Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9 review: 52 facts and highlights

Ableton Live 9

Why is Ableton Live 9 better than the average?


It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.
It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.
works with Linux/Unix OS
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The software is compatible with Linux/Unix OS.
Is free and open source
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Anyone is free to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software.
The DJ software can be controlled by multiple simultaneous MIDI controllers.
Is compatible with iOS
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It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The DJ software is compatible with iTunes library and playlists.


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.
Has a delay/echo effect
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The delay/echo sound effect will let you hear your sound rebounded back at you. It’s simply the same sound, repeated again and again.
Has scratch effect
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This feature gives you the ability to create the classic DJ effect of scratching a vinyl record while playing.
Has a flanger effect
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Flanging is a type of phasing where two signals are introduced milliseconds apart, and then the two signals are mixed together. The delay time is varied, creating a whooshing or jet plane like effect.
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.
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.
Has pitch shifting
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Also known as pitch bend, pitch shifting allows you to change the pitch of the music.
Has a gate effect
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A gate is similar to a compressor. However, rather than attenuating signals above a certain value, it attenuates weak signals. This can be used, for instance, to reduce unwanted background noise.
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Audio processing

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.
In order to have a smoother transition while mixing, the software can automatically sync the tempo/beat of the two songs.
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.
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.
Has automatic cue points
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The software can set a number of cue points inside the track automatically.
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.
Has automatic volume gain
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The DJ program can automatically adjust the gain volume of two songs so they can better match so that the sound is more agreeable to the listener.
Has reverse play
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The DJ software can play songs in reverse mode. When activated the track starts going backwards.
Has synchronized samplers
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The DJ software features synchronized samplers with instant record and playback slots. Synchronized samplers let the DJ perform astounding remixes live.

File types

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).
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.
Supports AAC files
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The DJ software supports AAC audio format. It is the native lossy format of Apple’s iTunes, iPod, iPad etc. It usually has the file extension m4a.
Supports AIFF files
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The DJ software supports AIFF audio format (lossless format). Be aware that they’re not as universally playable as WAVE files once you get away from Macs.
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.


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.
The software allows recording mixtapes/sets directly on your HDD in different audio formats.
With a mixing history feature, the software automatically saves your audio tracks, enabling you to browse lists of tracks played in past mixing sessions.
The software can automatically detect the key the music is in, allowing you to easily mix tracks with similar keys. This feature could help DJs in choose a suitable song to mix next.
The DJ software is compatible with most external MIDI and HID controllers.
Supports microphones
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The DJ software supports external microphones hardware and often has a special control section for that.
The DJ software lets you create and save playlists with all your favorite tracks. Playlists can be saved, modified and played over and over.
Supports CD players
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The DJ software supports external CD player hardware.
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.

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