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Live is fast, fluid and flexible software for music creation and performance. It comes with effects, instruments, sounds and all kinds of creative features—everything you need to make any kind of music.

Create in a traditional linear arrangement, or improvise without the constraints of a timeline in Live’s Session View. Move freely between musical elements and play with ideas, without stopping the music and without breaking your flow.

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Create with Live

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Sketch, tweak and experiment

In Live’s Session View you can freely mix and match musical ideas without the constraints of a timeline. Getting ideas down is lightning fast, and it’s the ideal place for improvisation. You can play MIDI and audio loops of different lengths in any combination, without ever stopping the music.

Watch: Session View

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Get into the details

The Arrangement View is where you can organize music along a timeline. Record multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. Find the best parts of each and stitch them together for the desired final result.

Develop an initial idea or organize your parts to create the right musical flow for your track. You can also simply record everything you do in the Session View into the Arrangement to improvise your way to a finished song.

Watch: Arrangement View

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Get your ideas into Live

Whatever shape inspiration takes, Live gives you the means to seize it. Record hardware synths, software plugins, drum machines, guitars or any audio from the real world. You can now use Capture MIDI to record notes after you’ve played them, turning your most spontaneous ideas (and accidents) into music. And there’s Live’s audio-to-MIDI features, which let you turn drum breaks, and melody or harmony parts into MIDI patterns that you can edit and reuse with your own sounds.

Watch: Audio to MIDI conversion

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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.

Watch: Warping clips

Build your sound with Live’s instruments

Live’s native devices are the foundation of sound design in Live, including wavetable, FM and physical modeling synthesis. Flexible synthesis architectures with intuitive interfaces make deep programming more accessible. And you get more out of your samples with Live’s pair of sampling instruments, thanks to built-in slicing and warping capabilities, multisampled playback and much more.

Wavetable

Wavetable – A new synthesizer for stretching, morphing and shaping waveforms into a rich palette of sound.

Operator

Operator – A versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis.

Simpler

Simpler – An easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parameters.

Effects for shaping ideas, designing sounds and finishing music

Live comes with the devices you need for sparking ideas and shaping your sound. Use Live’s MIDI effects for creative manipulation of your compositions. Or use Live’s audio effects to get the sound you’re looking for: clean up your mix with precision tools, or make a creative mess with analog-modeled noise, distortion and saturation.

Glue Compressor

Glue Compressor – Analog-modeled compressor based on the classic bus compressor from a famous 80s mixing console.

Amp

Amp – Emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers.

Looper

Looper – Records, loops and overdubs audio, based on classic hardware looping pedals.

Spectral Resonator

Spectral Resonator – 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.

Hybrid Reverb

Hybrid Reverb – Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs. Place your sounds in any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality.

Echo

Echo – The sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device.

EQ Eight

EQ Eight – Eight parametric filters with a variety of controls for shaping timbre.

Spectrum

Spectrum – Realtime analysis and visualization of incoming audio.

Scale

Scale – Remaps incoming MIDI notes to different outgoing MIDI notes.

Arpeggiator

Arpeggiator – Takes individual notes from a held chord and plays them as a rhythmical pattern.

MPE Control

MPE Control – Adjust Live’s response to MPE information from your MPE controller.

Sound selections

The sounds for making any kind of music are part of Live. The Core Library—included with all editions of Live—comes with rich collections of vintage synths, analog drum machines, multi-sampled drums, electric pianos and other acoustic instruments. Plus there are Curated Collections, toolkits of curated sounds from selected scenes—Instrument Racks, clips and samples, designed to be molded and shaped into something new.

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Get hands-on using Push

Push is the best way to get hands-on with Live. Compose beats and melodies, slice samples and sculpt sounds. Mix your music and compose entire tracks, all without thinking about your computer. And each update to Live brings new features that mean ever closer integration with Push.

Learn more about Push

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Export your Live Set from iOS apps

Capture ideas wherever you are and take them further in Live—use the new Export Live Set feature, now in a number of iOS apps.

Check out the latest Export-enabled applications

Connect, extend and customize

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Take control

Live is even better when it’s hands-on. Map knobs, faders and buttons to control nearly any parameter. Live works with any MIDI controller and includes instant mappings for a growing number, for instant playability.

See the most popular controllers

Get more sounds, loops and samples

Packs are add-on instruments, effects, loops and sample collections for use in Live. Each Pack is custom-made by premier sound designers, and the contents of the Packs are ready to use, license-free, in your own musical projects.

Discover more Packs available to buy and download

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Customize Live. Connect with the world around it

Max for Live is a software platform that powers a range of Live’s instruments and effects. You can use it to customize devices, create your own from scratch and even change the way Live works. Or open up a world of possibilities and connect to lights, cameras, sensors, surround sound setups and more.

Learn more about Max for Live

Perform with Live

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The hub for your performance

Use Live to pull your show together. Control external hardware, integrate outboard effects or mixing desks. Improvise on your own, resample sounds in real-time, or process audio played by others. If you’re playing with multiple music applications, our technology Link can keep multiple devices in perfect time over the same network.

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Make every show unique

One of the things that makes Live so ideal for performance is its flexibility. You can design your own unique combinations of instruments and effects, and use up to 16 Macro knobs to control any number of parameters. Find settings you like and save them as Macro snapshots for instant recall.

On stage you can trigger, resequence and remix your music in real time. And use flexible MIDI mapping to set up almost any part of Live for hands-on tweaking with your controller.

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Tempo Following

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. When you DJ, you can even turn Live into a tempo-synced FX box.

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For any stage

Whether they’re on-stage solo or as part of a band, artists depend on Live for orchestrating their performances. Some even go beyond sound: using Max for Live to control visual projections or light installations in sync with their music, connecting to sensors and much more.

A community of Live users

Live users from all over the world create amazing things and share what they know. Here’s a taste of what they’ve been up to lately.

Artists

Artists

We sit down with artists from a variety of music genres to discuss their process and how they use Live to bring their musical vision to life.

Read artist interviews >

One Thing

One Thing

Our monthly video series in which producers, composers and other artists share bite-sized creative tips.

Watch One Thing episodes >

UserGroups

User Groups

Ableton User Groups are a great way to meet up with and learn from Live enthusiasts from all backgrounds and experience levels.

Find an Ableton User Group near you >

CertifiedTrainer

Certified Trainers

Ableton Certified Trainers are educators, producers, engineers, musicians and consultants who specialize in helping the world make music with Live.

Find an Ableton Certified Trainer in your area >

Loop

Loop

A summit for music makers where music, technology and culture meet. Learn about the music of a particular scene or region, get more insight into specific music-making tools, watch artist performances and much more.

See more from Loop >

Tutorials

Tutorials

Inspiring learning resources available online for free to get you started with Live or help you add to your musical skill set.

Browse the tutorials >

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