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Ableton Live review: This digital audio workstation does it all

The best software for creating and recording music, as well as live performance. A bit pricey, but worth it.

At a Glance
At a Glance
  • Though it takes some getting used to, Ableton Live's clever workflow and integrated time, pitch, and tempo manipulation of audio makes it uniquely powerful. Now back in active development, it's a must-see program. A demo is available and if you don't see a feature you're used to, read the docs or visit a forum. Odds are there's a better, quicker way to do what you want in Ableton. Read the full review


    • Great workflow and ease of use once you're up to speed
    • Integrated tempo, pitch, and timing manipulation for audio
    • Excellent effects and instruments


    • No notation or audio source editing
    • Relatively expensive
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