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
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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