Ableton Live Suite 8
Who Ableton is about one
hundred software developers, business people and product specialists. The
company is run by Gerhard Behles (CEO) and Bernd Roggendorf (CTO), its
original founders, and Jan Bohl (COO/CFO). Most Abletons are active in music
production, performance or DJing.
What We make software for
creating, producing, and performing music. Our flagship product, Live, has
introduced a new approach to making music with computers on stage and in the
studio that some call revolutionary. Live has received outstanding feedback
from the international press and artists. There are now several hundred
thousand Live users worldwide, and the number is growing fast.
When Ableton was founded in
1999 as an AG under German law. Live was introduced to the market in late
2001. Ableton Inc., our United States subsidiary, was incorporated in 2006.
Where Ableton headquarters
are in Berlin, Germany, in the central "Mitte" district, near many great
clubs and music venues. Ableton Inc. is in New York, in Manhattan's Chelsea
district, also near great clubs and music venues.
Why We started Ableton in
order to realize our personal vision of a computer-based music-making
solution. We now enjoy working with a team of exceptionally bright and
talented people, and take gratification from serving and interacting with
the Live user community, the coolest we know.
Ableton Live Suite 8 is the complete software studio. Suite gives
you the tools and the sounds, with a packed sound library and Ableton
For more info on Ableton
Suite, take the tour.
- Printed reference manual in English, French,
German or Japanese
- Built-in interactive lessons
- Localized software menus, tutorials and PDF
reference manuals in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese
- Ableton stickers
The installation size of the boxed version of
Ableton Suite 8 is 48 GB. The downloadable version requires 4.6 GB of hard drive
Mac: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster
(Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or
later recommended), DVD-ROM drive
Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or
Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB
recommended), Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO
driver support recommended), DVD-ROM drive, QuickTime recommended
Ableton Live 8 provides a comprehensive
environment for writing, producing and performing music.
Live is the only music production software
with the "Session View": a unique grid for recording and playing musical
ideas and phrases. The Session View is non-linear, so you can record and
play back your ideas in any order you want. When you're working on a new
track, this is a smart, flexible way to write and record. If you're
performing music live, it gives you complete flexibility and freedom to
Live also has a second view: the
"Arrangement View," a complete music production environment. This is the
linear counterpart to the Session View and is well-suited to
"traditional" recording, arranging and mixing. These two views interact
with one another, each with its own strengths and intricacies. Both
views are based on the single principle of creative, intuitive
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 happens
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
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, MP3, 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 if you have a multicore or multiprocessor system,
Live supports that, too.
Free 30-day Ableton Suite
Download Ableton Suite 8 (1311.1 MB) for Windows
- Open the dmg/zip and install Suite.
- Open Suite and follow the
instructions to authorize your free trial.
You must be connected to the internet
each time you use the trial version of Suite. After purchasing Suite, an
internet connection is not necessary.
In version 8.1.3, Live introduced a new
file format. Documents saved with version 8.1.3 or newer cannot be
opened in versions of Live older than 8.1.3.