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All user reviews of 3/5 for the Ableton Live 8

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  • 05/14/09Ableton Live 8: The Test

    Ableton Live 8: The Test - Live 8: Long Live Ableton

    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.

Users reviews

polishdog90's review"Good for creative mixing"

Ableton Live 8
There was no comparability issues on my Mac. It was a pretty simple put in the disc and install situation. If you've installed a program before you should have no trouble with this one. The general layout of the program is pretty easy to navigate as well. There was a little bit of a learning curve but that's usual for a new program. It took some messing around with the song block feature of the program to achieve results but once you get the hang of it it's simple.


Firstly, I'm running this on a Macbook Pro OSX 10.6.8 with 2.4Ghz processor and 2 GBs of ram. I've never had any issues mixing or tracking with the software. I've only recorded 8 tracks at a time but everything went smoothly. I've mixed with somewhere around 30 tracks without any crashes. I've used several plug ins and they all worked fine. No complaints from me in the performance category.


I really like Ableton for writing music on the computer. The song block, looping, and live mixing make it really easy to have a creative flow. As for tracking and mixing a live band, I prefer Pro Tools or Logic. I just think the tracking and mixing layouts are nicer and the programs themselves sound better. Ableton is super nice for electronic music and live performance. You can easily splice a song and add/subtract parts in real time. This makes DJing exciting and easy. It also makes it really easy to write while recording. You just start a loop and keep adding things until your ready to move on to another part. It was a pretty good deal for the price but if I didn't make electronic music I would hardly use this program at all. Most of the time I end up slaving reason to pro tools for recording and production.

Anonyme-x22's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Proffessional tool"

Ableton Live 8
The installation is done it without problems? yes
The general configuration is easy? yes
Have you experienced any incompatibilities? yes
The manual is clear and sufficient? yes


What is the configuration of your computer? D960, 2GB, HD500Go, ESI ESP1010E
The software works he correctly on this configuration? yes and no
This software + hardware is stable? yes


How long have you use it? 4 years
Have you tried many other models before buying it? tracker, Fruityloops, Ableton Live.
What is so special that you like most and least?
Plus: Session Mode
The least: the internal mix bus.

Personally, I would say it was a good start, but not really listening to the needs of users put together, it starts to become a bit cumbersome and outdated, inflexible on certain points, especially the estuaries ergonomic (127 parameters Simultaneous per instance of plug ins. no multi screen, real-latency not available, some intuitive mapping twelve o'clock and not editable envelopes twelve o'clock management very basic, no sysex, no remapping DC, has long load when many of these effects are used . no changes to preset effects, can become a gas plant, etc ...)

How would you rate the quality / price? not great.
With experience, you do again this choice? yes

ludande's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" has everything to do - if you control - hard to do without"

Ableton Live 8
PC - I've never had a problem installing. I LIVE since version 7 and I probably install 10 updates, no worries


PC dual-core HD 2.16Gb 7200T/min
Map M-Audio Firewire and PCMCIA Echo Indigo
If the PC is 'tuned' to the sound, it runs really well, even with my config which starts dating.
I still had a crash on a live 20 live.


point 'black'
This is a 32-bit. So - it slows the future
The VST host does not let the OSC protocol natively.
M4L. Max is paying for Live.

That may be my sound card - but the sound is digital, it was beautiful tent analog type plugins - it remains a hard sound!

the good thing - is that you can almost do anything with - just to think, to read the manual and forums.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ableton Live 8
easy installation .. but my Synthogy Piano VST plug planting live when the scan. While Nuendo supports trs well.
I tried everything synchrosoft day, vst days ... good live plant at the same time is not the plug that I use live but we had to remove it to install live: P


good is the same opinion as I live 7 did not think there really a performance gain, just need a good computer.


Well that's great and everything is not ok ... soft equivalent I have not used a lot but I dj disappointment that everybody talks about: (no sysex for example to toy with a plug goes, but for those with synths same limit is when unsoft "pro".)

Another thing, I just opened a small set with absynth (day) ... crash ... So I imagine a good live a quiet area.
may be I will go back the notes if I insure my config but for now I have a small edge on these small dception crashes.