« Great for live use »Published on 08/03/11 at 11:10
Ableton can do a lot of things. I use it in live situations for triggering loops and minor synth use. I use the novation launchpad along with an axiom keyboard. Basically, I use the sets in ableton as songs and use the launchpad to trigger them. I also have a couple of live synths running which I use the axiom to play.
Performance is bulletproof. Ableton is the most stable program I've ever used. It simply won't crash. And believe me, I've tried. It plays well with everything. Even VST's. I've used it for a few years now. The introduction of the launchpad made things a lot easier for me because I was simply using a mouse before, which takes too long.
The forte of this program is that it's lightweight, flexible, fast, and effective. It's not trying to be a fancy recording suite, although if you so desire it can do a surprising amount in that regard. In a live situation it has no equal. For looping and lightweight synth/beats it's really a no brainer. It's probably best meant to be used by bands or musicians who are producers second and stage guys first. While I consider myself both, I like the fact that I can teach someone to use ableton in a few hours, which I've done many times. It's also just a good value in general. I recommend getting the suite. The extras are worth it.