The complete software studio, Ableton Studio 8 has all the features of live 8, with an added library filled with fantastic new sounds and a huge range of useful resources.
Ableton Suite 8 contains eleven Ableton instruments and effects, including synths, a sample, electric and acoustic drums, mallets, sampled instruments, and a new, reworked Operator and amp modelling effects. You'll also get two completely new instruments: Collision and Latin Percussion, to finish off the package.
This is a unique grid for recording and playing musical ideas and phrases. The session view is a non-linear way of viewing your work, so you can record and play back your ideas in any order you want, removing the constraints of a traditional DAW. When you're working on your latest track, this is a smart and flexible way to write and record. For live performance you have complete flexibility and freedom to improvise.
The more traditional arrangement view is also included as a linear counterpart to the session view. Ideal for arranging and mixing, it can interact with the session view, each having their own strengths and intricacies.
Uninterrupted Creative Flow.
In Live, you never have to stop the music. Record audio and MIDI on the fly, drop in loops and samples, add effects and swap sounds without ever hitting the stop button - everything goes on in real time. You're free to improvise and the computer actually becomes a musical instrument - an expressive and creative tool, perfectly at home on stage or in the studio.
Beats Made Easy.
Live's unique Drum Rack combines drag-and-drop simplicity in a familiar pad-style interface. Each of the 128 drum pads can have its own instrument or sample plus effects. Slice beats, loops or REX files to MIDI for additional control options and use the new groove feature (which includes grooves from the legendary MPC and SP1200 machines) to add swing to your beats.
Creative Expression for DJs.
Mix and match tracks and loops automatically, remix on the fly, capture audio loops in real time from decks and other external sources, incorporate your own productions into the mix, and much more. Whether it's the centerpiece of the DJ rig or just a creative sidearm, Live gives DJs entirely new worlds of creative expression.
Looping with Live.
Not only for guitarists, the Ableton looper gives you classic sound-on-sound looping without the limitations of a hardware device. Looper is set up for remote operation, so you can record, overdub, undo and more without touching the computer.
Live works seamlessly with controller hardware and assigning custom MIDI controls is simple. Live supports AIFF, WAV, MP£, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files, VST and AU effects and instruments. Live can handle REX files and runs as a ReWire Master or Slave, so it works nicely alongside other DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase or Reason. And is you have a multicore or multiprocessor system, Live supports that too!