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Ableton Live 6 Music Software

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The Ableton Live 6 version 6 extends each aspect of Live”from creation to production to performance”while bringing countless improvements to existing features. From multicore and multiprocessor suppor... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ableton Live 6 version 6 extends each aspect of Live”from creation to production to performance”while bringing countless improvements to existing features. From multicore and multiprocessor support to movie import, device Racks, and an astounding sample collection, Live 6 offers a powerfully expanded palette for your creativity.

The Essential Instrument Collection
Version 6 ships with a multi-gigabyte library of meticulously sampled and selected virtual instruments from the SONiVOX (formerly Sonic Implants) premium collections. The Essential Instrument Collection provides a choice selection of acoustic and electric pianos, orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds, plucked strings, and mallets. Using Ableton's Simpler instrument, which is included with Live 6 creation software, the Essential Instrument Collection is ready to play right out of the box.

Deep Freeze
The new Deep Freeze feature keeps most editing functions available while a track is frozen.

Multicore and Multiprocessor Support
Today's new Macs, and many new PCs, have processors with multiple "cores," providing, in effect, several processors in one chip. In addition, some machines, including older PowerPC Macs and PCs, have multiple processors. Live 6's audio engine takes advantage of these architectures by distributing the computation load from virtual instruments and effects among the multiple cores/processors, resulting in faster, more responsive performance and easier handling of large projects.

Instrument and Effect Racks
A Rack recalls a custom grouping of instruments, effects and plug-ins along with a simplified set of controls for tweaking the sound. The controls allow you to expressively play the Rack without having to deal with its technical intricacies. Within a Rack, you can have parallel device chains, VST/AU plug-ins and even other Racks. Preserve that carefully crafted crunchy guitar effects chain, complex instrument layers and splits, or your favorite arrangement of EQ and compression settings for mastering. Drag and drop to and from the Browser to save and recall your custom Racks.

Project Management Tools
Comprehensive new project management tools help with organization, archiving and transfer of your projects. Live 6 introduces project folders, which let you conveniently organize collections of Live Sets, Live Clips, Racks, presets, and the samples and movie files they are using.

Movie Import
Movie import is one of the most frequently requested features”particularly by film and commercial composers. Live 6's new drag-and-drop movie import makes it easier than ever to improvise, compose and warp music to picture. Use Ableton Live's spontaneous workflow to launch sound effects on the fly, align musical cues using warp markers and much more.

New and Improved Devices

EQ Eight, is a significant upgrade toward a fully featured studio EQ. Not only does it offer up to twice as many independent filter bands, but it also features individual control of left and right channels as well as a mid/side mode for subtle-to-drastic color manipulations of the stereo field, a feature often used by mastering engineers to give productions depth and space.

Dynamic Tube emulates the classic warm distortion sound of vacuum tubes with its unique dynamic behavior, but it's also possible to push the tube characteristics to never-before-heard extremes.

Saturator has been improved with the addition of a true analog saturation curve, a user-definable waveshaper and an optional second output saturator stage. The second saturator stage ensures that the output level never exceeds 0 dB, even if the main saturator makes heavy use of pre/post equalization for dramatic effects using the color controls. For those in search of unique distortion sounds, the waveshaper allows you to create custom curves by adjusting six parameters of a complex mathematical function”a feature perfect for long journeys into sound.

Note Length quantizes the lengths of incoming MIDI notes. In addition, Note Length can be set to generate new notes when incoming notes are released, allowing for the sophisticated emulation of the release behavior of instruments like the piano or the harpsichord (or any synthetic instruments).

Operator has been augmented with a new set of 24 dB filter modes, simplifying the creation of analog subtractive sounds, as well as new FM algorithms for more flexibility in the digital domain, giving you more sonic possibilities than ever.

Version 6 also features important improvements with: MIDI Remote Mapping, Mixing/Recording/Routing, and File Handling.

Pro Coverage
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


The Most Comprehensive Electronica Software

By catostraphix

from New Jersey

As a producer of trance and electro music, I have used a variety of different pieces of musical software, ranging from FL Studio 7.0, Acid Pro 5, Reason 3.0.4 and Pro Tools LE. Regardless, I was never satisfied with the value and outcome of my productions, whereas some software was either not compatable with VST/AU's, where other software was not capable of importing clips, and some could not master its own AudiO Output successfully. Regardless, After purchasing and becoming an avid user of Ableton Live 6, I became fully aware of the multitude of remixing, VST/AU and recording capabilities of this truly revolutionary musical composition software. Highly recommended for any electronica/remix artist.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Look no further!!!!

By Boozie

from Franklin, Ma. U.S.A

This software is simple, yet powerful!! There is so much you can do with this program, I don't know where to begin. The step by step instructions help learn the program and quick! Top notch support. And the instrument collection is great!!! I highly recommend this over anything else! Thank you Line 6!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Ableton Live 6 Is Straight To The Point!


from South Bronx, NY

This is the future of music. I've used everything under the sun (well, almost everything). I am an engineer/producer/musician, that tries to do it all. Live 6 helps me accomplish many goals faster than other programs. Especially the timing thing were you can double the tempo of loops as you play your session. Absoulutey recommend it.

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one of the best products i own and use daily

By fishboisfo

from San Francisco, CA

Having been a Live 3, 4, and 5 user--live 6 and its deep freeze, changes in clip/loop control(s), seemless integration with ALL of my other instruments and DAW system(s), ReWire flexibility, and integrated video component is, in my opinion, a must have for anyone wanting to go from inspiration to a completed bounced track.

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must have

By dankman420

from bay area, cali

I've been trying to get grip of cubase sx, with yamaha mLan total integration for a while now. Bought ableton live the other day and within hours I was able to record audio/midi and trigger midi within ableton. The layout of the software is really good. I call Live, FL on steroids, because you get somewhat the the feel of FL sequencer with some power tools of cubase.


Best for writing, period.

By Lucas

from Los Angeles, CA

Once you get a handle on this software, you can fly. Ableton moves with you; no excessive key commands or mousing, it's fluid, intuitive, and easy. Though it's mostly used for electronica (which I produce), it is also conducive to any other style of music. I've made rock, hip hop, etc. on Ableton, the workflow is the same - fast. However, sound quality is an issue. Ableton's audio engine is not yet perfect. It's a documented problem that it is not 100% faithful to audio input. If you run it through rewire, you can circumvent this problem, so it's no biggie. Been using this for 2 years, tried other DAWs. I will never switch.



By Nate

from San Diego

Probebly one of the best pieces of software available today for production/remixing and most importantly it's Live capabilities. VST's are what make this program so great, so easy to plugin and play. Also the midi controllability is amazing. You can use keyboards/drum machines/mixers to controll the program without ever touching your computer mouse. This program does so much, I learn something new about it every day. This is the future of electronic dance music, so either hop on board or get left behind!

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