Software : Ableton : Live

Ableton Live

(as of 9/2/2014)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Allows you to perform, record, mix, arrange, and compose music
  • Packaged with a variety of instruments, loops, and sounds
  • Enables nondestructive editing with unlimited undos
  • Supports plugins for additional functionality

Ableton Live is a DAW for OS X used to create, produce, and perform music. The workstation is packaged with a variety of instruments, sounds, loops, and kits that assist you in creating any kind of music your heart desires.

Ableton Live is designed for live performances, as well as recording, composing, and mixing music. It is available in three different editions: Intro, Standard, and Suite. The three editions are similar but Standard and Suite come with additional instruments, effects, packs, and other features.

Along with its library of instruments and effects, Ableton Live enables nondestructive editing and unlimited undos, which allows you to endlessly tweak your music to perfection. The workstation allows you to work quicker, as it supports dual monitors, which enables you to view the session and arrangement at the same time. If you aren’t satisfied with the instruments and effects provided, the suite is also extensible, which allows you to add plugins, such as a sampler or amp, to provide extended functionality.

The Ableton Live suite of tools is most often used by DJs and musicians to perform live music, but can also be used for mixing, arranging, and recording music. It comes at a steep price but is worth it if you are an OS X user looking for a professional DAW.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.ALS – Ableton Live Set File

Other file extensions used by Ableton Live 9

Supported File Types
.ADGAbleton Device Group
.ADVAbleton Device Preset File
.AGRAbleton Groove File
.ALCAbleton Live Clip File
.ALPAbleton Live Pack File
.ASDAbleton Live Sample Analysis File
.ASKAbleton Live Skin File
.AUZAbleton Authorization File
Additional Related File Formats
.AMXDAbleton Max Patch File
.FXBFX Bank File
.FXPFX Preset File

Updated: September 2, 2014