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A quantum leap in Live performance!
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.
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 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.
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I have bought three different M-Audio interfaces over the years, each of which came with a lite version of Ableton Live. I haven't bothered with the full version, because I use it for only three things: guitar lessons, quickie song demos, and simple backing tracks which usually consist of only bass and drums. For these utilities it is unbeatable. For lessons, it gives me a host for a cheap VST guitar amp modeler that is good enough to impress my students, plus I record quickie samples for them to practice, or to illustrate real-world applications of what they are learning. For song demos, Live is the ultimate tool, because I can flesh out harmony and form with rapidly made drum loops and bass, then go back and fill in guitar and vocals with very little effort; the only thing that could possibly make it better for that would be a score view to print out my bass line so I wouldn't even have to remember what I did on the first pass, but that's nitpicking. For backing tracks, I like it as well as the [fully automatic] accepted standard for woodshedding. Live lets me play in drum and bass loops with a little feeling, which goes a long way toward making practice more musical IMO. For actual audio production (demos, home recording) I use Sonar, because the tool set seems deeper, more powerful; but for getting a tune sounding good QUICKLY, Live is the ultimate. I would buy the full version if it were a little cheaper. The current price is too much IMO for something that I only use as a para-musical utility. As a DAW for professional music production, I think the tools are geared toward a simplistic conception of music, or at best, one in which recordings are not based on the performance of an ensemble - not the way I think of it. Live is the best for a few special utilities, though.
i haven't tried many recording programs but when i started it up and got it running it was very simple to use and all the buttons you need are right there and there is no extra crap that gets in your way.effects on the side is a very nice feature. and to be able to have 2 different views of the sequences is a very usefull feature
I've had this program for a couple of days now and even though I'm pretty new to the song writing business, the learning curve was not as steep as I expected and now I can enjoy putting simple drum loops and bass lines in for improv sessions with the help of foot pedals. I like that I can select the timing of the recording while the loop is on with any external device (such as a foot pedal) so I don't have to drop my instrument (like a guitar) to use the mouse. Overall a very cool program.
I have used Sonar and Acid Pro, Cubase and Tracktion and... Live. Germans did it again! This is what I always wanted my DAW to be, flawless. GUI is the best outthere, no 3d nonsense(come on, computer monitor is 2d), so well organized, neat, stable, flexible, packed with fx! My only comlaint is their authorization method(like most today), and only two computers support.
In my recording experience, I've used Cubase, Neundo, Pro Tools LE 7, then this. I have to say this, by far, is my favorite for several reasons. The interface is smooth, and user friendly, really easy to learn. I like both of the views, both the vertical and horizontal, however the horizontal serves better for what I do. I've used this applicated both in the studio, and on stage and it has never failed me. Live has a really awesome array of built in effects that I also love. I enjoy using Live 6 along with the Presonus Firepod much better than I do Pro Tools and the Mbox. It's easier, faster, not so hard on your processor, and it's also priced very well for everything it has. Whether or not you're new or experienced in recording, this should be your first, last, and only sequencer.