Live 9 Intro is, as the name suggests, the perfect introduction to the world of Ableton Live. Although the features are limited, Intro is a great place to start if you're not sure whether the software will be right for you or if you only require the basic functionality. It's worth noting that upgrade paths are available to all other versions of Live 9.
One of the biggest selling points of all version of Live is the Session View mode, in which you can create ‘clips’ of both audio and MIDI. This way of working means you can really play around with the structure of a song and encourage your own creative juices to flow. This view is perfect for live performance too as you can use the intuitive clip launching system alongside a range of audio effects including filters, chorus, compression, EQ, delay and much more.
If Session View doesn't sound like something you'd be interested in then don't worry, Live Intro can still be used as a more ‘standard’ Digital Audio Workstation. The Arrangement View lets you record audio and MIDI as you would with most sequencers and is still an extremely powerful tool in the studio. This mode is also useful for completing the tracks which you've started in session view and adding any other elements which you may want to include.
This version of Ableton Live 9 has is packaged with three instruments, each of them providing something different to help you make music. Simpler is a classic synth that's surprisingly easy to use. It's capable of a lot within its limited controls and will enable you to become more creative. A drum sampler is included too, known as Impulse. This instrument has some crazy modulation possibilities and is a great performance instrument. Finally, we have the drum rack. Although perfect for triggering drums it can trigger anything you like in the 16 pad grid which it offers. Also included with Live 9 Intro are a variety of packs features samples and loops and a variety of audio and MIDI effects.
Please note as this is the "intro" version of Live 9 the following limitations do apply - Audio and MIDI tracks are limited to 16 instances, the maximum number of ‘scenes’ is 8, only 2 send/return tracks can be created, audio input and output is limited to two mono channels each. For a full feature comparison of each version of Ableton Live and to decide which is best for you click here.
Manufacturer Ableton Model Live 9 Intro System Requirements Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 or later PC with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 Multicore processor 2 GB RAM 1024x768 display DVD drive 3GB for minimal install, 6GB recommended Supported Formats WAV AIFF MPEG Ogg Vorbis FLAC VST Audio Unit Included Accessories A DVD with your Live 9 installer DVDs with all your included Sounds A printed manual Stickers
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