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Ableton Live 12 Suite Music Production Software (Download Only)

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Quick overview

Ableton Live 12 is a fast, fluid, and adaptable software for music creation and performance. It has a variety of effects, instruments, sounds, and creative tools, allowing you to create any type of music. Create your own sound using Live's extensive library of instruments and effects, or transform a wide array of curated Packs into something entirely new.

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Ableton Live 12 is a fast, fluid, and adaptable software for music creation and performance. It has a variety of effects, instruments, sounds, and creative tools, allowing you to create any type of music.

Create your own sound using Live's extensive library of instruments and effects, or transform a wide array of curated Packs into something entirely new. And, because the software allows you to do everything in real time and is completely customisable, it's ideal for live performances and hands-on play, regardless of your setup.

Sequence your music using Live 12's linear Arrangement View, or the Session View to improvise and experiment with ideas outside of a timeline. Change the tempo and timing of any audio in real time without interrupting the music using Live's warping. Record MIDI or real-world instruments, vocals, or other sounds and use Live's creative capabilities to improve your performance, generate new ideas, or turn spontaneous moments into music. Use MIDI Transformations to add changes to your patterns, and MIDI Generators to generate fresh ideas that you can transform into your own. Use Sound Similarity to identify presets and sounds that are similar to those you are working on.

Ableton Live 12 New Features

Ableton Live 12 brings with it an array of new features.

MIDI Transformations and Generators

Use MIDI Transformations to create ornaments and articulations, draw acceleration and deceleration curves, connect consecutive notes and chords, and replicate a guitar strum. Take advantage of MIDI Generators, which allow you to generate playful and original ideas that you may develop and make your own. Extend your capabilities with enhanced Max for Live Transformations and Generators.

Sound Similarity

Begin with a sample and instruct Live's browser to identify similar sounds and instrument or drum presets using a suite of powerful machine learning techniques. Alternatively, utilise Simpler or Drum Rack's Sound Similarity to identify and swap similar samples.

Tuning systems

Work outside of 12-tone equal temperament, and utilise your preferred tuning with Live's devices as well as any MPE-compatible plugin or hardware.

Keys and Scales

Alter or develop ideas within the constraints of the chosen scale, or match the scale of MIDI devices to the audio clip being played.

New devices

Roar, Live's new saturation and colouring effect, allows you to create anything from subtle and precise mastering-grade warmth to wild and unpredictable sound deterioration. Meld's twin sound engines provide opportunities to experiment with various textures and timbres. Alternatively, Granulator III, the most recent generation of Robert Henke's granular synthesis instrument, allows for considerably more expression.

MIDI Editor enhancements

Use your keyboard and mouse to edit MIDI in new ways. Divide a note in two or split it into many sections. Choose a series of notes and connect them together, or have them cover a specific time span. The Note Utilities panel allows you to access additional tools such as Fit Scale, Humanise, Add Intervals, and more.

Workflow enhancements

Layer Live's Clip and Device Views to view more of your track's activity. Use Live's Mixer in Arrangement View to gain additional information and control without switching to Session View and disrupting the flow. The new tagging system and search history in the Browser make it easier to discover new sounds and find them again. In addition, you can freeze and flatten a track in a single step.

Accessibility and navigation enhancements

Visually challenged artists can now utilise screen readers and other assistive technology to access fundamental workflows in Live, as well as new keyboard shortcuts to navigate almost every section of the software.

New Packs

Learn new methods for performing on the move with the four Max for Live devices in the Performance Pack, discover unusual instruments and unique foley recordings in the Lost and Found collection, and get your hands on authentic hip-hop and trap rhythms with two drum Packs from Sound Oracle.

About Ableton Live

Creating with Live has no bounds. With Live's two modes of operation and a plethora of creative tools and sounds that can be combined in countless ways, the only limit to your music is your imagination. Live gives the tools you need to capture your ideas as well as uncover new ones. Its synthesisers use wavetable, FM, subtractive, granular, analogue, and physical modelling architectures to produce a wide range of sounds. Every Live edition includes the Core Library, which contains vintage synths, analogue drum machines, keys, multi-sampled drums, and much more.

Perform with Live

On stage, you can play, resequence, and remix your music in real time. Use versatile MIDI mapping to configure practically any aspect of Live for hands-on management with your controller. You can create your own unique combinations of instruments and effects, as well as control any number of parameters with up to 16 Macro knobs. Find your favourite settings and save them as macro snapshots to create builds, drops, and instant variations during your performance.

Use Live to bring your show together. Control external hardware, including outboard effects and mixing desks. Improvise your own sounds, resample them, or process audio played by others in real time. And Live can be a dynamic component of the band, listening to incoming audio and adjusting its tempo in real time. DJs can also utilise Live as a tempo-synced FX box.

Connect, extend, and customise

Connect Live to any MIDI controller, including MPE-compatible devices, to apply bends, slides, and pressure to individual notes in a chord, make subtle expression modifications, and use your hands to create dynamic audio tapestries.

Extend your setup with Ableton Link, a technique integrated into Live that keeps numerous devices in sync across a network connection. It makes it simple to use alongside other music software such as Reason, Serato, and an ever-expanding list of iOS apps and Link-integrated gear. And with Note, our iOS tool for sketching musical ideas, you can start a track on the move and finish it in Live.

Max for Live, which integrates the Max programming environment directly into Live, enables even more inventive ways to connect and customise. It allows you to customise many of Live's gadgets, create your own from scratch, and even hack Live's functionality. You may link Live to a variety of devices, including lights, cameras, sensors, and surround sound systems.

  • Multitrack Audio recording and MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments.
  • Unique Session View for nonlinear composition, flexible performance and improvisation.
  • Real-time warping of audio: automatically sync music and loops, regardless of tempo.
  • MIDI-mappable controls for hands-on creation onstage or in the studio – plus automatic mapping for popular hardware controllers.
  • Comping: select and combine the best of multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance. 
  • Linked-track editing: link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously.
  • Group tracks: use multiple levels of groups to mix with greater flexibility and manage detailed arrangements more easily.
  • Audio-to-MIDI conversion tools: extract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it into MIDI. 
  • Tempo following: Live adjusts its tempo in real time based on an incoming audio signal.
  • Note chance and velocity chance: set the probability that a MIDI note or drum hit will occur and define ranges for velocity probability to generate pattern variations and humanize dynamics.
  • Combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device with Instrument Racks
  • Combine MIDI effects into a single device with MIDI Effect Racks
  • Comprehensive selection of built-in audio effects for creative sound design, mixing or mastering
  • MIDI Transformations and Generators: use Transformations to create a variety of simple or complex variations of your MIDI clips, or conjure up playful and original ideas with Generators.
  • Sound Similarity: start with a sample and tell Live’s browser to find comparable sounds and instrument or drum presets.
  • Advanced sampling and slicing tools
  • VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit support
  • MIDI Polyphonic Expression: allows MPE-capable devices to control multiple parameters of every note in real time for more expressive instrumental performances.
  • Groove engine to apply swing to audio or MIDI, or extract rhythmic feel from other audio files
  • Import video as a clip and save modified video and audio
  • Time signature changes
  • Built-in Max for Live software with more instruments, audio and MIDI effects, and the ability to customise Live 

Instruments, effects and sounds:

  • 20 instruments: Wavetable, Operator, Analog, Meld, Sampler, Simpler, Granulator III, Drift, Electric, Tension, Collision, Bass, Poli, Drum Rack, Drum Synths, Impulse, CV Instrument and CV Triggers, Instrument Racks and the External Instrument device
  • 58 Audio and 14 MIDI effects, including Roar, Hybrid Reverb, Spectral Time and Spectral Resonator
  • 14 MIDI Tools
  • 71+GB of loops and samples

Please note, this is a downloadable copy of Ableton Live 12, you will receive your download code via email usually within 12hrs of purchase.


  • Non-destructive editing with unlimited undo
  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
  • Automatic plug-in delay compensation
  • Ableton Link integration
  • MPE support
  • MIDI remote control instant mapping
  • MIDI output to hardware synths
  • MIDI Clock/sync
  • Generate or receive Pitch, Control, Clock and Trigger CV
  • Multicore/multiprocessor support
  • WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
  • Unlimited Audio and MIDI tracks
  • Unlimited Scenes
  • 12 Send and return tracks
  • 256 Audio inputs, 256 outputs
  • Rex file support
  • POW-r dithering
  • Groove Pool and extract groove
  • Capture MIDI

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