Ableton Live
Ableton Live


Ableton Live free download for Mac

Ableton Live

26 February 2020

Record music using digital instruments, loops, and more.


Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac. Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live is an all-in-one production suite.

Ableton Live comes in three paid versions, see pricing options and version comparisons on the developer's 'shop' page.
Find your sound
  • Start in Arrangement View. Create and edit multitrack recordings in a straightforward linear view.
  • Go further in Session View. Switch to this one-of-a-kind interface to improvise and experiment with countless sounds and loops.
  • Access an endless palette of sounds. With 5 built-in synths, 3 samplers, 390 drum kits, and 4000 loops, the possibilities are endless.

What's new in Ableton Live

Version 10.1.9:
New features and improvements:
Interface Improvements:
  • When creating a time selection on a Group Track using keyboard commands, the selection behavior is now consistent with dragging with the mouse. This also applies to Group Tracks when making a time selection across multiple tracks.
  • Filenames containing Chinese and Japanese text are now properly indexed and searchable in Live's browser.
  • The translations for the Show Link Toggle and Start Stop Sync buttons is now consistent with other buttons in the Preferences.
Device Improvements:
  • When toggling between Width and Mid/Side Mode in the Utility device, the layout positions and size no longer change.
  • In the Delay device, it is now possible to toggle the filter on and off by clicking on the "Filter" text label next to the Filter On switch.
Push 2:
  • Updated Push 2's firmware to version 1.0.69. This firmware version fixes a bug that prevented LED animations from working, under certain circumstances.
  • VST3 plugins can now use the PreSonus VST extensions to observe the name and index of the track they are on and to control Live’s track volume, pan, mute, solo and sends. This support has been developed and tested against Softube’s Console One plugin but will also work with other plugins that implement the extensions.
Max for Live:
  • Updated the bundled Max build to version 8.1.1.
OS Support:
  • eLicenser protected plug-ins are working again on Mojave/Catalina.
  • When using a plug-in that wants to use Apple Events (such as eLicenser protected plug-ins), a localized text requesting permission appears in the macOS dialog, when the system language is set to German, Spanish, French, Italian or Japanese.
  • Interface
  • Devices
  • Midi Recording and Editing
  • Automation
  • Recording
  • VST3 / Plugins
  • Link
  • Control Surfaces
  • Max for Live
  • Previously, zoom-adaptive grid lines would shift off position when their width was adjusted in the Arrangement or Detail View.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when pasting Group Tracks, in certain circumstances.
  • On Windows, dialogs are now always centered on top of Live, even if Live is maximised.
  • Using a pinch gesture to vertically zoom the MIDI Editor and Arrangement tracks now works as expected on Windows.
  • Previously, fades would flicker when the cursor moved over fade handles.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented resizing a track by pressing ALT and scrolling with the mouse, if the track was placed after a folded Group Track.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when dragging a template Set from the User Library into the Session View.
  • Fixed a bug which caused Live to hang when a Set contained very short Arrangement clips.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when dragging or copying and pasting an unwarped clip over a tempo change.
  • Previously, notes playing in Session clips would be re-triggered by note chasing when the Arrangement loop caused playback to jump backward in time.
  • Auto-updates no longer interrupt the file recovery process after a crash.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when trying to unfold a missing sample item in the File Manager, if the sample was used as an imported waveform in the Wavetable device.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented automation in the Wavetable device from playing.
Midi Recording and Editing:
  • It is no longer possible for zero-duration notes to exist at the same start time as another note. This corrects various unwanted behaviors that previously occurred in the MIDI Note Editor when working with zero-duration notes.
  • Fixed unwanted behaviors that occurred when a track's Arm or Solo buttons were mapped to MIDI CCs.
  • Live no longer crashes when pressing the Tab key while dragging MIDI notes.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when redoing stretching or skewing automation envelopes.
  • Previously, duplicating a Rack chain would not result in duplicated automation.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when a looped audio clip's automation was overridden, under certain circumstances.
  • Copying automation envelopes from one plug-in device to another now works as expected.
  • Fixed some crashes related to automation envelopes.
  • Live no longer allows freezing tracks while recording. This prevents any possible loss of the recorded audio.
VST3 / Plugins:
  • Previously, Live could crash when rearranging tracks containing certain VST3 plug-ins, if Push was connected. Also, if return tracks and/or the Master track were controlled and contained certain VST3 plug-ins, adding audio or MIDI tracks would caused unwanted behavior in track controllability and the plug-in device.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented VST3 plug-in parameters from updating correctly.
  • Live no longer crashes when running unlicensed Waves plug-in devices.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when changing parameters in a plug-in device's floating window while Key Map Mode, MIDI Map Mode or Macro Map Mode was active.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the HALion 6 VST3 plug-in device from enabling multiple outputs.
  • When Link is enabled, the tempo of the second Link-enabled app now adjusts to match the first Link-enabled app.
Control Surfaces:
  • Fixed a bug that prevented certain plug-in devices and track controllability from working as expected.
  • The Note Mode of the selected track will be correctly recalled when loading a Set, if the selected track has something other than the default Note Mode selected on Push 1 or 2.
Max for Live:
  • Max for Live devices will now correctly return to their normal state when ungrouped from a Rack while Macro Map Mode is enabled. This behaviour is now consistent as with other Live devices.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when saving a Max for Live device that resided in the Master track, when the Crossfader had an assigned MIDI mapping.

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43 Ableton Live Reviews

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30 April 2019

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Perfect if you produce EDM, but if you're a songwriter, it's unusable. Logic is ten times better at half the price. I'd rather turn down work on film scores if I had to use this DAW.
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Version 10.0.6
30 April 2019
Perfect if you produce EDM, but if you're a songwriter, it's unusable. Logic is ten times better at half the price. I'd rather turn down work on film scores if I had to use this DAW.
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Version 10.0.6
23 July 2018
Version 10.0.2
27 January 2018
Ableton 10 public beta is released. Although Ableton 9 is one of the best DAW ever made to unleash your creativity. Ableton 10 doesn't really add that much new. It has some improvements and nice new delay plugins but that's it. No new innovative features or better mastering abilities and no better arrangement editor. IMO it is a mist change to put it in next gear. Now it just cruises at same speed. But I will upgrade for sure. It's is still the best DAW for my needs.
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Version 9.7.5
24 January 2017
Ableton is so impressive. Switched from a PC recently and could no longer use FL Studio, which turned out to be such a beautiful change in my life. Outstanding!
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Version 9.7.1
06 November 2016
Brilliant DAW that surpasses any other by offering huge creativity features. It is so versatile and easy to grab, only you are the limitation of doing great things with it. By far the best DAW with by far the best music making community !
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Version 9.6.2
11 June 2016
Absolutely the best and most creative DAW every made. The work flow enables and invites every musician to be creative with high standard quality. All offered plugins are insanely useful and give great control of what you want to achieve. One thing I think is 'troublesome ' is mastering with Live. I still think Logic ProX has the upper hand for doing this. Still, Ableton Live is a must have tool for modern musicians. Essential for sure ! Note worthy: it works great with UAD-2 plugins. With the thunderbolt version it has about zero latency which is truly amazing. Something you cannot say about Reaper or Cubase. Both have problems with latency with UAD hardware.
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Version 9.2.2
06 January 2015
Although i have a MacUpdate paid account the MacUpdate install it NOW is not working for me. And i do have Ableton Live version 9.1.6 installed but just wanted to test the services of MacUpdate with no luck. OH, by the way still give Ableton Live a 5 star rating although it is not my favorite DAW in my tool box o f DAW's i own/use.
Version 9.1.7
14 August 2014
Baby you'll get 5 stars again when you finally display Retina graphics ! Now go get dressed !
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Version 9.1.4
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03 September 2014
Yes I agree ! I love Ableton and using it for years but it needs to be Retina ready NOW.
30 October 2013
Ableton Live + Ableton Push = AWESOMENESS Thank you for making such great products.
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Version 9.0.6
Spike Jones
29 September 2013
Ableton Live and Push .. the perfect combination for making creative music. Top notch
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Version 9.0.6