Ableton Live

Ableton Live - short and quick review

Ableton live is loved by its users for its different workflow and great samples, loops and tempo shifting qualities.

It is relatively new software that started as a DJ-ing tool but now is capable as a complete music production tool right from recording to mixing and masting both audio and midi.

It is still popular amongst the DJ comomunity.

Some of the best features include

There are a number of additional instruments which may be purchased separately or as part of the Ableton Suite.

  •  Amp is a device that delivers the sounds of various amplifiers and cabinet combos. It is the newest add-on and a part of Suite 8.2.
  •  Sampler is an enhanced sampler.
  •  Operator is an FM synthesizer.
  •  Electric is an electric piano instrument.
  •  Tension is a string physical modelling synthesizer.
  •  Collision is a mallet percussion physical modelling synthesizer.
  •  Analog an analog synthesizer.
  •  Drum Machines is a collection of emulators for classic drum machines.
  •  Session Drums is a collection of sampled drum kits.
  •  Latin Percussion is a collection of sampled latin percussion hits and music loops.
  •  Essential Instruments Collection is a big collection of acoustic & electric instrument samples.
  •  Orchestral Instrument Collection different orchestral libraries, 

Alternatives for making music on the computer>
  • Energy XT - is one of the best cheap MIDI capable DAW. 
  • Fl studio - started out as a simple drum machine and evolved into a complete monstor for music production. Can do everything right from MIDI to Audio. But it is mainly geared towards MIDI so if you do a lot of audio recording then look elsewhere. It is a better option that Reason because it can do audio stuff nicely. 
  • Logic pro - one stop solution, very expensive does everything related to music production under the sun.
  • Adobe audition - one of the lesser used DAWs out there, MIDI support is minimal. Good for creating loops and podcasting type of stuff. Not so great for other things.
  • Reaper a small and robust DAW that can do everything but does not comes with lots of samples or presets. Is comparatively cheaper and bang for the buck.
  • Ardour is developed by School of Audio Engineering as an open source DAW to rival pro-tools. It is still in developmental stages and has to go a long way.

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