicate a whole monitor to detailed MIDI clip editing or the Arrangement. Or view your recorded Session automation while tweaking devices.

New in Live 9.1: Dual monitor support

  • Dedicate a whole monitor to the Arrangement.

  • Keep the mixer visible at all times.

  • Dedicate a whole monitor to detailed MIDI clip editing.

Record automation into clips. Edit automation with curves. Session View automation lets you capture your performance or add movement to your loops. Use curves to make automation more musical.

Live’s unique Session View makes it easy to improvise with musical ideas. In Live 9, you can now record parameter changes directly into Session View for even more flexibility. Edit automation curves with the mouse to create smooth mix transitions or radical parameter changes in your clips.

In one click, create new Session View scenes from your Arrangement tracks, or drag and copy individual clips from Arrangement to Session. The automation comes with them, making it easier than ever to move from improvising to arranging and back.

See recording and editing of Session automation in action

Find sounds fast. With Live’s new browser, spend less time finding sounds and more time making music.

Live’s new browser puts all of your instruments and effects, samples, Packs and VST/Audio Units plug-ins in one easy-to-navigate view. Drag and drop folders into the browser from anywhere on your computer. Search as you type, navigate from the keyboard and sort items by various categories.

See how Live’s new browser and library make it easier to get what you want.
See how Live’s new browser and library make it easier to find the right sound.
  • Browse by type: your samples, devices, presets, and VST/Audio Units plug-ins are all available from the same view
  • External storage: store your sounds and Packs on any hard drive you like, even multiple drives
  • Instant search: Live’s browser filters as you type
  • Sort by rank: view items by how frequently you’ve used them in the past
  • Instant preview: all Ableton Packs come with instant audio previews
  • Core Library
  • Konkrete Breaks
  • Retro Synths
  • The Forge by Hecq
  • Breakbeats by KutMasta Kurt
  • Piano, Guitars and Bass
  • Orchestral Instruments
  • Digicussion and Bomblastic

Play new sounds. Live’s library includes new Instrument Racks and sounds to get you going fast.

Live 9 Suite comes with more than 3000 production-ready sounds that give you the full range of vintage synthesizers, drum kits and one-shot samples, acoustic instruments and loops - all powered by Live's built-in synthesizers and effects so they can be tweaked and personalized. All sounds are organized for Live 9's new browser and work seamlessly with all common hardware controllers. See the full list of Packs included with Live 9

Browse the Pack store at ableton.com to find even more amazing sounds - signature drum kits by Daniel Miller, Soniccouture, Flatpack and Puremagnetik, new tempo-synched loop collections and high-end multisampled instruments specifically designed for Ableton Live.

Get your sound right. The new analog-modeled Glue Compressor and redesigned studio effects help you get a better sound in less time.

Live’s new Glue Compressor, developed in collaboration with Cytomic, is modeled on a classic 80s console bus compressor, both for its great sound and also to provide musical results with a simple set of controls. Live’s studio effects - Compressor, Gate and EQ Eight - have been improved with new displays, enhanced controls and better sound, making it easier to see and hear your changes.

Watch the Glue compressor and our improved studio effects in action.
The Glue Compressor is an analog-modeled compressor based on the bus compressor from a classic console from the 80s.
EQ Eight now has a breakout display, an Audition mode for soloing frequencies, an analog-style adaptive Q option, and improved filters.
Compressor’s new display makes it clear what’s happening. And improved sound means better results with less effort.
Gate – a new display and enhanced controls make it easier to dial in the right sound.

Reclaim the music in your samples.... Live 9’s new tools for converting audio to MIDI give you unprecedented flexibility to extract musical ideas from your samples and build upon them.

Convert your favorite drum break with the Drums-to-MIDI feature and reuse it with your own sounds. Speed up your remixing work by using Harmony-to-MIDI to get the notes and chords from the original audio stems. Or simply seed your creativity with inspiring, natural-feeling MIDI grabbed directly from the most exciting parts of your music collection.

Use the rhythm from a sampled break with new sounds
See the possibilities Harmony, Melody and Drums to MIDI creates.

...or sing the music in your head. Sketch out ideas quickly by singing (or beatboxing) into Live and converting your recording to MIDI.

Your voice is the new keyboard: sing, beatbox, tap a rhythm on your desk, or play any solo instrument to capture your musical ideas as they come. Then use the Melody- or Drums-to-MIDI feature to turn your recordings into MIDI clips that you can edit and reuse with any sound.

Capture guitar chords and use them with a synth
Beatbox your drum loop
Record any instrument to create melodies

Get the best results when exporting. Live now renders faster than ever. And rendering quality is dramatically improved when exporting to a lower sample rate.

Exporting now takes advantage of all of your computer's processors, meaning rendering speed can be much faster.

During export, sample-rate conversion is now done using the high-quality SoX Resampler Library, resulting in higher quality exports when rendering to a lower sample rate.

New in Live 9.1: Rendering improvements

Learn how high-quality downsampling improves the sound of your audio.

Max for Live is now included in Suite. Expand and extend your musical possibilities with Max for Live.

Max for Live, based on Cycling 74's Max 6, is now included with Live 9 Suite. Get access to all of the 900+ devices built by the Max for Live community.

Learn more about what's possible with Max for Live

Explore new Suite devices. Get 26 new instruments and effects with Max for Live - including Convolution Reverb and Drum Synth

Because Live 9 Suite comes with Max for Live included, it comes with 26 new devices built with Max for Live. These include synths and effects, but also LFOs, envelopes, note delays and control modifiers to bring new expressive and creative possibilities.

New creative tools in Live 9 Suite

  • Convolution Reverb – capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Convolution Reverb Pro – capture the characteristic reverb of real physical spaces with advanced sound shaping.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Drum Synth – 13 devices to create unique drum and percussion sounds using synthesis.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Mono Sequencer – build MIDI patterns using classical step sequencing.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Buffer Shuffler 2 – chop and reorder incoming audio on the fly.
    Included in Suite.
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  • LFO – an LFO to modulate device parameters.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Envelope Follower – use the envelope of any audio material to control device parameters.
    Included in Suite.
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  • XY Pad - assign any two device parameters using an XY Pad.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Multimap - map control information from other devices to multiple parameters.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Device Randomizer - generate random control parameters to modulate devices or jump start an idea.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Expression Control – modify and map incoming MIDI control information to multiple parameters.
    Included in Suite.
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  • Envelope - an envelope that can be played with incoming MIDI notes.
    Included in Suite.
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  • LFO MIDI - an LFO that can be played with incoming MIDI notes
    Included in Suite.
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  • Note Echo - generate echoes for MIDI notes with delay and feedback control
    Included in Suite.
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Edit the details. Powerful MIDI note manipulation tools and an improved editing workflow help you create new musical ideas fast.

  • Transform MIDI notes

    New controls in the MIDI editor let you quickly invert, reverse, transpose and speed up or slow down selected MIDI notes in a single click.
  • Move notes on and off the grid

    Beats are easier to see when editing, and editing grids are now “sticky,” allowing notes to be freely moved and resized while still snapping when close to grid lines.
  • Stretch MIDI notes

    MIDI Note Stretch markers let you speed up, slow down - or even reverse - selected MIDI notes.
  • Warp clip automation

    Audio clip automation is warped alongside the audio itself. Envelopes in MIDI clips can be stretched using MIDI stretch markers.
  • Edit automation more easily

    Add or remove breakpoints with a single click. Hover the mouse near envelope segments to select and drag them without using a modifier.
  • Add curves to automation

    Hold a modifier while dragging to create and edit curves in automation envelopes.
See some of the refinements to editing in Live 9

Introducing Push. An instrument for song creation.

Learn more

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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.