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Ableton Live 8 Education Edition - Full Version

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This specially priced Education Edition of Ableton Live 8 lets educators show students the capabilities of a professional music production software used by many artists who create and share their music. One of the ways Ableton Live 8 software gives songwriters and DJ's the advantage, especially in the live setting, is its two main views which allo...  Click To Read More About This Product

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This specially priced Education Edition of Ableton Live 8 lets educators show students the capabilities of a professional music production software used by many artists who create and share their music.

One of the ways Ableton Live 8 software gives songwriters and DJ's the advantage, especially in the live setting, is its two main views which allow all work to be done within a single application. The Session View is essentially a musical scratch pad. Ideas can be worked out and you can 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 is simple and basic enough to make your tasks simple and efficient, which is especially useful during a live performance. This makes the software a perfect tool for studios, beat creators, DJs, sound designers, and anyone who wants to create music in a fun and easy way.

Version 8 enhances Ableton software's vision of creative, real-time digital music with a wealth of improved techniques, effects, and workflow improvements:

New groove engine
Groove patterns can add life and swing to straight sequences. Live 8's new 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.

New warping engine
Live 8 Education Edition 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 a completely new 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.

Ableton Live 8 includes five powerful effects not found in earlier versions: 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.


  • One user license at a special price for schools
  • New for Ableton Live 8 Education Edition
      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 lastique 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, runs as Slave or Master
      • 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
      • A selection of loops
      • Essential Instrument Collection 2: acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, bass, drums, orchestral instruments, and more
      • The installation size of the Essential Instrument Collection is 15GB
      System Requirements
      • 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended) DVD-ROM drive, QuickTime
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      Great Tool for Songwriting

      By Michael

      from Mountain View

      Ableton Live is a great tool for songwriting! It is mostly used by the techno / hip hop crowd, but I use it mainly as a scratchpad for writing guitar riffs and putting those together to songs. Much more convenient than a looper (there is one build in, if you still need one). The matrix view is where the magic is! The Edu pricing is of course very attractive, even if you (like me) don't use the virtual instruments and only some of the effects.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      2 easy

      By Jerry Cash

      from kennesaw, Ga,

      I use Live 8 an not the Education Edition but it's the same. When I got Live 8 it just blew my mind how easy it was 2 use, if u have the right sample packs that fit ur needs. I like the vocoder alot on Ableton, I like that u don't need 2 go out an get a real expensive midi controller/keyboard, an i like that it's just endless things u can do with Live 8. If u an a friend r working on a track an both of u have Ableton an the same sample packs u can send them the track an they can work on it...1 to 10 I'd give Live 8 a +10

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      the bees knees!!!

      By paul

      from texas

      It seems to be made really well. It's easy on the eys and stable if your computer has good specs. If not, which is my case, it can be kinda slow. I've had the cpu reach 500%, but I'm certain that's because of bloody windows xp. It boosts creativity and is easy to use. That's a 10 for me. Not only can you produce electronic music; you can do multitrack recording and create mixes. It's extremely fun to use, like nothing else. I find it really easy to get cool sounds from it. The manipulation options and included effects are brilliant It's slightly difficult to begin with, because of the unconvential way it's laid out. The included tutorials help quite a lot and once you get the hang of things, other DAWs seem awkward. I LOVE using this program, because it's so smooth. It lacks note scores, track folders and a couple of other things which I would really like. I reckon this will come eventually, as Ableton listen to their users. I can see myself using this program a lot in the following years.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Abelton is it for me!

      By Nathan

      from Jacksonville, FL

      Wow... I am glad I found ableton when I did. I have used Reaper, Cubase, Reason, and Protools. Ableton is the perfect tool to write songs and play them out. Just add a TriggerFinger, Launchpad, or if you are rich a Jazzmutant Lemur. Everyone is using it, Plasticman, Pretty Lights, Glitchmob. The quality is not as good as Protools or Cubase, but those are more instudio DAW, where Abelton is more of a real world application. If Ableton had 10 stars, I would pick it. Love Love Love!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Ableton Live 8 Edu

      By Mitch Bohannon

      from Dayton, TX

      I purchased Ableton Live 8 for the purpose of adding click and guide tracks on stage at church. For my purposes, it worked so much smoother than Reason. It is fully controllable and flexible when used live on stage. Setup is easy -- i wouldn't go without it!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Great work station

      By spiff89

      from Ohio

      This software is pretty much awesome. I use it for making drum fills when i am writing ideas for guitar. There is alot of tools to work with and takes a little bit of learning curve. But great for recording and over dubbing.

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