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The Ultimate Music Creation and Performance DAW

Every DAW has its strong suit — some are built specifically for recording and editing, others lean heavily on production, but no DAW does real-time music production like Ableton Live, and with Live 10 Suite, your options are never-ending. Whether you’re using it to trigger loops and with a combination of software and hardware instruments or to loop riffs and backing tracks with your band, Live 10 Suite has it covered. As a creative tool, its 70GB of content and extensive collection of virtual instruments and effects will never leave you wanting, and with Max for Live built in, anything you can’t accomplish with the included content or your favorite plug-ins is still easily within reach.


An ideal DAW for creative artists

From the beginning, Ableton Live has been as much a creative tool as a DAW. That largely has to do with the way Live lets you construct tracks and play with audio in real time. There are two main parts to Live: the Session View, and the Arrangement View. The Arrangement View is more or less a standard linear DAW, with time on the X axis and tracks on the Y axis.

Where Live differs from other DAWs is its Session View, which puts individual tracks on the X axis and scenes on the Y axis. Each scene contains a slot on each channel for a clip. Clips are usually short pieces of audio or MIDI a few measures long or shorter, which loop to create grooves. Launched individually, these loops let you experiment with your arrangements, trying out various combinations of grooves and riffs.

Since everything from modern electronic music to classic rock and blues is heavily based on repeating sections, Live’s Session View makes it an ideal creative tool for all kinds of songwriters. In fact, the songwriting tools don’t stop there. In addition to launching individual clips, you can launch entire scenes, complete with automatic advancement to subsequent scenes, scene repeat instructions, and other logic options.

Using scenes makes it easy to arrange entire songs in parts (verse, chorus, etc). And when you record your progression to the linear Arrangement View, you add the possibility to record lead lines and other performances that fall outside the rest of the song structure. What’s more, all of the loop-/riff-based arrangement options are still available on the timeline, so you can continue to edit and build on your song, even after you record it to the session view.

All of the standard DAW functions you need

In addition to the standard linear Session View, Ableton Live comes loaded with every standard DAW function you need. Nondestructive multitrack recording at up to 32-bit/192kHz is the beginning. You get powerful mixing and signal-flow tools such as bussing and return tracks. VST and AU plug-in formats fit right into your workflow, right alongside the wonderful tools bundled with Live. Live’s MIDI sequencing capabilities are second to none, and easy access to automation curves, MIDI learn, and more make this DAW a total powerhouse.


Live 10 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, instruments, effects, and Packs.


Intro Standard Suite
Key Features  Limited Full Full
Software Instruments 4 5 15
Sounds 1500+
5+ GB
10+ GB
70+ GB
Audio Effects 21 34 55
MIDI Effects 8 8 17

Key Features

Intro Standard Suite
Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation Included  Included  Included
Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo Included  Included  Included
Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz Included  Included  Included
Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments Included  Included  Included
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching Included  Included  Included
Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project Included  Included  Included
Group tracks Updated for Live 10Use multiple levels of groups to mix with greater flexibility and manage detailed arrangements more easily. Included  Included  Included
VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit support Updated for Live 10 Included  Included  Included
Time signature changes Included  Included  Included
Multiple automation lanes Included  Included  Included
Track Freeze Included  Included  Included
Capture MIDI New in Live 10Recall your best ideas after you’ve played them – Capture MIDI can turn what you played into MIDI clips, without having to think about recording. Included  Included Included
Automatic plug-in delay compensation Included  Included  Included
MIDI remote control instant mapping Included  Included  Included
MIDI output to hardware synths Included  Included  Included
MIDI Clock/sync Included  Included  Included
Generate or receive Pitch, Control, Clock and Trigger CV New in Live 10 Excluded  Excluded  Included
ReWire Included  Included  Included
Multicore/multiprocessor support Included  Included  Included
WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support Included  Included  Included
Ableton LinkA technology that keeps instances of Live and a growing collection of iOS apps in time over a wireless network. Included  Included  Included
Audio & MIDI tracks 16  Unlimited  Unlimited
Scenes 8  Unlimited  Unlimited
Send and return tracks 2 12 12
Audio inputsMono audio input channels 8 256 256
Audio outputsMono audio output channels 8 256 256
Max for Live Updated for Live 10Powers a range of instruments and devices in Live Suite, and lets you customize or build your own devices, change the way Live works, and connect Live with the world around it. Excluded  Excluded  Included
Complex warp modesAdvanced algorithms for stretching audio, ideal for working with mixed audio or full tracks. Included  Included  Included
Audio-slicingSlice audio to a Drum Rack or Sampler instance. Excluded  Included  Included
Audio to MIDIExtract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it to MIDI. Excluded  Included  Included
REX file supportSupport for ReCycle/Reason audio files. Excluded  Included  Included
POW-r ditheringMastering quality dithering modes for downsampling audio.


Excluded  Included Included
Video import/exportImport video as a clip and save modified video and audio.


Excluded  Included  Included
Groove Pool and extract grooveA set of templates for timing and “feel” of sequences – or make your own by extracting timing from existing audio material. Excluded  Included  Included