Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you'd rather be "making music" than just "using music software," Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor.
Thanks to its unique real-time features, Live opens up entirely new worlds of creative expression. Mix any number of tracks and loops, remix on the fly, capture audio loops in real time from decks and other external sources, incorporate your own productions into the mix, and much more. Whether it's the center of your DJing rig or a creative addition to your existing setup, Live brings fresh possibilities to DJing.
Record perfectly cut loops on the fly, mix and match audio of any tempo, and add effects, all without ever stopping the music: Everything happens in real time. Follow your inspiration and use your time more creatively, instead of spending it converting sample rates, calculating tempos, editing loops and routing complicated effect chains. Live keeps the music flowing and gives you back your creative time.
Live is a musical sketch pad that quickly and easily lets you try out new ideas and capture those you like for later use. From Live Clips to Racks and its powerful browsing capabilities, Live encourages experimentation and makes sure that no good idea ever gets away.
Live defies the boundaries of traditional timeline-based applications. Drag and drop, record new ideas on the fly, play back your ideas in any order and at any moment you wish, all without the restrictions of a linear timeline. Live's escape from the timeline-only paradigm is the original concept that brought it such renown as a stage-performance tool. And Live's unique nonlinear approach has made it a staple in studios of all sizes around the globe.