Live 9 Suite from Ableton is a solid update to the company's "think different" DAW software that is particularly popular with electronic and beat making creators. Two GUI views include a traditional, vertical-track display with time moving from left to right (Arrangement View), while the Session View is a place for experimentation that provides room for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas without the constraints of the timeline. The top of the line version includes 9 instruments, 41 effects, over 3,000 sounds, along with Max for Live with its instruments and effects and further access to more devices.
Aside from the particular way of presenting the creative process, the software also includes standard features such as unlimited multi-track recording with up to 32-bit/192 kHz resolution with nondestructive editing and unlimited undo. Essential automatic plug-in delay compensation is available, along with multiple automation lanes and track freezing for conserving DSP. Warping and real-time, time-stretch processing can be applied to any clips, and unlimited instruments, audio effects and MIDI effects can be utilized per project.
MIDI sequencing, remote control instant mapping, and MIDI output to hardware MIDI devices allows the software to play a central role in any studio situation. New in Live 9 is an audio-to-MIDI functionality that can extract musical ideas from samples, or convert drum-breaks with the Drums-to-MIDI feature and reuse them with custom sounds. MIDI clock synchronization and ReWire ensures that the software functions with external hardware and software.
Max for Live, based on Max 7 by Cycling '74, comes with a collection of instruments, effects, and tools. Users can create custom versions along with the ability to access more devices from a community of artists who share their creations. Every Max for Live device is ready to use and can also be edited and customized to suit specific needs. Each device includes an edit button, which when engaged, displays how it was constructed and allows for further modification. Additionally, Max for Live comes with a collection of Live's native interface elements that allows for building devices that look and feel like Live.
The software supports multi-core and multiprocessor computer configurations, includes support for WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file formats, and functions under both Mac and Windows operating systems.