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Article/review of Ableton live 1.0
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Jun 1, 2002 12:00 PM, BY DAVE HILL, JR.

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In October 2001, Ableton released one of the first software applications designed specifically for live performance, Live 1.0. Now, with the imminent release of 1.5 and notable performance enhancements, Ableton is hoping to show the world what can be accomplished by their lean, green, “sequencing-instrument” software. And just what is a “sequencing instrument”? Well, I'll tell you, but first I should say what it's not. Live 1.0 is not a traditional sequencer with MIDI Out capability or piano roll-style editing. And it is definitely not a software-based sampler, although it can act a little like one. Instead, Live 1.0 is an original. It bolsters sample (.WAV or .AIFF) playback and is the kind of live performance tool fans of Sonic Foundry's Acid and Propellerhead's Reason have been waiting for. Live can synchronize loops in terms of tempo or pitch, play one-shot or looped samples, edit those samples, add cool effects (even VST), record new audio into your performance and synchronize that audio with the project tempo. Better yet, all of your triggering, recording and other sonic exploration are recorded for later Acid-style editing, rendering to other applications (new in Version 1.5) or for the encore to your show. Of course, Ableton encourages you to try out Live 1.0 live onstage, but before we are so bold (because we've all cut our teeth on MIDI), let's get things working at home first.

Minimum system requirements for Live include a Mac G3 or faster with 128MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, Mac OS 9.04 or later, monitor with 800×600 resolution, 256 colors and OMS 2.3.8 or later. And for PC: 400 MHz, 128MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, Windows 95, 98, NT4.0/2000XP, monitor with 800×600 resolution, 256 colors, and a sound card with Direct X or ASIO drivers preferred. After installing the program on a Mac or PC, Live greets you with an authorization (copy-protection) screen prompting you for a response code and providing individual serial and challenge codes particular to your machine. You can obtain this code via Ableton's Website ( or by contacting the company by phone, e-mail or fax within a several-day grace period. I should point out that the license is per machine, so if you want to install your version on a second computer and wish to obtain a second response code, the charge is $175 (vs. the original price of $299). Also, check Ableton's “Download” page and fetch the most recent upgrade. And, while we were unable to test Version 1.5 (available April 2002), it is rumored to contain several marked improvements including a new reverb effect, render-to-disk functionality, and improved compatibility with Cubase, Logic, Reason and Digital Performer. Live 1.1, the version used for this review, can run on OS 9, OS X and Windows.