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Ableton Suite 8 is a software package that gives you a rich world of sound, perfectly complementing the music production tools and features in Live 8, including 10 virtual synthesizers and a huge coll... Click To Read More About This Product

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Ableton Suite 8 is a software package that gives you a rich world of sound, perfectly complementing the music production tools and features in Live 8, including 10 virtual synthesizers and a huge collection of multi-sample instruments and drums. These include Sampler (sampler), Operator (frequency modulation synth), Electric (classic electronic piano emulator), Collision (physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion Tension (physical modeling string synth), Analog (vintage analog synth emulator), Drum Machines (classic drum machine sounds), Session Drums (acoustic drums), and Essential Instrument Collection 2 (wide range of acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, bass, drums, orchestral instruments, and more), and Latin Percussion (Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and African acoustic percussion instruments).

New for Suite 8
World-class Sample Library
With the creative professional in mind, Ableton has put together a well-balanced and comprehensive tool set, including synthesis, real-world "Sound Objects," presets, grooves, templates and, above all, a wide-ranging set of beautiful sounds into the Ableton Suite 8 library. They worked with some of the world's top sound designers to create a comprehensive set of truly useful, high-end sounds, each one an instrument in its own right, for a total of 1,600 expressive sounds that are new to the line. The sounds are provided as instrument Racks with a finely calibrated combination of instruments and effects. No need to be quiet in this library.

Collision is a unique virtual instrument for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion. Co-developed with AAS, it uses physical modeling technology to reproduce real-world instruments such as xylophones, marimbas, and glockenspiels, but also provides enough depth to create truly dramatic new instruments and sounds.

Latin Percussion
Latin Percussion is a collection of acoustic percussion instruments such as congas, bongos, timbales, claves, shakers, tambourines, and bells from the worlds of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and African music. It also comes with clips and grooves, so you don't just get the drums, you also get the drummer.

More Operator, more power
Operator, Ableton's renowned do-it-all synthesizer, has been given a major overhaul. Ableton opened up the hood, took a long hard look inside and did some serious hot-rod stuff. New filter types, more modulation routing options, and additive wavetable synthesis with drawable partials make the Operator soft synth more powerful and flexible than ever.

Ableton Live 8

One of the ways Ableton Live software is an advantage to you, especially in the live setting, is its two main views which allow you to do all your work within a single application. The Session View is essentially a musical scratch pad. You can work out new ideas and improvise in a free and easy environment. Each cell in the Session View grid can hold a recording, MIDI file, or any other musical idea, whether they're recorded on the spot or dragged in from the browser. Then you can play your ideas in any order or any time you wish. The Arrangement View takes a more traditional, timeline-based approach to multitrack recording, MIDI sequencing, and other music production tasks. It will record all your actions as you improvise in the Session View, allowing you to edit them whenever you like. Either view you use is simple and basic enough to make your tasks simple and efficient, which is especially useful during a live performance. This makes it a perfect tool for studios, beat creators, DJs, sound designers, and anyone who wants to make music in a fun and easy way.

Live 8 enhances the Ableton vision of creative, real-time digital music with a wealth of new or improved techniques, effects, and workflow improvements:

Dynamite Groove Engine
Groove patterns can add life and swing to straight sequences. Live 8's groove engine lets you apply groove patterns in real time, extract grooves from audio or MIDI sources, and quantize audio and MIDI in real time. It also comes with a new groove library.

Warping Engine
Ableton Live 8 introduces a more direct way of working with warping and some important Warp Mode enhancements. You can now warp audio events by adjusting the events themselves on the timeline. Beats Mode has been updated, and there's also a Complex Warp Mode. Plus, you can slice audio files to MIDI tracks based on transients.

A much-requested feature, the Ableton Looper effect gives you classic sound-on-sound looping without the limitations of a hardware device. Looper is set up for remote operation, so you can record, overdub, undo, and more without touching the computer.

New effects
Live 8 includes five powerful new effects: Vocoder, Multiband Dynamics, Overdrive, Limiter, and Frequency Shifter. These effects cover all the well-known aspects of these devices, but really shine due to some innovative features and enhancements from the Ableton labs.

Features New for Suite 8 Library
  • 1,600 expressive sounds new to the series
  • Library Info Texts: many resources now have descriptive Info Texts explaining the characteristics and structure of the sound or Rack, so you know what the sound is before you load it
  • Versatile configuration options: all instrument racks feature thoughtfully mapped Macro controls for both subtle and dramatic adjustments without the confusion of too much detail
  • New Effect Racks for professional-grade mastering, mixing, and creative sound processing
  • Construction kits: flexible song kits containing loops and phrases in a number of styles
  • Sound Objects Lite: to complement and extend the synthesized sounds, Ableton and SonArte have worked together to produce a tool kit of real-world object recordings for advanced sound design
  • 440 MB of abstract, experimental loops from renowned music software pioneers Cycling '74
  • 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
  • Thousands of single-device presets: simple components for making new sounds and exploring synthesis
  • Clearly organized library: all resources organized pragmatically and sensibly
  • Song templates: practical templates for different recording scenarios (e.g. 8-track recording), with pre-configured tracks and routing
  • Comprehensive preset collection includes xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, balaphone, vibraphone and toms
  • Physical modeling synthesis allows you to tweak Collision's parameters in real time
  • Exciter section has two oscillators. The first models the "beater," or whatever is used to hit the playing surface, The second is a noise oscillator with envelope and multimode filter controls
  • Resonator section features two polyphonic resonators arranged in series or parallel which model the playing surface and any additional resonating body
  • Choose from the following resonator models: beam, marimba, string,
  • membrane, plate, pipe, tube
  • Control hitting and listening positions, decay, brightness, and inharmonics
  • Each resonator type has its own parameters for controlling the virtual shape and size of the resonator, including ratio, opening, and radius
  • Resonators have pitch envelopes featuring two LFOs with multiple modulation types
  • Many parameters can be modulated via key tracking, velocity, and MIDI controllers for expressive, dynamic playing
Latin Percussion
  • 1 GB of carefully sampled percussion covering 107 instruments in 24-bit/48kHz stereo
  • 8 multi-articulation kits and 32 instrument groups provide variety and plenty of potential for customization
  • Kits and instruments are configured as Drum Racks, so it's easy to hook up your hardware and start playing
  • 50 clips of patterns and phrases demonstrating and providing authentic use of the sounds
  • A set of grooves to add some Latin feel to your drum patterns
  • Up to 8 articulations per instrument including Slap, Mute, Flam, Heel, Stick, and Shake
  • Up to 20 velocity layers and up to 4 alternating hits per instrument for dynamic and authentic playing
  • Now you can draw your own waveforms by adjusting the amplitudes of each oscillator's harmonics and edit the built-in waveforms
  • Feedback is now available for all oscillators that are not being modulated by another oscillator
  • New ladder modes and SVF filters bring the total number of Operator's filter types to 14
  • Added a frequency response curve view in the filter display and an integrated waveshaper in the filter, featuring an adjustable drive amount and four curve shapes
  • The filter, LFO, and pitch envelopes now feature adjustable slopes, like those found in Sampler
  • New MIDI modulation section in the global display with multiple destination and amount settings for five MIDI control sources
  • New modulation options for the LFO and pitch envelope
New for Live 8 New Groove Engine
  • Apply groove patterns to any audio or MIDI clips in real time
  • Change the feel of the whole piece or just selected clips
  • Choose from an extensive library of groove patterns, captured from songs played by some of music's most original, expressive, and soulful drummers
  • Extract groove patterns from any audio or MIDI source to build your own groove library from your favorite tracks
  • Quantize audio and MIDI in real time: non-destructive velocity and timing adjustments for rhythmic correction
  • Randomize audio and MIDI timing for a more human feel
New Warping Engine
  • Intuitive warping allows you to adjust events on the timeline instead of stretching and squeezing the timeline around the events
  • Transient handles analyze and assign handles to the transients in audio files automatically
  • Slice by transient: slice audio to MIDI-based on Live 8's new transient analysis
  • Enhanced Beats Warp Mode for improved warping of percussive material and new control options
  • Improved Complex Warp Mode using élastique Pro for warping complex, polyphonic material with fewer artifacts
  • Set up for remote operation so you can record, overdub, undo, and more using a single footswitch (not included) and without touching the computer
  • Endless overdubs, tape-loop style for infinite improv jams
  • First loop sync: Live reads the tempo from the length of the first loop you record and automatically syncs up to eliminate timing issues and let you record without the click
  • Simple loop management: drag-and-drop a loop from Looper into a clip slot to make a clip; drag a clip back again to reload it into Looper
  • Multiple Looper sync lets you run as many Loopers as you want without any synchronization headaches
5 New Effects
  • Vocoder is classic vocoding plus advanced, intricate control for flexibility and rich sound design
  • Multiband Dynamics: effective processing plus a refreshing approach to visualizing the dynamics involved lets you really see and hear what's going on
  • Overdrive: models the circuits found in legendary stompboxes and forms a perfect complement to Saturator and Dynamic Tube
  • Limiter: an effective brick-wall limiter that will keep your peaks in check
  • Frequency Shifter: frequency shifting and ring modulation for flange effects, atonal harmonics, and the sound of 50s science fiction
Workflow enhancements
  • Crossfades in Arrangement View for real-time, non-destructive crossfades, neatly integrated into Live's familiar workflow.
  • The enhanced MIDI editor now features step recording, an insert marker, and editing improvements.
  • Group tracks let you group selected tracks (e.g. a group for drum tracks or a group for all backing vocals), and each group works like a separate mix buss with its own effects and routing settings
  • Collapse grouped tracks to preserve screen real estate.
  • Multi-parameter manipulation
  • Magnify the user interface for optimal visibility on dark stages or hi-res screens and zoom out for the big picture
  • Browser waveform display: Audio and MIDI browser preview now with waveform display and scrubbing for more informed browsing and file selection
  • Improved configuration and control for plug-ins with numerous parameters.
Other features
  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192kHz
  • Complete nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files for improvisation and instant remixing
  • A comprehensive selection of built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors, and EQs
  • Built-in software instruments: Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, Impulse for sampled drums
  • Instrument-, Drum-, Effect Racks for creating and managing complex performance setups, drum kits, and multi-effects
  • VST and AU effects and instruments support; automatic plug-in delay compensation
  • REX file support and native sliced audio file creation
  • Video import and export for scoring to picture or warping picture to music
  • Realtime control of parameters with any MIDI controller—just MIDI-map it or choose from a list of popular supported controllers for instant mapping
  • Full ReWire support
  • Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
  • Multicore and multiprocessor support
  • Extensive built-in step-by-step tutorials
  • Localized software menus, tutorials, and PDF reference manuals available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese
  • Printed reference manual in English, Spanish, French, German, or Japanese
Other Included Instruments
  • Sampler: for powerful multisample playback and import
  • Operator: frequency modulation synthesizer
  • Electric: classic electric piano emulator using physical modeling synthesis
  • Tension: physical modeling string synthesizer
  • Analog: vintage analog synth emulator
  • Drum Machines: a choice collection of reproduced classic drum machines
  • Session Drums: multisampled library of acoustic drums
  • System requirements
  • The installation size of the boxed version of Ableton Suite 8 is 48GB
  • Mac:
  • 1.8GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 2GB RAM (4GB recommended, if supported by your computer), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), DVD-ROM drive
  • Windows: 2GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 2GB RAM (4GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7), Windows XP (home or Pro), Windows Vista or Windows 7, sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), DVD-ROM drive, QuickTime recommended
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing software!

By Lucho the Bass MAN

from Florida

100% recommended!
I got this software about 2 years ago it keeps impressing me!
I do not DJ much, i use this software mainly to record my band and other bands through a Focusrite saffire 6 usb.
Well it is extremelly easy, effects are great and my music sound professional and better than ever!
I'm not a computer smart guy and thought I would not be able to figure this out.... So far and for what I do has been the best choice, easy and comprehensive. i haven't go any further than just studio recording, and for this purpose its amazing... i'm sure its also great for creating virtual music and DJ'ing because of the numerous effects and instruments it has... but as I said before I didn't get to that point yet. Support is awesome and there is alot of tutorials on youtube as well.
This product is definitely the best on the market, I've used propeller head, reason, cakewalk etc.... the difference between those and Ableton is day to night. Ableton is the way to go. 100% recommended!
Excellent quality on tracks and mastering!
For what it does it a fair value

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great DAW if it's what you're looking for

By Daniel Richards

from Charlotte, NC

Where to start? I've been using Ableton Live for about 5 - 7 years. I started with Live 5 then 6 then 7 and now 8.0.14 I have extensive experience with Pro Tools, Cubase, and Logic. I like Ableton Live for Live Sets/performances. There isn't anything else on the market that can beat it for that. But for composing it falls a little short. The mixer interface is straightforward. Quick access to all you files, instruments, plug ins, samples, and file access on the left side of the screen. You are able to route things everywhere, pretty typical. Live now has support for side-chaining...that's a perk. So the mixer is solid. It's stable and easy to get around. The arrangement page - this is where this product falls short. First, the entire GUI is ugly in my opinion. There are different skins, some user created, but it looks utilitarian and bland. On the arrangement page you have your tracks and it's controls to the right which I find to be hard to manage stacks of tracks and locating what i'm looking for is often a process. The editing features..automation and envelopes are again difficult to read. There are no "curves" in Live. If you like to edit automation manually you are left short of options. Straight lines only - no curves. For me this is tough and difficult to work with. Any sweep of a control requires many many small lines to create a sort of curve. Or you must manually record the curve which will consist of a bunch of small and straight lines connected at points. To view your mixer from the arrangement page you'll need to tab back to the mixer page. I don't like having to do this because it's something I have to do often. And it's just a pain. That being said, it's stable. Even on PC. The sound quality is very good. The plug ins get the job done. There are some creative effects that come with Live that are nice. The sampler that comes with is simple to use and works well. Drum Rack is also simple, feature packed, and functions very well. Operator, a soft synth with Live, sounds very good too. Live now has Live Racks which allow you to build racks and save them to recall in future work. Nice feature. Live also gives you macro control over any control parameter. So off of one macro control you can control say... Filter Freq. and your a Delay feedback off just one knob. Nice feature. Ableton Live is a solid DAW. For a live performance it's fantastic. But if purchasing for arrangements it falls short and, for me, inhibits the creative flow. I don't use Ableton Live for compositions any longer. I started with Cakewalk a decade ago but didn't use it for long. Cubase for many years. Them pro tools and logic. I started using Ableton Live as my main DAW so that I could get to know it well and teach myself to use it as best as I could. Now i'm pretty much using Logic only these days. But for live performance of electronic music I build the set in Live. Great piece of kit if you are thinking of taking your sound on the stage and produce electronic music or DJ. But for writing and composing a piece i'd go in another direction.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


the best.

By connor

from anthony, Kansas

I bought this to produce electronic music like dubstep and it's perfect! It's easy to use and understand! The built in intruments are great and you can get really crazy with them!!! However, you might want a fairly fast computer.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent product!

By Ken Pool

from Linden, Michigan

Bought the Live LE version from the store and upgraded to the full version later ... this is a great product. You can use the keyboard on your computer or the USB port (works better with the updated MIDI driver from the net) to quickly compose your arrangement. I used this product with my laptop when the band is on the road to quickly put down my thoughts and it works great. Thanks for a great product Ableton!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By Landon Nied

from Stevens Point, WI

I recently acquired this software, after upgrading from Ableton Live Lite 7 Line 6 Edition, which I recieved free with the Line 6 UX2 recording interface. Now, Live Lite was ok, but the limit of tracks and plug-ins made recording quality songs impossible. I was completely blown away by Ableton Suite 8 Full Version, because of its incredible interface, plug-in compatibility, and smoothness. The virtual instruments really blew me away, due to the incredible realism. My friend uses Pro Tools, and I would choose this software over the best Pro Tools any day.

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