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Ableton Live 9

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Ableton Live 9 review: 34 facts and highlights

Ableton Live 9
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Why is Ableton Live 9 better than the average?

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    Compatibility

    1.Is compatible with Windows
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    It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

    2.Is compatible with Mac OS X
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    It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

    3.Compatible with more MIDI controllers
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    The DJ software can be controlled by multiple simultaneous MIDI controllers.

    4.Is compatible with Android
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    It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.

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    Effects

    1.Has a reverb effect
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    Reverb occurs naturally when a sound is created in an enclosed space, and reflects from the walls. This effect can be created digitally, and is most noticeable when a sound cuts out suddenly and then continues to echo, slowly getting quieter.

    2.Has a gate effect
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    A gate is similar to a compressor. However, rather than attenuating signals which are above a certain value, it attenuates weak signals. This can be used eg. to reduce unwanted background noise.

    3.Has a brake effect
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    You can create a brake effect similar to real vinyl, where the song slows down and sounds distorted.

    4.Has a ping pong delay
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    Ping Pong delay is one of the most used effects in electronic music. It creates a wide stereo effect, bouncing from left to right. It can be really dramatic and is often used to build up momentum with things like drum crash sounds.

    5.Can mix videos
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    The software allows you to mix some types of video file, in order to create a visual as well as a musical performance.

    6.Has loops
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    The DJ software lets you repeat certain effects or parts of a song as much as you want. It started with CDJ players, where there was a “loop in” and “loop out” pair of buttons. You had to time precisely when you hit the buttons to get the perfect loop.

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    Audio processing

    1.Has automatic crossfade
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    This feature gives you the ability to switch from one song to the next by lowering the volume of one song and increasing volume of the other.

    2.Has quantization
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    The Dj software enables you to snap loops or effects to a certain time in the song. This can automatically be set per bar or per beat.

    3.Has reverse play
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    The DJ software can play songs in reverse mode. When activated the track starts going backwards.

    4.Has cue points
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    The software allows you to designate a point in the current song where you want the next song or sound effect to start.

    5.Has time stretching
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    Time stretching is the process of changing the speed or duration of an audio signal without affecting its pitch.

    6.number of decks

    10

    The total number of DJ decks that can be used in the software (usually the number of decks that a single DJ can control while mixing is 4).

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    File types

    1.Supports WAVE files
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    The DJ software supports WAVE (.wav) lossless audio format. These files don’t usually have any room for metadata.

    2.Supports MP3 files
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    The DJ software supports MP3 audio format. MP3 is the most widespread of the lossy formats. (MP3s at 320kbps are generally accepted as pretty indistinguishable from CD sound quality).

    3.Supports FLAC
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    The DJ software supports FLAC audio format (lossless format). FLAC files are compressed, usually to about half the size of the equivalent WAV.

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    Features

    1.Has beat gridding feature
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    This feature will find beats in the music so you can assign them to certain sound, effects and songs. Usually a visible grid appears over the track spectrum.

    2.Supports MIDI and HID controllers
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    The DJ software is compatible with most external MIDI and HID controllers.

    3.Has a high pass filter
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    A high pass filter reduces bass frequencies. This is common in dance music to create a “dropping the bass” sensation when the bass returns.

    4.Supports vinyl turntables
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    The DJ software supports external vinyl turntables.

    5.Has a low pass filter
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    A low pass filter reduces high frequencies and can be used to create a powerful bass - for example in drum and bass music.

    6.Has Internet broadcast feature
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    The DJ software allows you to broadcast your mix/live set live on the web. Usually external specific hardware is required.

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