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.
- Learn More - http://www.ableton.com/live-le
- Chart of Live 6 vs Live 6 LE differences - http://www.ableton.com/pages/live_6_le/tour/comparison_chart
- Download free trial -http://www.ableton.com/pages/downloads/demo/le
- Buy - http://www.ableton.com/pages/shop/le