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Ableton Releases An Entry-Level Version of Ableton Live - Live 6 LE. Link to Free Trial + Live 6 & Live 6 LE Differences.


Ableton Live is my primary software production tool. I love it's workflow. I've recommended it everyone I talk too - but at $499 US, price has been a barrier for many. Well, price is a barrier no longer as Ableton just launched Live 6 LE - an entry-level version of Live. It is aggressively priced at only $149 for the download version, and $199 US for a boxed version (which includes the Essential Instruments Collection).

Ableton's blurb on all this - "Step into computer-based music with more fun and less hassle. Live 6 LE provides a simple interface and the pro-level features you need for recording, songwriting, producing, remixing and DJing."

Live 6 LE Features:

  • Studio-quality recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
  • Sixty-four audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks per project
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing for software instruments
  • 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, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files for DJing and instant remixing
  • Tweak Live's controls in real time with any MIDI controller—just MIDI-map it or choose from a list of popular supported controllers for instant mapping
  • Multicore and multiprocessor support
  • All editing of your musical creations is nondestructive, so you can experiment without worries
  • Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation

As with Live 6, Live 6 LE comes with built-in tutorials called lessons to walk you through use of the software. The software is also localized into French, Spanish, German and Japanese.