"I think, for laptop producers especially, it's just so intuitive in the box. Everything is laid out and you don't have to go searching for things like automation or plug-in parameters - in fact, all the things that are really hard to do in other DAWs. Ableton's just very fluid and quick."more
Armin van Buuren uses Ableton Live for mixing and editing his weekly radio show "A State of Trance." He also uses it to make edits and cuts for his DJ sets. For his productions, he uses Ableton when working with loops to create grooves, citing the usefulness of the Warp Markers.more
At 8:36 Dannic talks about making his mashups in Ableton. He then proceeds by showing his laptop screen. You can see that it's Ableton Live 8 because of the browser (the old folder icons instead of the arrangement of the user library from Ableton Live 9, and the standard blue interface).more
A German article has archived images of Justice's live setup from a show in Rio, which prominently displays Ableton Live on their MacBook Pro screen. These images were originally from a photographer on Orkut and provided to createdigitalmusic.com; however, the English-language article's images have all 404'd. Additionally, according to JazzMutant (the manufacturers for Justice's MIDI controllers, the Lemur), "The backbone of their setup consists in three synchronised Lemurs plugged into Ableton Live".more
From an archived interview with Ableton: "I was probably one of the first beta testers to get onboard, having known some of the guys at Ableton, and I got straight into it... Now on my DJ sets for the DE9: Transitions tour, I'm using Ableton as both an external effects box, routing things in and out of it again, and also for basic tracks and sound sources. So I have five or six hundred tracks in Ableton — full compositions, not just loops — full tracks that can be mixed and edited and manipulated."more
"As a composer I think Ableton Live has to be the software that has given me the most immediate way to write new things on a computer, rather than tape. At the same time it allows several additional levels of creativity, including that suggestion of mine that “finding” great sounds and loops can inspire new tracks.” [Electronic Musician interview Aug 1, 2007](https://www.emusician.com/gear/tracking-townshend)more
“I used to do most of my productions in Logic, and then five or six years ago I started with Ableton in my live setup. The more I learnt about the program, the more I started making music with it. For my latest album, 90% of it was produced, composed and arranged in Ableton. To me it has a more organic, natural flow. It seems much faster, too - if you have an idea, it’s quicker to make it happen. Of course, you can make a lot of mistakes in Ableton. When it comes to the different elements, you have to be very careful with what you use. Drums should really be within the beat as otherwise they lose their kick, their impact. You really need to handle that program well in order to have things sounding right. So in that way Logic is easier, but in terms of composing, I prefer Ableton these days.”more
As the third Macbook Pro, running Ableton Live, is not essential to the running of the show, Matt says he can manage without a backup, particularly as all three Macs are equipped with solid-state drives. Matt says this not only means that they reboot in double-quick time, but are also better at dealing with the SPLs on stage. "It means we don't need to worry about the needles on conventional hard disks jumping, which is a problem we've had in the past,” he says. - this article is from 2011 which means they couldn't be using 9 since 9 was released in 2013more
Most exciting for Metheny are the improvisational possibilities available to him in performing with his Orchestrion. Rather than simply playing on top of sequenced parts, **he is in complete control of the parameters of every instrument via Ableton Live** and can switch between, say, having a marimba or a vibraphone shadowing the guitar top lines he improvises on stage. "**Live, I'm able to do a lot of variations on things. I can also start with nothing and build a whole world, using Ableton.** It's a real different environment. I mean, obviously DP is a linear environment. Ableton is a sort of 3D environment, if you're using velocity. I can have lots of things kind of lying in wait that I only get to by increasing velocity. So there's a lot of control aspects of the Orchestrionic instruments that I can do live that are really fascinating. The panorama available is everything from the most composed, the most planned?out to absolutely improvised. And sort of every shade in between.”more
In this article from [Ableton's official site](https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/m83-ableton-live/) Anthony is quoted from an [interview with *PopMatters*](http://www.popmatters.com/post/151175-whos-shy-now-a-press-interview-with-anthony-gonzalez-of-m83/)“I love (Ableton Live) and I’m really convinced it’s the best thing that happened to music in ten years,” he said. “It’s so easy to be creative with it, really inspiring”.more
In an interview with DJ Times, when asked what they use in their studio, Hooks replies, "We use Ableton & FL Studio…" Due to the fact that the article was written in 2012, one can assume that they use Ableton Live 8. The full interview can be found [here](http://djtimes.com/zeds-dead-dynamic-duo/).more
"Yeah, I run Ableton and I control it with the [APC 40](https://equipboard.com/items/akai-professional-apc40-ableton-performance-controller) and also the [Akai MPD32](https://equipboard.com/items/akai-professional-mpd32-midi-usb-software-control-surface). That’s pretty much it — along with the two [Mophos](https://equipboard.com/items/dave-smith-instruments-mopho-synthesizer) — that’s my live setup." - [Com Truise](http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/com-truise). Judging by the submission date of this video you can see he's most likely using Ableton Live 8 at 1:14.more
In this video for Albeton Dj Jazzy Jeff talks about the software at 1:40 "It was the easiest thing in the world to set up because it automatically saw my interface, it automatically saw my Vst and audio unit instruments. And it was like everything I was used to working with was right there and then it had its own instruments it own y'know effects. And what i found is it got to a point where I was probably more creative than i've been in a really long time because i felt limitless."more
In [this interview](http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/read/youneedtohearthis-touching-bass-knxwledge) with Noisey, the journalist asks "What do you use these days to make beats?" and Knxwledge responds "Pretty much just Ableton. I’ve been using it long enough to say it’s the one. Preferably 8."more
When asked 1. Where do you gain inspiration for new tracks? 2. How did you get into producing on a professional level? 3. How did you become so great with FL Studio (that is to say, did you teach yourself, watch tutorials, etc.) on his reddit AMA, Tristan replied: "1.Usually, when I'm diving I'll just start singing a melody and then I burn it into my head, awkwardly bring out my phone and record it while trying to keep an eye on the road. 2.It's a very very hard step to take, but it's basically all about training your ear to "KNOW" what sounds good and what sounds bad... Once you have that skill, you don't need much more imo 3.I'm actually in Ableton now. The software doesn't matter so much. It's all about experience. "Flight" was produced in ableton" Original source [here](http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/18lrd8/i_am_tristama_musician_ama/c8fwicy).more
My main DAW. Really love the final sound from Ableton when bouncing my mixdown.
This photo is that of an audio file loaded in Ableton. The gray colors indicate that the version is Live 8. In another photo, on Fox Stevenson's instagram (link is in an earlier submission), the icon for Live 8 is seen on the bar at the bottom of his laptop. Therefore, Fox Stevenson uses Ableton Live 8.more
On C418's official site, in the section where he lists out his studio gear, C418 lists Ableton Live Suite 8 as his DAW. He says, "Now I have used Ableton Live for about 8 years now. I'm too used to their software to change to anything else. So I just ended up making EVERYTHING sound related in Live. Imagine I have the urge to brush teeth if I were a TRON program. I'd use Ableton Live. Just because I'm too used to it. Yeah." His site can be found [here](http://c418.org/boringbullshit/).more
Used to make *The Music Scene*, as stated in this January 14, 2010 *Wired* interview and Part 1 of [this June 19, 2018 This Savage Beauty interview](https://www.thissavagebeauty.com/magazine/2018/6/19/building-beats-with-blockhead). *Wired* > During the making of *The Music Scene*, he fell into a deep love affair with [Ableton production and performance software](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ableton). He hasn’t cheated on it since. > “It’s made everything possible,” he said. “In terms of matching and freaking the speeds and pitches of samples, it’s changed how I make beats. Before, I’d have to cut and paste, edit like crazy or just get incredibly lucky. With Ableton, all you do is line it up and find the right pitch. It’s too easy.” This Savage Beauty > I wasn’t organized until I started using Ableton. Before that when I sampled records, I just had a pile of them in the corner of my room, they were dollar-bin records, I didn’t care. Then I had all my stuff on floppy disks which I used for my old sampler. The organizational system came into place around 2009-2010 when I stopped sampling records and moved to a digital system. I needed to know where everything was and where I sourced my samples from. The more computers started to play a role in my beat making, the more organized I’ve become. > Ableton didn’t just cause me to be more organized, it introduced new techniques like time stretching and pitch shifting. Ableton is an incredible machine, I probably only know 5% of what it can do. I don’t actively pursue the knowledge; I like to work within the parameters of what I know. If you give me too much stuff, it’ll just distract me. > I like working with those kinds of limitations, and I’ve always done that. Even when I used to use my sampler, I just used that sampler and nothing extra. I just had this one thing and made everything on that. > With Ableton, I'm able to execute what I want to do. I’m sure I take a ton of detours to get to specific results, but I don’t mind. Given the release history of Ableton, the 2009-2010 organization evinces Live 8.more
In [this article](http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/jody-wisternoffs-favourite-music-software-554186), Jody says, “Now, Ableton rocks my world. I love the ease of pitching audio up and down - it’s almost like a visual sample editor mixed with a sequencer. The accuracy of the Elastic Audio engine is wicked as well."more
In this [blog post](http://whenthesunhitsblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/interview-dean-garcia-of-curve-and-spc.html) from *When The Sun Hits*, Dean is asked what the most important piece of gear he uses is, to which he replies "I use Abelton and Reason and a box of pedals that I have had for years."more
In their interview with the Phoenix New Times, The Twelves, in response to the question, "What tools do you use to create your music?", they responded: "Ableton Live, a MacBook Pro and some MIDI keyboards and sound cards.” Since the interview occurred in 2011, the version of Ableton Live they were using must have been 8.more
In a quick rig overview during a drum tutorial for Kiev's "Loot Recovered": "We also have some electronics involved for the samples on the chorus (...) This ties into our Ableton system and allows me to essentially play some electronics with the acoustic drums on the choruses." Considering that the tutorial was released in 2012, the current version of Ableton at that time would have been Ableton Live 8.more
Seriously, you need to get Ableton Live. It's the world's best DAW in my opinion (so don't take that the wrong way!) The workflow feels so easy to use and fluid, Everything is in one screen for you instead of having to have 10 windows open to access your plugin browser. And it is also the best DAW for OS X. Aside from a few minor Yosemite bugs like: ReWire not working without OpenTransport (Not available anymore), And Massive having a small black bar at the bottom of the wrapper sometimes, It's perfect in every single way <3
I've been using Ableton for about 6 or 7 years, and between the live and studio features, as well as the hefty amount of onboard plugins and instruments, I can't find an issue anywhere. Between the streamlined arrangement view, and the essential session view holding the mixer and clip launch functions, it doesn't take too long to get to know. A lot of people are turned off as soon as they see the layout for the first time, and I've met many people who cam vouch for this, but if you take your time, watch some tutorials and get the basics laid down, it can become a breeze very quickly. I'll quickly summarise some of the things about this DAW that makes it the 5 star choice in my opinion. - The intuitive browser and library sections make it incredibly easy to find exactly what you're looking for, which in my case is very important due to my masses of samples and VST plugins. - There is a vast network of tutorials, blogs, forums and websites entirely dedicated to Ableton, so you will always be able to find what you're looking to learn, or to master. - Ableton has an incredible stock range. From fantastic onboard synths, to sample-based drum racks, and their amazing audio and midi effects, you have everything you need to put a track or mix together from the initial installation. - I don't know where I'd be without Instrument racks. Creating the perfect bass, or lead, or anything for that matter, and saving all the effects parameters of both stock and VST plugins into one file makes instant recall ridiculously easy. All you have to do is highlight everything in the channel, and hit command and G (or CNTRL and G for windows users) and then hit the floppy disk logo in the bottom left corner to save that perfect synth you've spent hours on. - Using Ableton as a Live application is also incredibly creative, and fun, with many companies making dedicated controllers for Ableton such as Novation with their brilliant Launch range, and Akai with the APC range, allowing you to pretty much access every feature of Ableton you require without touching the computer. And last, but certainly not least, there are thousands if not millions of developers and designers out there working tireless every day to bring you the best in both free and premium Ableton content, whether it be a new instrument or effect with Max for Live, or simply a project that you can study to learn the basics of Ableton, or the defining characteristics of a certain genre, there will always be new content you can add to make your Ableton experience just that little bit more tailored to you, because if anything has to be said about music and it's creators, it's all about self-expression.
I really hope this helped anyone who was interested in the product, I am not paid by Ableton to say any of this, it is all entirely my own knowledge and opinion. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have! https://soundcloud.com/patrickwatsonni https://www.facebook.com/PatrickWatsonMusicNI http://www.reverbnation.com/patrickwatsonmusic
I had used the Intro version for a while; while it gave me a good taste of the Ableton layout, workflow, and the like, I realized my ambitions were outgrowing the software limitations and decided to upgrade to Standard 9, which is awesome.
I Currently use Ableton Live 8 still for going forward with my music production, also i did try out Ableton Live 9 Suite where i had crashing problems that would occur sometimes in 1 day, so I've been mostly using Ableton Live 8 for my music production with no problems with the software.
I use Ableton for all of my production at the moment, and I have yet to feel limited in ability. I've tried Cubase, Pro Tools, and FL Studio as well, and Ableton came out as the most lightweight, intuitive environment I've worked in.