Ableton Live
Ableton Live
10.1.14

4.9

Ableton Live free download for Mac

Ableton Live10.1.14

16 May 2020

Record music using digital instruments, loops, and more.

Overview

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 10.1.14:

Note: Currently available for $314

  • Live will no longer crash when using the Axiom 49 61 Classic script.

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43 Reviews of Ableton Live

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tooloud
30 April 2019
Version: 10.0.6

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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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tooloud
30 April 2019
Version: 10.0.6
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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ict-ksuster
23 July 2018
Version: 10.0.2
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4.5
CloudB
27 January 2018
Version: 9.7.5
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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ottojohnson363
24 January 2017
Version: 9.7.1
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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5
Tommy-Gun
06 November 2016
Version: 9.6.2
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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Pat-Geerts
11 June 2016
Version: 9.2.2
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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Wts
06 January 2015
Version: 9.1.7
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.
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Maclover1-1
14 August 2014
Version: 9.1.4
Baby you'll get 5 stars again when you finally display Retina graphics ! Now go get dressed !
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5
Stef-Vandenabele
30 October 2013
Version: 9.0.6
Ableton Live + Ableton Push = AWESOMENESS Thank you for making such great products.
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Spike Jones
29 September 2013
Version: 9.0.6
Ableton Live and Push .. the perfect combination for making creative music. Top notch
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5
SpiessensMark
19 September 2013
Version: 9.0.6
Small update, big DAW.
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5
Mikael-B
02 April 2013
Version: 9.0.2b1
The new version is surprisingly compatible both with plugs and OS X versions with Intel 10.5 as the oldest. I run Ableton Live Suite 9 on 10.6.8 and the new version 9 features fit very well into what you already know about Live from version 8. So far I haven't found major issues though third party plug-ins may need updating. I use VST-plugs only at the moment: I find speed to be acceptable, but haven't measured anything yet. Of all the new features the Audio to MIDI yields very interesting results. I'm loving it. I will post a more detailed report later.
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Michael-Sebrecht
11 March 2013
Version: 9.0.2b1
The best DAW got even better. Awesome DAW
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Monkeyjunkey
06 March 2013
Version: 8.3.3
Ableton 9 is out.
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Mikael-B
19 February 2013
Version: 8.3.3
Ableton is on 25% off sale until the 4th of March. Free upgrade to version 9 which is coming 5th of March! Go to Abletons site for purchases.
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5
Stephen-Fry
24 October 2011
Version: 8.2.6
Finally paid for this brilliant DAW! Worth every penny. No other DAW/Sequencer comes even close. Its freedom and creativity.
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5
Rochade
13 September 2011
Version: 8.2.6
I haven't really given this a rating before?! 5 Stars in minimum. One of the most creative music apps available. Actually this means it helps you to be creative and to concentrate on your production - not that the app itself tries to be creative, like many other tools. Just experiment, jam, record and you will simply love how it works. This is how creating music should be understood.
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soundassault
08 May 2011
Version: 8.2.2
what can I say.. its practically my life line. The graphics are timeless.
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Moogan
29 March 2011
Version: 8.2.2
RElease notes: http://www.ableton.com/releasenotes-lesson
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Spike Jones
11 January 2011
Version: 8.2.1
This DAW is by far the best you can get your hands on. Admitting the GUI could be more bling-bling alike like Cubase or Logic but it works very intuitive nevertheless. Making arrangements is one of its strengths. Never seen before in another DAW. If you make music this is what you need. Period
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Masterminter
12 November 2010
Version: 8.2.1
I could not update version 8.1 to 8.2.1 it keeps crashing. After removing everything it worked on a clean install. Still the best DAW, no doubt.
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26cab40
13 October 2010
Version: 8.2.1
8.2.1 Release Notes Improvements and feature changes * Improvements to Amp presets including better folder organization, additional guitar and bass amp presets and various other changes. * Improvements to sound quality in Drum Machines. * Performance optimizations on many Rack presets. * Many delay devices now use the "Fade" Delay Transition mode, to avoid clicks. * All Latin Percussion sounds are additionally available as chromatically tuned Simpler presets. Bugfixes * Amp is now available in the trial version of Ableton Suite. * Removed duplicate Amp presets. * Fixed Hot-Swap behavior for a number of Session Drums and Drum Machines presets. * Fixed a bug that prevented the use of soundcards with only one input on OS X. * Fixed a crash that occurred when using a ReWire slave such as Reason and manipulating devices in the slave that were referred to by clips in Live.
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26cab40
30 September 2010
Version: 8.2
8.2 Release Notes Improvements and feature changes * Support for The Bridge, our collaborative project with Serato. The Bridge is free for users of Live/Suite 8. More info about The Bridge * Amp, an audio effect that models guitar amps and cabinets. Amp is free for Suite users. More info about Amp * Some changes were made to the Help Pages regarding how to report a crash and how to contact support. When restarting Live after a crash, Live produces a file named "Ableton Crash Report... .alp", whereas choosing "Get Support.." in Live's Help menu produces a file named "Ableton Status Report... .alp". Bugfixes * Improved compatibility for Antares Harmony VST. Now the plugin works in Stereo mode only when inserted in a track, while previously its 5 channels were active in such a case. * Fixed a bug that could prevent Live from deleting temporary Projects. * Fixed a rare crash that could occur with a combination of control surface selected in the Preferences, Ableton devices moved from track to track, and then tracks moved to different positions. * Fixed a crash that could occur after undoing the move of a track containing a clip into a group track, which occurred with a specific state of the Live Set. * Fixed a crash that could occur when entering mapping mode while a Max for Live device was in the clipboard. * Fixed a crash that occurred after triggering a 'stop slot' and recording outside the punch region. * Fixed a crash happening after pressing Del (return to default) after editing the volume of at least two Rack chains at once. * Fixed a crash that would happen while Live is slaved, and opening a Live Set containing a MIDI clip ready to Overdub, which would try to be triggered when loading the Set, before the undo history is ready. * Fixed a bug that would create corrupt documents if the user uses 'Save a Copy' but overwrites the original Live Set, then tries to restore that Set after a crash. Now, overwriting the current Set using 'Save a Copy' does the same thing as 'Save'. * Fixed a crash that occurred while remotely changing scenes while editing some clip property. * Core Audio driver is now listening for external sample rate changes, on the Mac. * Fixed a crash that could occur after undoing the pasting of an Instrument into an empty MIDI track. The crash could happen in other ways too, but that's the easiest to describe. * In some cases Live could crash when loading a document that overcomes limitation (like a Live set containing Operator on a computer where Operator is not unlocked). * Fixed a crash caused by a rounding error, causing some memory corruption * It was previously not possible to map a track group slot when the group track was unfolded, because the selection spreads over the whole local scene. Now the selection changes upon entering map mode, or when existing it, allowing to map the slot, and restoring the correct selection when done. * Fixed a crash that happened when moving a Max for Live device containing a "getpath" object to another track. * Live could hang changing clip parameters while jumping in the song while recording. * On some systems, Live is able to create Live packs that exceed 2 Gb, but could not read them. This is fixed by upgrading our packing Libraries. * Fixed a crash that happened in rare cases (revealed by using The Bridge, but it is not directly related to it) when trying to insert a first warp marker in an audio recording. * Fixed a crash happening when some MIDI targets where not available anymore but called. For example, it happened when having 2 MIDI clip selected in Session view, in a track containing at least a device, and then flattening the track. * Fixed a crash happening when rebuilding the set from the Undo history, related to 3rd devices. * Fixed a crash that occurred when trying to open a certain kind of corrupt document * Disabled editing the value of a VST plug-in parameter via the computer keyboard (only in the Ableton view of the plugin, not in the plugin's own interface). The VST specification doesn't allow Live to set the value correctly. * Fixed a crash that happened on a Mac whenever the number of channels for the opened audio interface would change. For example, changing the sample rate for some devices would implicitly change the number of inputs and/or outputs. * Fixed the drawing of notes while recording a MIDI clip in the Arrangement view. * Fixed many issues that caused memory corruption when using Complex Pro. A bug that made 192Khz files sound distorted when stretched with Complex Pro has also been corrected. * Fixed the display of looped MIDI clips in the Arrangement, which was a regression due to a fix that made MIDI notes draw correctly while recording (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=149012) * Fixed a crash that could occur when uninstalling a Live Pack and making the Library unavailable, by unplugging the external drive it is on, for example. * Fixed a crash that happened when using "dead keys" in message boxes, like pressing "z" when the "Do you want to save this Live set" dialog box was displayed. * Fixed a crash which was triggered by moving a fader or knob on a MIDI controller while in MIDI learn mode, and quitting Live at the same time. * Fixed a crash happening when having an incoming MIDI mapped message that would reach Live while loading a document. This had to do with the Undo history not yet being created, while the incoming message needed to access it. * Fixed Japanese text input. It was not possible to rename tracks with Japanese characters, for example.
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26cab40
18 August 2010
Version: 8.1.5
Live 8.1.5 Bugfixes - Unwarped clips could be placed incorrectly after opening a Live Set, if the Set was saved after changing the global tempo without first confirming the change with the Enter key or by clicking somewhere else in the interface. - Fixed a visual bug that made MIDI clips entirely black while recording, but before the first note was input. - Fixed a crash when observing 'has_stop_button' of a Group Track Slot via M4L GroupTrackSlot. - Fixed a crash that occurred when loading a Group preset containing an AU plug-in that is missing. - Fixed a crash that could occur with clips warped in Beats mode, Transients and back-and-forth envelope settings, when the loop extends outside the sample data. - Fixed a bug where typing a tempo in the BPM field of a warped clip would give a slightly wrong number (i.e. you type "100" and "100.0001" gets entered," which led to some neutrality problems. - 3rd party plug-in windows now always get the focus when clicked. - Blocked certain keys when a 3rd party plug-in window has the focus, such as the "Delete" and "Backspace" keys, which fixes the bug that would delete a plug-in or a track when pressing Delete/Backspace while editing a 3rd party plug-in in its own GUI. - Fixed a bug that would make a group slot lose its MIDI/Key mapping when moving the corresponding scene (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=140895) - Fixed a bug that prevented adding or removing the stop button of a group track slot while the group track is folded (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=140895) - Fixed a visual bug where a green overlay could be left orphaned in a 3rd party Ableton GUI - The Min or Max parameters in the mapping Browser, for mapped 3rd party plug-in parameters, could lose the focus as soon as they were touched. This made it impossible to edit them via the computer keyboard arrow keys. - The Ableton GUI of an AU plug-in would be empty after loading a native AU preset, for plug-ins having fewer than 32 parameters. In such a case, the GUI should be automatically populated. - Fixed a bug that prevented removing a parameter from the Ableton GUI of a 3rd party plu-gin while Configure mode is ON, if it was Macro-mapped. - Dragging a first warped clip in a non-empty Arrangement would sometimes set the tempo of the Live Set. The correct condition is that this should only happen if the Arrangement contains no clip at all. - It was not possible to click inside a multi-selection while in Key or MIDI map mode in order to change the selection and select only one of its constituents. This is now fixed. - Fixed another key handling problem for some plug-ins using a Cocoa view. - Fixed a bug where MIDI notes could hang if an AU plug-in was deactivated and then reactivated. - If the last note within the Loop brace, in a MIDI clip, overlapped the Loop end, selecting the loop brace and choosing "Duplicate" would duplicate the looped material's offset. Now duplication correctly duplicates the Loop length, at the correct position. - When an External Instrument was routed to a multi-timbral MIDI instrument, and that instrument or the containing track was moved, the routing would be reset to the default output. Now routings are correctly remembered. - Improved audio streaming performance for specific Live Sets with many audio files. - Corrected a bug that would make computer keyboard selection behave incorrectly after selecting a clip via remote control. - Fixed crash when mouse was pressed in the detail view before sample analysis finished. - Fixed crash when dragging MIDI from XLN's Addictive Drums. - Fixed a crash that occurred when zooming into a large waveform with an extreme zoom factor. - Fixed a bug that made Collision silent after deleting it and undoing. - Various other stability improvements
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5
Masterminter
06 July 2010
Version: 8.1.4
Simply, this is the best, most creative DAW for OSX and Windows. Period.
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John-Malis
06 November 2009
Version: 8.0.8
Version 8.0.8 fixes some issues I had with my Akai APC40. Finally we have a stable and usable version. Tops.
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Landi
15 September 2009
Version: 8.0.5
That's wonderful , thank you very much .
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Xk13
06 September 2009
Version: 8.0.4
This is the best app ever! It is the most versatile program for producing any kind of music and they have a really good and fast support.
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Jill-Pat
18 August 2009
Version: 8.0.4
For me this is clearly the best DAW ever made. Interface is very intuitive ones you are used to it. TOP
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Threedee912
17 June 2009
Version: 8.0.4
The Photoshop of audio. Not much else to say. Lots of great features, but you have to know what you are doing to get the most out of it.
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Killer-Klown-Kar
03 April 2009
Version: 8.0.1
Been waiting awhile for this. Bought the Suite 8 yesterday, will install and config this weekend. All I can say is very rarely does something come along that changes a paradigm, Live has done that. On the Mac the "competition" is Logic of course. But to me Live sounds better (Logic always sounds "squashed" to me) and has a much more fluid way of creation. Incredibly good and worth every penny.
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Jpinnix
01 October 2006
Version: 6.0.1
Powerful and easy to use. I own Logic and Reason too, but Live is the one I use the most.
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4.5
Anonymous
27 February 2005
Version: 4.1
What can't be said about Live? its perhaps the most versatile application for producing, performing, remixing, and even DJing music in the last 5 years. and its only going to get better. 4.1 includes the new "Operator" FM Synth. to describe Operator in a word: Powerful.
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Anonymous
21 January 2005
Version: 4.1
Able Live 4.1 Release Notes: http://www.ableton.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15812
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Anonymous
24 November 2004
Version: 4.0.4
use audio any way you want:
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Anonymous
14 October 2004
Version: 4.0.4
what's with ableton not providing release notes... even if they don't get into too much detail, it's always nice to have at least a general idea of what's been fixed/updated/changed/etc.
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Anonymous
24 July 2004
Version: 4.0.1
Such a GREAT upgrade! now with the soft synth support Live does everything i need - no more need for a purely linear sequencer like Cubase or Logic. Totally brilliant. Thanks Ableton!
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4.75
Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 3.0.4
This is one incredibly brilliant audio application. Please consider adding AU support. It's so annoying that the release notes are never published though. It seems that v3.04 sound quality is improved after what appears to be a regression in v3.03
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Anonymous
10 January 2004
Version: 3.0.2
This software is, as we say in the industry, "The Cat's A**". I have used many types of creative programs of this type on Macs and PC's and this one goes to the top of the list!
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4.75
Anonymous
10 January 2004
Version: 3.0.2
I'm still using 2.x, but Live is the most creative fun I've ever had on a computer. I don't understand that "veteran"'s review, but I suppose Live does not resemble the last 20 years of ponderous, limiting traditional music software. But numerous industry reviews confirm that Live is easier and more powerful than Acid or Soundtrack. And it does not crash. I'm saving up for version 3.
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4.25
Anonymous
10 January 2004
Version: 3.0.2
This application made me happy that I could stop running Acid on a PC. I'm finally able to play with loops in a much better way than acid ever allowed me to. (plus I get to do it on my mac!) Comparing this to Soundtrack? No question, Live is WAY better with a lot more options for composing. I don't see how a 20 year 'seasoned professional' would make such a silly sounding comment.
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Seymour Landers
03 January 2004
Version: 3.0.1
Live 3.0 sucked. It didn't do anything it said it was supposed to do, and I'm a seasoned professional with 20 years experience. Its a piece of junk, not worth buying.
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Anonymous
08 September 2003
Version: 3.0b1
Beta is working great. Still torn as to whether to buy Live or Soundtrack -- both are slick, but a bit pricey.
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