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General Sequencer from Ableton belonging to the Live 8 series.

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Live 8: Long Live Ableton

Ableton Live 8: The Test

Ableton's Live has been with us for some time now and since it’s initial release in 2001 it has proudly sported a simple one window interface and transparent ’no frills’ operation. This simplicity initially led some producers and musicians to believe it was perhaps a step down from other more complex DAWs, but seven years down the line Live has more than stood the test of time. Read more…
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  • The best sequencer!

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 09/22/13 at 14:39
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    Installation really do this without any problem! Install on Windows 7 since 2010 and no incompatibility, configuration make it easy, there has to be a support for each option, then I agree that it takes a little know the words, but it's really easy once you put your hands in!
    The manual is just perfect, because help is on the software for live use, I do not see how we can do better!

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    So I use two computers, a laptop for my lives in concerts, and a tower to compose these lives, so I'll give the config of both!
    Portable Computer: round:
    -Windows 7-Windows 7
    Processor I3-M350 2.27GHz Processor I5-3470 3.60 GHz
    -4GB of RAM -8 GB Ram

    Here I put the......
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    Installation really do this without any problem! Install on Windows 7 since 2010 and no incompatibility, configuration make it easy, there has to be a support for each option, then I agree that it takes a little know the words, but it's really easy once you put your hands in!
    The manual is just perfect, because help is on the software for live use, I do not see how we can do better!

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    So I use two computers, a laptop for my lives in concerts, and a tower to compose these lives, so I'll give the config of both!
    Portable Computer: round:
    -Windows 7-Windows 7
    Processor I3-M350 2.27GHz Processor I5-3470 3.60 GHz
    -4GB of RAM -8 GB Ram

    Here I put the three main things to know, the operating system, processor and ram system, three really important things for using ableton!
    So for compositions live with the tower I have no problem, my setup is more than enough, so no freeze or lock processor, then nothing, knowing that I use apc 40 and 49 mpk and a map its outer!
    To live in concert I also connects all these components in my pc, the good config are not high enough, so I'm forced to freeze the tracks that I live in does not change, and I can easily go up to 43 % cpu usage which is beginning to be too much for a laptop, so I think change soon, because it's a bit annoying to have to freeze tracks each time, and was always afraid that the cpu overheating and the computer turns off! But are not the fault of the software, you just know that a good pc configuration is recommended!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years, I try Fruity Loops, Cubase, but not nothing doing there Ableton it is my favorite, with its session-I really like!
    There is nothing I hate all is, we need every tool, the integrated live sound effects really perfect, then he must of course add virtual instrument, because they live are not really good, they are interesting, but we quickly made the rounds after this severe must cling if you want to use their instrument without basic preset!
    Then the value for money is, yes it is a very expensive software, but I think that there is a lot of work behind, and I understand that high price! I redo exactly the same choice!
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  • Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 03/23/13 at 06:01
    Sonic Academy's Ableton 8 Suite is compatible with different working platforms like Windows Xp , Vista , 7 and MAC.

    The manual that is incorporated with the software is well detailed covering a lot of subjects regarding the working process.

    The general setup of the program is quite straight forward , it's easy and fast to manage it.

    The typical functions are well placed , you get a decent browser in the left upper corner that can give you some direction.



    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software works very good , the program is stable , everything is well designed.

    I'm getting very good results while using Ableton , my composition level improved , my sound design improved ,......
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    Sonic Academy's Ableton 8 Suite is compatible with different working platforms like Windows Xp , Vista , 7 and MAC.

    The manual that is incorporated with the software is well detailed covering a lot of subjects regarding the working process.

    The general setup of the program is quite straight forward , it's easy and fast to manage it.

    The typical functions are well placed , you get a decent browser in the left upper corner that can give you some direction.



    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software works very good , the program is stable , everything is well designed.

    I'm getting very good results while using Ableton , my composition level improved , my sound design improved , everything is great.

    I've been using Ableton Live 8 for about 2 years.

    OVERALL OPINION

    What I like most about Ableton is the great interface , the session and arrangement view , the vst compatibility and complex automation lines.
    Another thing to mention is the advanced warping and live stretching , the full vst support , the build-in effects and sounds are also top notch.

    I also like the Operator that comes with Suite , that powerful synth machine can emulate every known sound to man.

    Something that's quite unique in Ableton , is the freeze feature , that way you can create audio from midi data very fast which would help with your cpu resources.

    My opinion about the value for the price is good , this DAW is one of the leader in the music industry , you can buy it for 500 $.

    Precision and quality of the sound is 10/10 , some producers say that the Ableton's EQ erase some quality from the frequency range , in my experience , that's not the case.

    I've tried several DAW , Ableton got a special place in my heart as being the most useful and pleasant one.

    Knowing what I know, I would buy Ableton again.
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  • Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 02/24/13 at 11:49
    There weren't any kind of compatibility issues , the program works on any platform like Windows XP, Windows Seven or a MAC OS.
    The book provided by the program was quite clear and you get a quite detailed and powerful understanding of the program.
    General configuration and setup is easy and it doesn't require any additional tasks.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software works correctly , fast and pro.
    Regarding the functions and the performances , I must mention that all the functions and features are working on a high level , and Ableton's functions are well thought and made by Sonic Academy.

    OVERALL OPINION

    What I like most about it beside the pro design and that powerful white design......
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    There weren't any kind of compatibility issues , the program works on any platform like Windows XP, Windows Seven or a MAC OS.
    The book provided by the program was quite clear and you get a quite detailed and powerful understanding of the program.
    General configuration and setup is easy and it doesn't require any additional tasks.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software works correctly , fast and pro.
    Regarding the functions and the performances , I must mention that all the functions and features are working on a high level , and Ableton's functions are well thought and made by Sonic Academy.

    OVERALL OPINION

    What I like most about it beside the pro design and that powerful white design , the instruments provided with the program are great , the sampler , the simpler and of course the Operator , which is a very powerful machine where you can emulate a whole specter of sounds starting from bass to drums.

    I also do enjoy the way the program works , in two separate ways , either session view or arrangement view , both of them has their own purpose and use.
    Another great thing about Ableton are the multi effects racks , which are very handy and high quality.

    My opinion about the value of the price is great , this product included a lot of features and plugins , it has vst support , it's worth the money without a doubt.

    Precision and quality of the sound is pretty perfect , the only times where Ableton lacks perfection is when it cracks , which isn't very often but still , beside that , quality and precision is 10/10.

    I've tried several Daw's , Ableton has its own ways and features which makes one of the most used Daw's out there.

    Knowing what I know , I would get Ableton Suite that comes to the music world with a wide variety of plugins , features and effects.
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  • upgrade

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 11/13/12 at 23:26
    Ableton Live 8.2 is the most recent version of Ableton Live. I have been using Ableton for years and I always upgrade when they come out with a new one. You can purchase this brand new if you are not coming from a previous version for 400 bucks which is a steal for everything you are getting with it. You will have a full production studio and workstation at your finger tips. Ableton live 8.2. is great for live performances too.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Setting it up was very quick on my Windows Vista PC. It only took a few minutes but there are not many changes from the previous version. The drivers are very stable and they always have been with Ableton Live. They update the drivers......
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    Ableton Live 8.2 is the most recent version of Ableton Live. I have been using Ableton for years and I always upgrade when they come out with a new one. You can purchase this brand new if you are not coming from a previous version for 400 bucks which is a steal for everything you are getting with it. You will have a full production studio and workstation at your finger tips. Ableton live 8.2. is great for live performances too.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Setting it up was very quick on my Windows Vista PC. It only took a few minutes but there are not many changes from the previous version. The drivers are very stable and they always have been with Ableton Live. They update the drivers often and make sure they do what they can to keep this software running perfectly for all users on any computer Mac or PC.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The sound you get out of Ableton 8.2 is fully up to you. If you are using it for studio purposes then you will love the sequencer and how easy it is to work with other plug ins and software from other providers via rewire. Abelton 8.2 runs great as a host or in another DAW. There are so many uses for it, and if you are new to using it you will have everything you need to get your ideas out fast.
    Most of the plug ins and sounds that come with it are not very good though. You will still need to invest some money into some good quality VST plug ins and some good drum packs. All of the sounds that come with Ableton 8.2 are very basic most like they are in any other programs stock sounds. I am happy that I have upgraded Ableton to 8.2 and will continue to upgrade when they come out with newer versions. This version is not the beta version, it is on the test version either.
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  • It has some great improvements

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 10/30/12 at 22:33
    Ableton Suite 8 is a powerful DAW suite that will take your workflow to the next level. They have made some major upgrades from previous versions of Ableton and they have also upgraded the price! I don’t know why they took the price up so high but it is now 800 dollars for this program. I remember purchasing other version of Ableton in the years past for way less than that.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I do not own Ableton 8 but I do still get to use it a lot. The interface is great, everything is laid out good and easy to find. There are not a lot of sub menu’s to have to navigate through to find what you are looking for. One thing that I like about Ableton that a lot of other programs......
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    Ableton Suite 8 is a powerful DAW suite that will take your workflow to the next level. They have made some major upgrades from previous versions of Ableton and they have also upgraded the price! I don’t know why they took the price up so high but it is now 800 dollars for this program. I remember purchasing other version of Ableton in the years past for way less than that.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I do not own Ableton 8 but I do still get to use it a lot. The interface is great, everything is laid out good and easy to find. There are not a lot of sub menu’s to have to navigate through to find what you are looking for. One thing that I like about Ableton that a lot of other programs don’t offer is how easy it is to use your drums or samples. They can be easily loaded up in Ableton 8 and in previous versions of Ableton.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Ableton 8 does come with some newer effects than I expected. The Vocoder that comes with it is very good, it is almost as good as going out and purchasing an expensive Vocoder from Evo or Antares.
    Ableton 8 can be used on your PC or your Mac computer, it is very versatile. Even if you start a project on a PC you can save the project file and open that same file up on a Mac quickly. You will need to have a newer system though to run Ableton 8. If you are using an XP operating system you could have some issues and it could be really slow when loading plug ins and effects. I would not want to use Ableton 8 on anything under Windows Vista. Also make sure you have at least 2 GB of RAM or it will run really slow no matter what operating system your PC has.
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  • My hands-down favorite DAW

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 06/22/12 at 09:31
    This is hands down the easiest DAW that I have used out of the box. The Ableton Live 8 Suite version is the full experience - 4 discs jam packed with instruments, loops and samples bring to you a choice as to what you want to install and, once you make your selection, is quickly installed by Live 8 itself, further simplifying the process. I am working on a MacBook Pro and the set-up couldn't have been more intuitive. That said, like all other Digital Audio Workstations, Ableton Live 8 has a fairly steep learning curve. However, once hurdled this software is a piece of cake and provides the user with endless options customizing their digital expression of music. Along the way Live 8 makes......
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    This is hands down the easiest DAW that I have used out of the box. The Ableton Live 8 Suite version is the full experience - 4 discs jam packed with instruments, loops and samples bring to you a choice as to what you want to install and, once you make your selection, is quickly installed by Live 8 itself, further simplifying the process. I am working on a MacBook Pro and the set-up couldn't have been more intuitive. That said, like all other Digital Audio Workstations, Ableton Live 8 has a fairly steep learning curve. However, once hurdled this software is a piece of cake and provides the user with endless options customizing their digital expression of music. Along the way Live 8 makes it even easier by providing detailed explanations in the bottom left hand of the screen of any button, knob, setting, or library when the mouse is dragged over it.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Ableton provides the user with endless options for performing live. Personally I trigger clips and samples in the session view using a Novation Launchpad, but always have my sequenced songs ready in the sequencing view in case I make a mistake. Very flexible and capable, Ableton is what you make it in a live performance. The opportunities are available, it is up to the performer to harness them.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall Ableton Live 8 Suite is the top of the line, all things included package that Ableton offers as a Digital Audio Workstation. Able to handle an enormous library of VSTs and instruments it allows versatility to the producer and DJ both and provides an easy to use environment for those new to the art and those more experienced. Although the live set up requires more fine tuning and exposure to the software it is the DAW that I recommend the most and rate the highest.
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  • Perfect.

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 06/21/12 at 04:35
    Ableton Live Suite is a full featured Digital Audio Workstation featuring Midi Support, VST/AU Plugins, Audio I/O and many more features. I have used many Digital Audio Workstations over the years, and I must say this is the best there is. It can be a little difficult and imposing to learn, but when you understand how to work it, it becomes an endless source of inspiration. You can do anything with Live. Slow down and speed up vocals without changing pitch, vocoding, synthesizers, record, mix, master. It is aimed at electronic musicians for the most part. It may seem expensive compared to other DAWs, but I would pay any amount no matter how big they slap on it. Also, Live takes a......
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    Ableton Live Suite is a full featured Digital Audio Workstation featuring Midi Support, VST/AU Plugins, Audio I/O and many more features. I have used many Digital Audio Workstations over the years, and I must say this is the best there is. It can be a little difficult and imposing to learn, but when you understand how to work it, it becomes an endless source of inspiration. You can do anything with Live. Slow down and speed up vocals without changing pitch, vocoding, synthesizers, record, mix, master. It is aimed at electronic musicians for the most part. It may seem expensive compared to other DAWs, but I would pay any amount no matter how big they slap on it. Also, Live takes a completely unique approach to composition, even allowing it to be "played" like an instrument and performed with live - hence the name, Ableton Live.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software is easy as pie to install, open it up, complete the registration and it installs itself. What impressed me most is the fact that this software works perfectly and fast on my 2007 Mac Mini with only 512 mb of RAM. It is the best DAW I have used, and works very well on older systems. I can barely have a text editor and browser open on this computer at the same time without it freezing, but miraculously, Live runs like a charm.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Live is simply an amazing addition to the field of electronic music. It is a whole studio in a program. You can DJ, create, arrange, it supports video, play live, whatever you can possibly imagine. It is of the highest quality. It's not the prettiest but it makes up for that with it's incredible functionality. It's kind of difficult to start out with, as there is a bit of a steep learning curve. It is a bit of a departure form most linear DAWs as it allows for non linear composition. In my opinion, Live is the DAW of the future, and everyone aspiring into electronic music should at least give it a try.
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  • parfais to Live

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 05/07/12 at 01:06
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    -The Installation was no problem although it is a bit long because of the library

    -Easy to configure

    -No compatibility problems on Windows 7 apart from a few vst (i)

    -The manual is fairly complete but well take over the software it is better to watch video tutorials

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Pc-config:
    PC ASUS X52F / Core i3 350M 2.26 GHz / 4GB DDR3 RAM / 500GB HDD 5400T/mn /
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (Build 7601) Service Pack 1

    -The app works perfectly with this config

    -No problem, no bugs, never had a crash

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have used it for about 1 ½ years to see 2 years

    I have tried a lot of DAW before it some of which I still use

    I love the fact......
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    -The Installation was no problem although it is a bit long because of the library

    -Easy to configure

    -No compatibility problems on Windows 7 apart from a few vst (i)

    -The manual is fairly complete but well take over the software it is better to watch video tutorials

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Pc-config:
    PC ASUS X52F / Core i3 350M 2.26 GHz / 4GB DDR3 RAM / 500GB HDD 5400T/mn /
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (Build 7601) Service Pack 1

    -The app works perfectly with this config

    -No problem, no bugs, never had a crash

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have used it for about 1 ½ years to see 2 years

    I have tried a lot of DAW before it some of which I still use

    I love the fact that it can be used for components and for the live

    I found the price quite high but worth it the views of its ability,
    shame MAX4LIVE be optional,
    I definitely rachèterais
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  • Top Notch

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 11/21/11 at 06:40
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    Instalation carefree, a little Longtai but not too much.

    Setup could not be more simple

    For now no incompatibilitbr />
    The manual has the clear air but I 'm almost never used, if it has a habit of daw, there really is no problem in understanding the functioning of live.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I have used with different computer, more or less powerful has always works well. APRS dpend any plug-ins use.
    Currently I use it with my kore1 Controller which sound card, asus laptop with a quad core i7 720 qm and no concern has impeccable work.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have been using it pulled out.

    I possde fruity loops 10, Renoise 2.7.2, but my little prfr's him. for the work......
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    Instalation carefree, a little Longtai but not too much.

    Setup could not be more simple

    For now no incompatibilitbr />
    The manual has the clear air but I 'm almost never used, if it has a habit of daw, there really is no problem in understanding the functioning of live.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    I have used with different computer, more or less powerful has always works well. APRS dpend any plug-ins use.
    Currently I use it with my kore1 Controller which sound card, asus laptop with a quad core i7 720 qm and no concern has impeccable work.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have been using it pulled out.

    I possde fruity loops 10, Renoise 2.7.2, but my little prfr's him. for the work flow is really the ultimate soft, if you couple a small APC40 or Launchpad, or other controller (which is my case) it's magic.
    The report quality price INTERESTED, me I have taken over, but Live 8 would be enough, I use almost no effects live.
    As against this well worth the time, but that is a little expensive that is max for live, with the possibility of cre his own tools and plug-ins that make a real live bomb. yes I remake that choice without problem.
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  • Excellent software!

    Ableton Live 8 SuitePublished on 12/20/11 at 13:11
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Installation trs simple Systm authorization online updates downloads of "packs" of sounds, clips, buckles different from the website, and right now there is a promotion of Nol with 25% discount on rates (this info will be deprecated soon!).

    Simple configuration, and sophisticated time, but the manual is clear, the Leones are intgres idalie to Get You Started.

    No meeting if the incompatibility of the drivers and sound card are that the system date.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Macbook Pro (late 2007), Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, 4 GB Ram, 500 GB internal hard Systm, 7200 rev / min, FW800 external drive, sound card M-Audio ProFire 2626, while rolling perfectly, even if a processor......
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    Installation trs simple Systm authorization online updates downloads of "packs" of sounds, clips, buckles different from the website, and right now there is a promotion of Nol with 25% discount on rates (this info will be deprecated soon!).

    Simple configuration, and sophisticated time, but the manual is clear, the Leones are intgres idalie to Get You Started.

    No meeting if the incompatibility of the drivers and sound card are that the system date.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Macbook Pro (late 2007), Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, 4 GB Ram, 500 GB internal hard Systm, 7200 rev / min, FW800 external drive, sound card M-Audio ProFire 2626, while rolling perfectly, even if a processor latest issue and a larger amount of RAM would allow more projects in the "extreme" ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it professionally on scne since version 5 (and therefore approximately since 2005).
    Also I use Logic Pro for many years, and intgration in Logic and Mainstage via Rewire child is the one, and works perfectly, two.

    Report qualitprix correct, we must try to acqurir of MIDI peripherals (Controller) that intgrent a Lite version, and the purchase becomes possible to "upgrade", a tariff n ' allowing no doubt!
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