Ableton Live

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Ableton Live, also known as Live (often colloquially misnomered as "Ableton"),[3] is a digital audio workstation for macOS and Windows developed by the German company Ableton.

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Ableton Live
Initial releaseOctober 30, 2001; 21 years ago (October 30, 2001)
Stable release
11.3.2[1] / 22 May 2023 (2023-05-22)
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows, macOS
TypeDigital audio workstation
A screenshot of Ableton Live 9 running on a Windows operating system, with a project open in Arrangement View

In contrast to many other software sequencers, Live is designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool for composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering. It is also used by DJs, as it offers a suite of controls for beatmatching, crossfading, and other different effects used by turntablists, and was one of the first music applications to automatically beatmatch songs.[4]

Live is available directly from Ableton in three editions: Intro (with limited key features), Standard, and Suite (with the most features). Suite includes Max for Live functionality, made possible in partnership with Cycling '74.[5]

Ableton has also made a fourth version of Live, Lite, with similar limitations to Intro, which is only available bundled with a range of music production hardware, including MIDI controllers and audio interfaces.[6]