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Ableton LIVE Rig
Ableton LIVE is an “audio sequencer” that approaches the job of recording and assembling audio quite differently! This product allows you to load in audio “clips” such as drum loops, musical phrases, song sections or whole songs… all in different audio formats such as wav files, mp3, aif, etc. In addition, these audio clips may have been performed at various differing tempos. When you place the clips in a track in LIVE, they all will then play in sync with each other. The software “warps” or stretches the audio clips so the tempos match… and it does this in a very powerful way. This program also has “linear” tape style recording so you can add a vocal track, guitar, sax, etc too. It certainly is a new approach to creating music and there are many CD Rom libraries of sounds and loops available to draw from. This program is also Rewire enabled. Rewire allows it to receive the audio tracks in a “virtual” way from another application such as REASON. You can create midi backing tracks with all of the virtual synths, sample players and FX in REASON and then the REASON audio tracks will show up as audio tracks in your LIVE session via Rewire.
LIVE and REASON are 2 very complimentary products that work very well together and they present an entirely new way of creating music with your desktop studio. This program is called LIVE for one additional important reason. Live is a tool you can use… well… live. It can trigger clips, song sections, whole songs, record in real time… all while in “play”. This cutting edge technology has created a whole new performance possibility that is already taking place. Musicians are loading up a LIVE session with various loops, whole songs, breakdown sections, FX, musical hits, and “playing it all live” and remixing all of it on the fly. Other musicians can even jam along and their performances can be recorded and played back and looped and manipulated… all without the music ever stopping. That is why this product is revolutionary! You can even change the tuning or pitch of a clip without changing the tempo… try that with a tape recorder!