Ableton Live 9 Suite

Ableton Live 9 Suite

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Live 9 Suite, General Sequencer from Ableton in the Live 9 series.

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Prices starting at $550 Average price: $550

Ableton Live 9 Suite tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Ableton
  • Model: Live 9 Suite
  • Series: Live 9
  • Category: General Sequencers
  • Added in our database on: 10/25/2012

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 3 reviews )
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chromaticism's review"The Standard DAW For Electronic Music"

Ableton Live 9 Suite
Among all the digital audio workstations (DAWs) that I have tried in my long years of exploring music technology, only one of them has proven useful for live performance and improvisation: the aptly named Ableton Live. Many musicians, composers, and producers from all over the world attest to Live’s flexibility and ease of use. Having seen the success of many users of Live, I decided to take the latest version, Ableton Live 9 Suite, for a spin and see for myself why many people love it. I have been using this software for a few months now, on and off, and so by no means that I proclaim myself to be an expert. In this piece, I will talk about some of Ableton Live 9 Suite’s unique features along with my insights and comments.



One feature that separates Live 9 from all other DAWs is “Session View”. The Session View is very similar to the console view of other DAWs like Cakewalk Sonar or Logic Pro with a number of exceptions. The most notable of these is how one audio or MIDI track is divided into a number of cells called “scenes”. In every scene, a user can import or record a loop. By default, Live 9 has a total of 8 scenes per track but users can add more as needed. Each track has its own dedicated stop track button and each scene has its own play button. In Live 9, a user can play one scene per track at a time. Having such complete playback control over each track and each scene means that users can call up and play whatever tracks or scenes they want on the fly, enabling them to create unique performances every time with a set of assigned or recorded loops. Paired with a MIDI controller such as Ableton Push or Novation Launchpad, Ableton Live 9 can effectively use pre-recorded loops as well as loops recorded live in performance to create music in a huge variety of ways.


To take advantage of Live 9’s capabilities, it is important to use a MIDI controller with it. Preferred MIDI controllers for Live 9 are those that take advantage of the Session View. I mentioned a while ago two controllers namely Ableton Push and Novation Launchpad. These controllers usually look like an Akai MPC on steroids given the fact that they have a large matrix of pads that can be easily assigned to tracks and scenes in Live 9. Conventional keyboard-style MIDI controllers can also be used with Live such as the Akai MPK series, Samson Graphite, Korg Taktile, etc. As a personal preference, my ideal controller setup will involve a MIDI keyboard coupled with a pad controller like Ableton Push. If you don’t have any of those pad-style MIDI controllers, you can use an iPad instead with an app called Conductr to control Live 9 over a WiFi connection.

Assigning MIDI controls over different parameters is easy in Live 9. It only takes switching on its MIDI assign or learn function found at the top right screen, clicking the desired parameter, and then turning the desired knob, button, or slider on your MIDI controller. After turning off the MIDI assign button, you will notice that assigned parameters will be controllable using any MIDI controller.


There are three versions of Live 9: Intro, Standard, and Suite. Ableton Live 9 Suite (as its name would suggest) comes packaged with a huge array of software instruments, Live Packs (sample libraries), one-shot samples, and loops to get you making music right out of the box. Examples of Live Packs in Live 9 Suite are Puremagnetik’s Retro Synths, Orchestral Strings, and experimental sound from The Forge by Hecq. Another important addition that many experimental musicians will love in Live 9 Suite is Max for Live, a music-programming software that provides extra synths and more customization options such as the ability to create one’s own synths. As far as audio processing goes, Live 9 Suite comes with an assortment of all necessary effects such as compressors, modulation effects, and EQs as well as extras that can beef up the sound such as guitar amplifier emulation.


Ableton Live 9 Suite is clearly usable for both studio and live use. In double display computer systems, it’s even possible to use both the session and arrangement views simultaneously for better visual feedback. Although it can be very easy to start making music right away with Live 9, the depth of features in the Suite version will requires a considerable amount of time to learn how to use effectively, especially Max for Live. My only gripe about Ableton Live 9 Suite is that it lacks a score editor. Note-reading musicians find it easier to edit MIDI notes using a score view rather than a piano roll view. Given that Live 9 Suite comes with Orchestral Live Packs, orchestrators and film music composers will find great value in a score view, a thing that I think Ableton should consider adding in later versions. Other than that, I have no complaints.

- Session view and arrangement view can be utilized simultaneously in dual display computers.
- Learning curve is low.
- Easy MIDI control assignment. Automatic assignment for many controllers.
- Over 50GB of additional content including Live Packs, instruments, effects, etc.

- No score view.

cuboid's review"Amazing, Versatile, Beautiful"

Ableton Live 9 Suite
Ableton 9 is an extremely beautiful, unique, and versatile piece of music software.
I have been producing music for over 5 years and have used many digital audio workstations, but none of them even compare with Ableton.
It is compatible with just about all operating systems, very easy to install, and it comes with some great examples to help teach new users the basics of the software.

One of the main reasons I believe Ableton is superior to other music software out there is the layout. The layout of Ableton is so straightforward and easy to understand. The minimalistic layout allows for a much better and faster workflow. Not to mention, it's more organized and easy to look at.


This version of Ableton is pretty much flawless. When you purchase Ableton you are given a lifetime of free updates so there are very little to no bugs.
I only know of one bug regarding pitch enveloping clips, but it is a very minor issue and easy to work around. It should be fixed very soon in one of the updates.
The software is reliable and you won't need to worry about random crashes.

I have been using this version of Ableton for around 9 months, and have had little to no problems or crashes.
The only times my software has crashed was due to a faulty VST plugin I own, not the software itself.


Over all, Ableton is absolutely wonderful. I love it.
I have never used any piece of software that is this well made and functional.
Ableton absolutely crushes it's competition when it comes to organization and user-interface.
There are so many hot keys and small tricks that no other software has, but Ableton does.
For example, Ableton's audio warping features are absolutely flawless, resampling and cutting audio clips has never been easier.
Ableton also has incredible MIDI processing effects, such as Chords, Scales, Arpeggiators, etc.
You can really unleash your creativity by cheating music theory with the Scales effect, not many people know about this!

And last but not least, the absolute BEST thing about purchasing Ableton, is the amount of free sounds and packs that you receive with it! When I purchased Ableton, I received over 25 massive packs of sound and real instruments. That alone was worth the money in my opinion. All of the packs that come with ableton are excellent quality, and sound gorgeous.

Ableton 9 is pretty much the best piece of software I have ever used, hands down. Their customer support is excellent too, if you ever have questions regarding the software you can contact them at their help section:

But BEFORE you decide to purchase, DO RESEARCH. Not everybody works the same, it's all about personal preference. If you're not sure about it, download the trial version of Ableton and some other music software, and just try them out to see which one you like best.

JoeW1's review

Ableton Live 9 Suite
Sonic Academy's Ableton 9 is compatible with different working platforms like Windows Xp , Vista , 7 and of course MAC.

The manual that is incorporated with the software is well detailed covering a lot of musical ground.

The general setup of the program is extremely straight forward , it's easy and fast to get it done.

Basically , this DAW provides a lot of complexity , the typical functions have of lot of insides and outsides , so once you get to know the program better , you understand the principles.


This version of Ableton works beyond decent , however I have found some bugs which I suppose will be fixed as soon as possible , apart from that , the software works very good , the gear is stable , rarely you get some bugs while working on your musical projects.

I'm getting decent results while using this program.

I've been using this version of Ableton for about 1 month.


What I like most about Ableton , especially this version , are the endless possibilities with audio to midi data , which can be extracted as a harmony or a melody.

Another powerful tool that Ableton now has , are the automation curves which were pretty static in the past , now you can curve them at any angle.

What I also like , is the browser that comes extremely handy with an instant search and fast preview of the sounds.

The Library included sounds very good and has a lot of orchestral elements in it.

Of course I must mention Ableton's new toys , like the convulsion reverb , the glue compressor and other cool tools and effects.

This program full pack included costs 599 euro , which is great , getting such a powerful audio editing tool for just 600 euro is a blessing.

Precision and quality of the sound is better than on previous versions , the library sounds are more realistic and the freq range response is better.

Knowing what I know , I would buy this program as soon as possible.

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

Ableton Live 9 Suite
Made for live or to drive a studio.
Effects of Live 9 are significantly better than the 8.
I do not use live instruments instead of VST.
Easy to use for the compo and recordings.
I recommend turning to another DAW for mixing and mastering.


Macbook Pro 2010 4GB Ram. Rarely a problem of CPU load.


4 years counting Live 8.

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