Live 9 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite.
The editions share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, Instruments, Packs and Effects.
Here are the features common to all editions of Live 9:
- Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation
- Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
- Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
- Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
- Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
- Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project
- Group tracks
- VST and Audio Unit support
- Time signature changes
- Multiple automation lanes
- Track Freeze
- Automatic plug-in delay compensation
- MIDI remote control instant mapping
- MIDI output to hardware synths
- MIDI Clock/sync
- Multicore/multiprocessor support
- WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
Live 9 Suite from Ableton is a solid update to the company's "think different" DAW software that is particularly popular with electronic and beat making creators. Two GUI views include a traditional, vertical-track display with time moving from left to right (Arrangement View), while the Session View is a place for experimentation that provides room for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas without the constraints of the timeline. The top of the line version includes 9 instruments, 40 effects, over 3,000 sounds, along with Max for Live with its 24 Instruments and effects and further access to over 900 devices.
Aside from the particular way of presenting the creative process, the software also includes standard features such as unlimited multi-track recording with up to 32-bit/192 kHz resolution with nondestructive editing and unlimited undo. Essential automatic plug-in delay compensation is available, along with multiple automation lanes and track freezing for conserving DSP. Warping and real-time, time-stretch processing can be applied to any clips, and unlimited instruments, audio effects and MIDI effects can be utilized per project.
MIDI sequencing, remote control instant mapping, and MIDI output to hardware MIDI devices allows the software to play a central role in any studio situation. New in Live 9 is an audio-to-MIDI functionality that can extract musical ideas from samples, or convert drum-breaks with the Drums-to-MIDI feature and reuse them with custom sounds. MIDI clock synchronization and ReWire ensures that the software functions with external hardware and software.
Max for Live is based on cycling74's Max 6 software and comes with a collection of instruments, effects, and tools. Users can create custom versions along with the ability to access more devices from a community of artists who share their creations. Every Max for Live device is ready to use and can also be edited and customized to suit specific needs. Each device includes an edit button, which when engaged, displays how it was constructed and allows for further modification. Additionally, Max for Live comes with a collection of Live's native interface elements that allows for building devices that look and feel like Live.
The software supports multi-core and multiprocessor computer configurations, and includes support for WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file formats. The software functions under both Mac and Windows operating systems.
- Unlimited Audio Tracks
- Unlimited MIDI Tracks
- 9 Instruments, 40 Effects, Max for Live
- 24 Max for Live Instruments and Effects
- Over 3,000 Production-Ready Sounds
- Glue Compressor and Updated Effects
- Record Automation into Clips
- Audio to MIDI
- Sounds Browser
- Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7/8