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Ableton Live 8 Music Production Software

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Product Description

Ableton Live 8 Music Production Software is revolutionary software that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.
The winner of countless industry awards, Live integrates loop-based and linear production methodologies, including unique virtual instruments and effects, together in a single interface for unparalleled creative freedom.

New features in Live 8 include Movie Import, Deep Freeze editing technology, multicore/multiprocessor support, new and improved Ableton Devices, project management tools, and a comprehensive collection of instruments sampled at supreme fidelity. Live 8 is a complete music production system and also works perfectly with Pro Tools M-Powered. If you haven’t experienced Live 8, you owe it to yourself to see what all the buzz is about. Your music will never be the same.

New in Ableton Live 8
Version 8 enhances the Ableton vision of creative, real-time digital music with a wealth of new techniques, effects and most-wanted workflow improvements.

  • Multicore/multiprocessor support multiplies Live's processing power on Macs and PCs
  • Movie Import feature including warping sound to picture
  • Instrument and Effect Racks multiply the creative power of Live's devices and any plug-ins
  • Deep Freeze allows you to edit tracks even while they're frozen
  • New and improved Devices let you shape sound with precision and add warmth and dirt
  • Project management tools insure you stay on top of the creative chaos
  • Essential Instrument Collection with comprehensive collection of instruments sampled at supreme fidelity
  • Complete or track-wise merging of Live sets
  • Stretch markers to proportionally scale durations and start times of notes in the MIDI Editor
  • Copying and pasting for Warp Markers
  • Easier Warp Marker manipulations for multi-track recordings
  • Multi-destination MIDI and key mappings, with each mapping able to have its own range and polarity
  • Option to define any locator or the loop start as the song start point
  • Browser able to display file type, size and modification date
New Groove Engine
New Groove Engine Groove patterns can add life and swing to straight sequences. Live 8's new groove engine lets you apply groove patterns in real time, extract grooves from audio or MIDI sources, quantize audio and MIDI in real time. It also comes with a new groove library.

Groove patterns dynamically influence the timing and velocity/volume of audio and MIDI material. This can add life and swing to straight patterns, give a track more drive, or lend a piece an easy, laid-back feeling.

New Warping Engine
New Warping EngineLive 8 introduces a new, more direct way of working with warping and some important Warp Mode enhancements. You can now warp audio events by adjusting the events themselves on the timeline. Beats Mode has been updated, and there's a completely new Complex Warp Mode. Plus you can slice audio files to MIDI tracks based on transients.

Live 8 is the next logical step in warping evolution with a new, more intuitive warping paradigm and some important Warp Mode enhancements.

Looper A much-requested feature, the Ableton Looper effect 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.
Looper brings the creative power of classic sound-on-sound looping to Live, without the limitations of a hardware device. Inspired by some of our favorite sample/delay devices plus a good deal of Ableton wizardry, Looper provides plenty of scope in a super-simple interface.

New Effects
Multiband Dynamics Live 8 includes five powerful new effects, each with a strong personality and serious classic potential. These effects add a special Ableton shine to the well-known aspects of these devices, giving you effects that are not only practical and easy to use but also inspiring.
  • Vocoder:The famous singing robot effect. Vocoder is classic vocoding plus advanced, intricate control for flexibility and rich sound design.
  • Multiband Dynamics: Effective processing plus a refreshing approach to visualizing the dynamics involved lets you really see and hear what's going on.
  • Overdrive: Models the circuits found in legendary stompboxes and forms a perfect complement to Saturator and Dynamic Tube.
  • Limiter: An effective brick-wall limiter that will keep your peaks in check.
  • Frequency Shifter: Frequency shifting and ring modulation for flange effects, atonal harmonics and the sound of Fifties science fiction.
Workflow Enhancements
Enhanced MIDI Editor Version 8 makes Live easier with a number of most-wanted enhancements and some deceptively simple detail work including real-time crossfades in the Arrangement View, enhanced MIDI editing, group tracks, a screen magnifier and more.
  • Crossfades in Arrangement View: This much requested feature gives you real-time, non-destructive crossfades, neatly integrated into Live's familiar workflow.
  • The Enhanced MIDI Editor now features step recording, an insert marker and editing improvements.
  • Group Tracks Lets you group selected tracks (e.g. a group for drum tracks or a group for all backing vocals). Each group works like a separate mix buss with its own effects and routing settings. You can also collapse grouped tracks to preserve screen real estate.
  • Multi-Parameter Manipulation: Want to lower the volume of six different tracks? No need any more to adjust six different faders; just select all six tracks and adjust one volume control.
  • Magnify the User Interface For optimal visibility on dark stages or hi-res screens. Zoom out for the big picture.
  • Browser Waveform Display: Audio and MIDI browser preview now with waveform display and scrubbing for more informed browsing and file selection.
  • Plug-In Parameters: Improved configuration and control for plug-ins with numerous parameters.
The Live Concept
Live offers two main views—the Session View and the Arrangement View—that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. Here is the principle behind each view:

Session View
Session View Live's unique Session View acts as a powerful musical sketch and launch pad, allowing you to try out new ideas easily and improvise freely. Each cell in the Session View grid can hold a recording, MIDI file, or any other musical idea. These ideas can be recorded on the fly or dragged in from the Browser and played in any order and at any time you wish.

Arrangement View
Arrangement View The Arrangement View offers a timeline-based approach for traditional multitrack recording, MIDI sequencing and other music production tasks. You can even improvise in the Session View, and all of your actions will be recorded into the Arrangement View, where they can be edited whenever you like.

Standard Features
  • Completely real-time audio/MIDI production—compose, record, arrange and mix without ever hitting the Stop button
  • Integrate audio clips of different tempos and pitches into new compositions
  • Change tempo and pitch of your composition independently on the fly
  • Clip envelopes allow endless variations on loops
  • Proprietary time-stretching algorithms yield exceptional flexibility and fidelity
  • Drag and drop QuickTime movies with the ability to warp sound to picture
  • Optionally quantize your audio recordings/performances in real-time
  • Edit all aspects of a performance to perfection after the fact
  • Privately audition candidate audio from disk while the main mix continues
  • DJ-like crossfading
  • Record unlimited takes on unlimited tracks
  • Great built-in effects complete with automation
  • Includes virtual instruments
  • Simple interface for fluid creativity
  • Expandable via VST, AU and ReWire support
  • Compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered

Product Specifications
Ableton Live 8 Music Production Software Specifications

System Requirements
  • 1.8 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended, if supported by your computer)
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), DVD-ROM drive

  • 2 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7)
  • Windows XP (home or Pro), Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime recommended

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
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DJ-XTC from Los Angeles, CA
Overall Rating
Ok Program for Pure Players & Producers. BEST for pushbutton DJ's that remix.
Your general opinion of this product.
For the INSANE price it's short of descent in balance. Idealy Awesome for Cut n Paste Producers for sure & BEST program for DJ's nonetheless. Mandatory purchase for me. Sounds are so-so, purchased plugins.
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