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Ableton Live 6 - Music Software

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Product Highlights
  • Real-time Audio/MIDI Production
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI Tracks
  • Essential Instrument Collection
  • Clips Sound Library
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 2000/XP

Live 6 from Ableton is music production software that allows one to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. The software integrates loop-based and linear production methods, includes unique virtual instruments and effects and presents them together in a single interface for unparalleled creative freedom.

Features specific to Live 6 include multi-processor and multi-core support on both the Mac and PC and QuickTime movie import. While the previous version of Live provided "freeze" tracks to conserve CPU resources, the current version allows these tracks to be edited while frozen. This includes automation, cut, copy, paste, duplicate and trim.

The Essential Instrument Collection is a collection of high-fidelity sampled instruments including brass orchestral strings, woodwinds and plucked instruments. Also included are B3 organs, electric keyboards, electric guitars and a grand piano. An instrument rack allows for extensive manipulation of the sounds such as layering, applying effects and programming keyboard splits. A "flatten" feature automatically converts virtual instruments into audio files.

Automatic "Adaptive Mapping" takes the work out of manually assigning the controls on many popular MIDI controllers. New virtual effects have been added, further extending the sonic possibilities offered within Live 6. Multi-track warping is supported along with "hot-swapping" that lets the user swap audio files, whether in a clip or sampler.

All users who buy and unlock their Live 6 or Live 6 upgrade between October 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008 are eligible for a free download upgrade to Ableton Live 7, plus special upgrade offers on Ableton Suite.

Recording and Editing

Up to 32-bit/192kHz multi-track hard disk recording
Complete MIDI and audio sequencing

Movie Import

Drag-and-drop movie import (QuickTime) makes it easy to improvise, compose and warp music to picture
Video window displays the clips video, which can also be shown full screen on a second monitor
Video clip can be trimmed to select parts of it and use Warp Markers to visually align the music in the Arrangement with the video

Non-Destructive Editing and Unlimited Undo

Instant capturing and resampling of audio signals during playback
Real-time loop/overdub MIDI recording for pattern build-up
Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks

Non-Linear Sequencing

Map audio and MIDI files to MIDI keyboard ranges and computer keys for instant triggering
Records all actions as editable arrangements and automation
Set and jump to arrangement locators complete with quantization
"Scene" concept for non-linear organization of audio and MIDI files for live and jamming purposes
Customized and random sequencing of audio and MIDI files for generating ideas and preparing performances

Time and Pitch Manipulation

Real-time time-stretching to play any audio file in sync with the project tempo, even if original tempo fluctuates
Real-time pitch shifting for the individual notes in a sample
Real-time groove and swing manipulations for MIDI and audio
Tempo automation via continuous breakpoint envelopes
Clip transport for looping, editing and shuffling any clip on the fly

Instruments and Effects

Boxed version ships with a multi-gigabyte library of carefully sampled and selected instruments from the SONiVOX (formerly Sonic Implants) premium collections
Includes acoustic and electric pianos, orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds, plucked strings and mallets
Saturator variable distortion effect
Beat Repeat audio effect reorganizes beats for endless variations
Beat-synced auto-pan, phaser and flanger
Arpeggiator with both new and classic modes

Browsing, Importing and Exporting

Built-in browser for previewing WAV, AIFF, MP3 and SDII audio files in sync with the project tempo
Browser includes search, Live set merging and preset management
Logs imported song tempo for instant synchronization to project tempo
Audio tracks play mono and stereo audio files of any sample rate, bit depth, length with no prior conversion
Drag-and-drop MIDI file import
Exports MIDI and audio files, as well as Live clips

Routing, I/O, Control and Sync

Drag-and-drop signal flow management for MIDI effects, instruments and audio effects
Unlimited audio/MIDI bussing for mix grouping, synthesizer layering, post-effects recording, MIDI-to-audio
Preview and cue via separate audio outs
Provides instant, adaptive mappings for many popular control surfaces, saving the user the trouble of manually mapping hardware to the currently selected instrument, effect and rack controls
Software Type Real-time audio/MIDI production
Audio Tracks Unlimited, CPU dependent
MIDI Tracks Yes
Sends/Inserts per Track Up to 8
Plug-In Support VST
AudioUnits
ReWire Master and Slave support
Included Effects Auto Filter
Auto Pan
Beat Repeat
Chorus
Compressor I + II
Dynamic Tube
EQ Three
EQ Eight
Erosion
Filter Delay
Flanger
Gate
Grain Delay
Phaser
Ping Pong Delay
Redux
Resonators
Reverb
Saturator
Simple Delay
Utility
Vinyl Distortion
Score Editor No
MIDI Timing Resolution Not specified by manufacturer
Movie Support QuickTime
Sync Functions Sync to MIDI Clock
Sync to MIDI Time Code
Send MIDI Sync
Supported Hardware Multi-channel audio input and output via ASIO 2, CoreAudio or DirectX
System Requirements Mac: G4 or G5 and Intel Mac
OS X 10.4.x
512MB RAM (1GB recommended)

PC:
1.5GHz CPU or faster
Windows 2000/XP
512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
QuickTime 6.4 or later
Windows compatible soundcard (preferably with a ASIO driver)

Specialties Live captures every action during a "jam" allowing improvisation with total freedom, which can then be edited to perfection later
DJ-like crossfading
Automatic plug-in delay compensation
Ableton Live 6 - Music Software
  • Live Clips Sound Library
  • Essential Instrument Collection
  • Preset Library for all Live Devices
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