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Ableton Live Lite

Ableton Live Lite 6Ableton Live Lite delivers much of the functionality of Ableton Live—the revolutionary, multi-award winning music production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments—as well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences—together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use.

Ableton Live Lite 8 now sports up to eight tracks, more effect instances, an enhanced audio engine, 64-bit mix summing, multiple time signatures, new and improved devices, side-chaining, refined MIDI timing and more.

The Live Concept

Live Lite offers two main views—the Session View and the Arrangement View—that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. Here is the principle behind each view:

Session View


Live’s Session View acts as a musical sketch and launch pad, encouraging you to try out new ideas and improvise freely. Each cell in the Session View grid can hold a loop, recording, MIDI file, complete song or any other musical element. These ideas can be recorded on the fly or dragged in from the Browser, combined and played in any order you wish.

Arrangement View


The Arrangement View offers a timeline-based approach for traditional recording, MIDI sequencing, arranging, editing and other musical production tasks. And when you improvise in the Session View, all of your actions can be recorded into the Arrangement View, where they can be edited and perfected whenever you like.

Live Lite Feature

  • Intuitive audio recording and MIDI sequencing*
  • More than twenty built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs*
  • Includes two software instruments—Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, and Impulse for dynamic, sampled drums*
  • Supports VST and AU effects and instruments*
  • Real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF and WAV files for DJing and instant remixing
  • Tweak Live’s controls in real time with any MIDI controller—just MIDI map it
  • All editing of your musical creations are non-destructive so you can experiment without worries
  • Integrated single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
  • Dedicated Instant Mappings for many of M-Audio’s controllers

Also Includes

  • A wide selection of presets for Live Lite’s instruments and effects
  • Extensive built-in step-by-step tutorials
  • Localized software menus, tutorials, and PDF reference manuals available in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese

To Upgrade to the full version of Live 8, go to www.ableton.com/upgrade.

Minimum System Requirements (Mac)

  • Any G4 or faster, (Intel Mac recommended)
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 (10.4 or later recommended)
  • QuickTime 6.5 or higher
  • DVD-ROM drive

Minimum System Requirements (PC)

  • 1.5 GHz CPU or faster
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
  • QuickTime 6.5 or higher
  • DVD-ROM drive

* Live Lite is limited to eight tracks, four simultaneous built-in audio effects, four built-in instruments, two AU/VST effects and two AU/VST instruments per project. Live Lite 8 does not include video support, compressed audio support, or Complex warp mode.