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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.

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theaudioandvideoguy's review"pretty basic"

Ableton Live 8
Ableton Live 8 really didn’t seem to much different to me than 7 did. I mean I runs great and did crash or anything just like 7 did, it ran great too. Just didn’t seem like Ableton made many changes with 8. Mainly the interface, I have always had issues with the interface and workflow of Ableton. Its not that its hard to understand just more out of sync to me. Just doesn’t make much since coming from all the other DAW programs on the market. They are all different you can pretty much still find your way around in them. But Abelton has presented some other issues for me.


The program is very stable though, there hasn’t been any issues with Ableton ever for me and I remember using Ableton years ago on my Toshiba laptop and it still worked like a charm.I remember pushing it too the limit and mixing a tone of songs an using just about every effect Ableton has to offer. Still had no issues with it and it is very cpu light (meaning it wont get choppy and glitch on you). I wouldn’t recommend using to many other programs rewired in it. But I love to use Ableton rewired in fl studio now. Its starting to be my bread and butter because some of the instruments and presets that I have in Ableton will always be used in my music.


Overall, very solid program. You can get some good music made in Ableton Live 8 I just don’t really feel the need to use it anymore because my other programs can do so much more than this one can. But I will always hold on to it. I recommend this to a lot of beginners in music programs and mixing and mastering. Or maybe even the “Lite” version of it. Which is almost the same thing just a Little more watered down.

ericthegreat's review

Ableton Live 8
I have been using ableton for a while now, so using 8 was a must upgrade. There are some difference between 8 and previous version of this software . But the set up and upgrade were easy and the manual was very clear. Even though I hate manuals this one wasn’t bad.


Ableton 8 defies almost everything about what I assumed about this program. Unlike 6, 8 is about 30% more effective on the CPU than 6, while being able to handle so much more. This in of itself is hugely impressive because on a good day the batteries on my mac would only last 30mn using 6, with 8 while using more effects, my mac would last 45 to 1 hour operation time. Hard to believe but it's true. Ableton 8 has much more to offer than ever before, and it works more smoothly than 6, occasional glitches here and there, but in all manner of ways it is a huge upgrade from 6. It sounds better, has a very good limiter, a better compressor (that combines compressor 1 and 2 from the earlier versions), an easier tool like Slice To Midi that allows many users to finally do IDM/EDM music in the way it's meant to be done without having to do all the cut and paste that had to be done in 6 just to come close to doing decent to good IDM music. I definitely am eager to see how it works from video aspect. There are some improvements but I haven't yet gotten my hands wet in that dept.


Overall, the improvements that were made from previous versions to ableton 8 are a huge difference. A difference with stability and overall performance. They fixed a few bugs that the program had from version 6 that went into 7. But with Ableton 8 they stopped. Ableton 8 will surprise you!

vincislex's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Brilliant and intuitive"

Ableton Live 8
The installation is done it without problem?
Mac, no worries. Downloaded from Ableton. Instant. I took advantage of a discount point of -33% from Intro Live at Live 8.

Have you encountered any incompatibilities?
The general configuration is easy?
Software "easy" in appearance but very comprehensive and powerful
The manual is clear and sufficient? ..

Downloaded from the website and in French. Complete, clear and very well translated. But it is a "manual" which explains each feature. Follow the tutorials is essential.


What is the configuration of your computer?
Mac Book Pro Dual Core + basic sound card Edirol UA-25
The software runs he correctly on this configuration?
Yep! For my use it's perfect = not dreaming of your armor pieces of virtual instruments on my config. But despite all that is rotating and the limits are broad, though. It depends on your needs.


How long you use it?
2 years + 1 day. I made my weapons on Live Intro (light version) before I decided to upgrade to the full version. I am not disappointed. The differences between the two versions are really interesting ... and I slowly discovered the subtleties.
What is so special that you love the most, least?
More on:
- Interface: While a single screen (it may disturb some). There is not a thousand windows. The sleek look and simple device that mimics no "physical" can easily take over any tool. Ultra efficient.
- The "philosophy" nonlinear mode "Clip" which allows you to run loops in the environment ... I love and it fits well with my way of composing music.
- The entire test, free for 30 days. It's starting to come, but Ableton allows everyone the opportunity to test 30 days any software before buying it (you can just not save or export) ... It costs nothing and it is not important to test if the software quietly for you, if your hardware holds up ... I would have loved to try Pro Tools (the leader) and I never found a demo ... Too bad for them ...
- The "control surfaces". I bought an Akai MPD24 Launchpad and taking their full dimension here Live to drive. The "pre-mapping" in Live can really plug and play and work intuitively.

The least:
- Enough "typed" ... sound effects are very marked by defects "electro" and it is difficult at first to make a mix "simple" with conventional tools. Intro version is also very limited in setting tools ...
- Automation is not the easiest solution that exists ... but it works.
- File management: Wow! It's complicated (such as competition, for that matter) Live operates on a certain file organization ... It's not ultra-convenient ... but must get used to.

Did you tried many other models before buying it? Several, yes ... and I flashed on Live Intro (smaller but still effective) before buying the full version. How would you rate the quality / price? Almost perfect. It's certainly not the cheapest software on the market ... but it is stable, well-designed, original and powerful. The many instruments / samples provided can touch full of musical styles without breaking the bank too. The "Shop" Ableton can add sounds, instruments to map what I find a good policy ... With experience, you do again this choice? I will not change from soft, so it sticks to my way of working. on the other hand, as with all others for that matter, you really take the time to learn his favorite software ... These are powerful tools and complete that one can understand a few clicks. The time invested in learning will be a plus for the future.

guillaume001's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ableton Live 8
Easy mac, after all is explained hover your mouse over each area, and control button


macbook white 2.1 Ghz 4 GB of RAM, runs impeccable, but if you bump pro, no overdose of filters and effects, samples prepared and runs without problems with ca 10, 15 tracks.


used for 3 years and we get tired, but still well on target scene.
negative, the quality filter, instead of using external plug-in.
I've a dream06/16/2011

I've a dream's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Trs good DAW"

Ableton Live 8
Easy to install, easy config, the only problem I encountered silent as encryption entries do Ableton
not correspond with that of my motu.
manual explicitly.

The only BMOL is missing some intuitiva on the mono & Stereo for the caliber of Ableton Live.


Mac Pro 2x2, 4 quad, MOTU 828 MKII.
Marche nickel.
The warp is magical.


Trs good DAW.

fanby's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ergonomic practice quick and easy"

Ableton Live 8
OK install OS X and m Imac Audio ProFire 2626


is stable but good with 12 GB of ram it can ...


I have been using version 8
I like the simplicity of handling the 10000 windows drum rack, warp the very practice that runs smoothly while remaining within reasonable Servings

Least audio editing pro tools I use Vui ben since version 7 and the ALL mode once you get done it's hard to do without

djdkdance's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Hmm ...."

Ableton Live 8
Installed without problem on the site recorded the license number and everything ....

Everything runs perfectly.


Macbook Pro 15 "i7
4G ram memory
500G HDD

Very stable.


I think I've used a dozen times about 2 hours per session.

I must say it is really easy to use but you must spend a good ten hours aprivoiser the beast.

I for one am not convinced because I am used to a production style cubase therefore this type of prod I find difficult. (Caution this is only my opinion)

I think someone who has never worked with a program to prod the top is mainly for live because there is no program that competes with this function.

Otherwise the price is right because in the line of this type of product.

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

Ableton Live 8
hassle free installation, clear manual with the help of tutorials lying around on youtube.


Its performance is not optimal because Live is a 32bit software and I turn on 64bit Windows Seven.
Live in a strongly rotating 64bits!


I use it for 6 months. This software has totally changed my way of composing and contrary to what one might think, it is not dedicated solely to the Live!

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

Ableton Live 8
Any incompatibility or concern any of plugins is so far .... it's rare!


It TOOOOOp! Finally, for a lil player like me.


Foreword: Ableton Live directly related stuff: mixing desk / firewire audio interface M-Audio NRV 10 / M-Audio midi interface Yamaha S80 + ... the rest of the backline classic.

FYI, just to judge the relevance of my remarks: I am not the Eng. Simple zikos (has over 20 years I do the music conservatory, prod concert rgy live another time, live alone, in groups, classical, jazz, rock, piano, guitar and vocals, etc. .... have a history of ide of my ear and my habits in search of ergonomics).

So I privilgie often itch level of cost you, my little level, ease of use.

Notice the hot demo:
is the ball! Users of loop: even more ergonomic! If you have adapted the gear you can configure in the loop or Multitrack Single Manir of sync, not "block" the main recording function.

I manage to configure, thanks to the looper Intgr CONTRL Live 8 with MIDI and a translator of Midi Manir get an arsenal even more effective than RC-50.

Problem over timing of tempo: hold everything automatically ... magically .... c llu ha-it-ing .... APRS src is not a budget pedals mm Loop .... License + Ableton + PDAL Midi interface cables and twelve o'clock noon license + translator + plus a Firewire (or USB) audio which takes a minimum the road, and the computer ...

It comes easily to see double to triple the price of an RC-50 .... but at least you

More What's tip-top recording with timing loop and effects ergo ergo home!

- Between DP (very complicated and unstable, but what quality and what precision), Logic (very stable, ergonomic trs, but sometimes drives to work a little hard so it philosophy: good and fast ... my opinion is that user "amateur", but I'm a real fan of this app)
and Live ... the latter is the winner on the economy / resource management software used by CPU. Even in the live setting, compared Mainstage, software Ableton is less greedy.

+ So having a tool to live mortal (because the top of ergonomics and quality .... users Perf Digital and Logic Studio for ... and Live recently)

I await my final buy, history vrifier stability of my system. But I pourlche dj chops. Ing his N'tant not pro, just a zikos who need tools sharp enough to compose and master what I have to deliver some projects pro, I can spend my life understand how a soft, to worry about overloading the hardware to run the software ....

APRS DP, Logic and Ableton Live .... My favorite is on Ableton. Even if I continue work on Logic, habit, ds I need to work more Manir prcise on the recording (up to day on all-inclusive I Live. .. or DP ... ;-) )