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I've used Ableton Live 8 a fair bit on mates computers and with demo versions. Really get on well with it so thought I would go ahead and purchase myself a copy today until i saw the horrendus price tag! :/ They do have an "Intro" version which I could afford but it looks to have way to many limitations. I really love the live feature of Ableton and it's one of the things that won me over along with the ease of use.

My budget is basically £100. Does anyone know of any similar software for which I would get more features than the Ableton live Intro version and have something to rival Abletons live feature?

A few things to note:

* I mix electronic music with guitars so need to be able to record audio inputs.

* Must have VST support.

* Must have a feature thats good for playing live sets which lets me mix up and record music live like Abletons live feature.

Also I am not interested in FL Studio or fruity loops or whatever... Those programs feel so childish to use lol...

Really hope someone can help me out here. Thanks thumb.gif
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Glad to see a fellow Ableton user on here smile.gif

What amazing piece of software right?!
Personally I started with Reason, then discovered Logic at college before being introduced to Ableton by one of my teachers. I haven't looked back since. I too use it in the studio for composing, mixing & even mastering and then also during performances. It's just an all round brilliant tool...

And it's because of that, that it costs so much. I also started out with the free version that came bundled with a controller I bought. But I soon outgrew it, saved up, went all out and bought the suite which includes all of Abletons own instruments as well as loads of sounds for them!


In terms of an alternate software, there aren't many like Live, I did hear of this one software called "Bitwig Studio" http://bitwig.com/bitwig_studio.php
Everything from the layout down to the effects look just like Ableton, it supports VST, and you can record audio into it. Here's the downside though...

it's not out yet!

Apparently it's supposed to be entering a beta test phase soon so that might be your ticket in, but to be honest there aren't many other alternatives which work and look like Ableton do.
I'd say either wait for Bitwig Studio to be released or take the dive and buy Ableton Live 8 thumb.gif
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I'd check out Studio One from PreSonus. Not sure if it's quite what you're looking for as I tend to only work in the live side of things, but I've gotten Studio One and Studio One II licenses from purchasing interfaces and consoles from PreSonus and I have been extremely impressed with the DAW's.
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Glad to see a fellow Ableton user on here smile.gif
What amazing piece of software right?!
Personally I started with Reason, then discovered Logic at college before being introduced to Ableton by one of my teachers. I haven't looked back since. I too use it in the studio for composing, mixing & even mastering and then also during performances. It's just an all round brilliant tool...
And it's because of that, that it costs so much. I also started out with the free version that came bundled with a controller I bought. But I soon outgrew it, saved up, went all out and bought the suite which includes all of Abletons own instruments as well as loads of sounds for them!
In terms of an alternate software, there aren't many like Live, I did hear of this one software called "Bitwig Studio" http://bitwig.com/bitwig_studio.php
Everything from the layout down to the effects look just like Ableton, it supports VST, and you can record audio into it. Here's the downside though...
it's not out yet!
Apparently it's supposed to be entering a beta test phase soon so that might be your ticket in, but to be honest there aren't many other alternatives which work and look like Ableton do.
I'd say either wait for Bitwig Studio to be released or take the dive and buy Ableton Live 8 thumb.gif


I know it does it all! Such a good piece of software for so many reasons! I've used quite a few different programs but nothing seems to compare to Ableton. I like the look of that one you linked and have subscribed to the emails so I can hopefully get a beta invite, thanks smile.gif

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I'd check out Studio One from PreSonus. Not sure if it's quite what you're looking for as I tend to only work in the live side of things, but I've gotten Studio One and Studio One II licenses from purchasing interfaces and consoles from PreSonus and I have been extremely impressed with the DAW's.

Thanks for the tip! Had a look at that one but the cheaper versions/s seem to have to many limitations like Abletons intro version frown.gif


I guess I'm expecting a bit much of my budget really but just thought there might be some little affordable gem out there rolleyes.gif

I'm not in a rush to buy anything though so I'll hang in the bitwig beta as it looks very promising if the price is right smile.gif

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