ABLETON > Live LE

Ableton has made its latest version of Live 7 available at a great price for those of us without much left after this summer and its squelching economy. I would greatly encourage anyone slightly interested in Live to try it out.Ableton Live LE
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Product: Ableton Orchestral Instrument Collection
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Ableton has made its latest version of Live 7 available at a great price for those of us without much left after this summer and its squelching economy. I would greatly encourage anyone slightly interested in Live to try it out. It is one of the most resourceful production applications available and has remained extremely intuitive throughout the various versions and upgrades.

In fact, the difference between LE and the full, professional version might be a delightful surprise for some. For starters, LE offers up to 64 tracks (opposed to Live 7’s endless number), but is limited to two stereo pairs of inputs and outputs. This is by far more than enough to get started, and quite possibly all that may ever be needed depending on the demands and complexity of a given project.

As a stand alone Program, Live LE is a great songwriting tool because of the simplicity of its structure. There are two main views. One acts as a sketchpad, and the other acts as a timeline. The nature of Live is very much live. Simple enough. Time and arrangements can be switched up on the fly. Exclusive sound content is included with Live LE, which offers the user a great opportunity to spruce their creations up with some great sounds.

The Orchestral Instrument Collection for Live LE is also astounding. Options here include a string section, brass, percussion and woodwinds. In addition to that, the loops and construction kits designed by Puremagnetik are also a great tool. (These great sounds and kits are included with the boxed version only. An example of these can be found at http://www.ableton.com/live-le.)

The Rewire application is sadly not included with LE. Rewire is what makes Live compatible with various other audio applications such as Pro Tools and Reason. Again, the options of how to do so are clearly mapped out all on Ableton’s website. The support and tutorials provided here are far beyond what most websites have to offer. The program itself has built-in tutorials. This practically eliminates the learning curve of getting started. If a user wishes to upgrade from LE to the full version, a discount is offered. A free demo version available to download is also offered at the Ableton website, along with a full list comparing Live and Live LE.

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