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Complete sequencing, combination and reorganization of MIDI clips
Straightforward MIDI recording, editing and pattern creation
MIDI bank and program change settings for individual MIDI files
Graphically represented MIDI controller
data for intuitive drawing and editing
Versatility- play MIDI notes anywhere with no
equipment other than the computer keyboard
Manipulation of MIDI timing through
quantization and swing/groove settings
Drag and drop import of Standard MIDI files and their individual tracks
Export of MIDI tracks and patterns as Standard MIDI files
Preview and combine AIFF, WAV and SDII audio files of any
sample rate, size and bit depth with no prior conversion
Real-time time-stretching of any audio file
to play in sync with the project tempo
Sample reverse of individual audio files
Rhythm and time warping for notes and sections within audio files
Real-time swing and groove manipulation of audio files
Complete control of volume, pitch and timing for segments
or notes within audio files through drawn curves
Detailed audio file exporting
Playing - Performing
Nonlinear audio and MIDI file organization and triggering
for imaginative recombination and improvisation
Audio and MIDI files can be mapped to MIDI keyboard
ranges and computer keys for instant triggering
Detailed control over the launch and play properties of individual files
Automatic jamming- Create groups of files that can trigger
each other to generate specific or random output
Configure groups of files that play simultaneously,
store tempo changes and advance automatically
DJ-style crossfading between any number of tracks
Hands-on control of any interface element with
a MIDI controller or the computer keyboard
Flawless recording of all aspects of a set for later in-depth editing
Effects - Instruments
Wide array of innovative Ableton audio and MIDI effects
New Ableton instruments: Simpler, for creative sample-based
synthesis and Impulse, for dynamic percussion sound design
Endless expansion through VST and Audio
Units Plug-in instruments/effects and ReWire
Automation and remote control of all
instrument and effects parameters
Unlimited variations from single samples and loops through
user-definable effects, mixer, volume and pitch curves
Routing - I/O – Sync
Track-to-track I/O routing for complex mixes, post-effects
recording, MIDI-to-audio conversion, submixing and synth layering
Individual instrument outputs and multi-timbral
instrument input and output routing capabilities
Private cueing and previewing through separate audio outputs
Complete MIDI control of ReWire clients
Intuitive signal flow management of
effects and instruments by drag and drop
Pre- or post-mixer effect grouping/bussing
on up to eight sends/return tracks
Tempo sync to any external source through MIDI
Clock master or slave; MIDI Timecode slave
Audio and transport sync through the
ReWire protocol as master or slave
Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
Unlimited audio and MIDI inputs and outputs
ASIO, MME, DirectX, Sound Manager
and CoreAudio audio interface support
Also includes…
Hundreds of one-shot drum samples for use in Impulse
Selection of royalty-free loops and samples from Big Fish Audio
Built-in program tutorials and starter sets
Printed reference manual
Multilingual program help and PDF manual in
English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish
Recording - Sequencing
Comprehensive audio and MIDI recording and sequencing
Unlimited 24-bit/192 kHz multitrack hard disk recording
Detailed on-the-fly recording and editing of automation
for mixer, effects control movements and the song tempo
as continuous breakpoint envelopes
Complete nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
Drum machine-style loop/overdub recording for building MIDI patterns
Punch-in and -out points for recording
Creation of perfectly cut samples and loops
through optional record quantization
Instant resampling of audio and MIDI while the music plays
Minimum System Requirements
Macintosh: Any G3 or faster; 256 MB RAM;
Mac OS 9.2 or later/Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later
PC: 600 MHz CPU or faster; 256 MB RAM;
Windows 98/2000/XP; Windows-compatible
Ableton is a trademark of Ableton AG. Audio Units and OSX are registered trademarks of Apple Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
VST and ASIO are trademarks of Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH. ReWire is a trademark of Propellerhead Software AB. All other product and company names are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders. All rights reserved. Made in Germany. ©2001-2004 Ableton AG
Sound Design
One Interface
Session View: Improvise, remix, sample. Experiment and create in real time.
Record perfectly
cut loops on the
fly. Sample any
internal or
external source.
Arrangement View: Compose, edit, record. Capture and perfect your music.
Change the tempo at any time, and
Live keeps your music in sync.
Manipulate the groove of your
music as it plays.
User-friendly 24-bit / 192 kHz
multitrack audio recording and
� sequencing. Record your MIDI
hardware, virtual instruments,
ReWire programs or any external
audio sources.
Assign audio loops, samples, songs or MIDI
patterns to computer keys or a MIDI controller,
and jam with them in real time.
Preview your
audio files at any
tempo, then drag
and drop audio
and MIDI files
from the Browser
into Live.
Flexible and intuitive
signal routing for audio
and MIDI tracks.
Preview audio files and
cue tracks on a separate
headphone output before
integrating them into
your mix.
Drag and drop Live's
built-in instruments,
MIDI and audio effects
onto tracks to sculpt
your sound.
Easily edit your
automation and
improvisations to
Route any track to the crossfader,
then assign a MIDI controller for
hands-on control of your mix.
Adjusting timing and
drawing melodies,
volume, effects and
patterns directly onto
audio and MIDI files
makes sound design
Create patterns with ease.
Set a loop and record or
draw quantized patterns,
then sequence them
Logical signal flow: MIDI passes through a
real-time MIDI effect and arrives at an
instrument; the output is then processed
by audio effects.
Live 4 is the only music-production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your
musical ideas. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments, as well as your digital audio recordings,
together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use. In the end, Live lets you focus on what really matters: your music.
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