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Ableton Live is a perfect fit for loop-based music like electronic music of all varieties. It is especially suited to minimal techno and IDM, but is really suitable for any style of music that relies extensively on loops and samples. Ableton Live is also well-suited for sequencing out loop-based music through its Live view, while the Composer view allows for enough arranging features that you can take a song from concept to completion fairly easily.Ableton Live is less well-suited for fully recorded music that has no sample-based or looping components. It is less well-suited for non-electronic genres, although it is perfectly fine, but many of the features would not be useful or necessary in these cases.
Adobe Audition is great for businesses or for personal professional use, such as singing and more. However, I don't recommend Adobe Audition for people who are starting out with audio editing for example. In that case the huge investment wouldn't be worth, since it would take time for a beginner to get used to the software and by that time the subscription would have ended.
- Session View: This is the biggest advantage of Ableton. It provides you this view in which you can create different tracks for the same part of the song. For example:- If you are making the chorus of the song, you can save one thread. Now if you want to try and listen to a different drum set in a new thread, you can simply do that and listen to the new track while preserving the older one. Once you are satisfied with what you're listening, simple record the same in arrangement view and you are done. You can switch to the arrangement view and listen to the final song.
- Pre-installed instruments and loops:- Ableton's library which is included with the software itself while you purchase it is amazing. I bet you will ever need third-party plugins for it. It comes loaded with hundreds of loops and number of instruments which are completely professional and free to use.
- Amazing Graphical User Interface:- Even if you're a beginner in this field, Ableton can be learned within a few hours. The basic functionality of this software is very easy to understand and use. Of course, advanced stuff comes with practice but the basic functioning can be learned and within a few hours you are producing your own music.
- Has dozens of shortcuts available right out of the box so the most common tools are already available.
- Has both a waveform editor and a multitrack editor, making it easy to edit either an individual channel or the entire clip at once, depending on your needs.
- While it has an amazing range of tools and effects, they are well organized in the menus so they are at once easy to find and not overwhelming.
- You can edit right on the timeline, zooming in and out to make finding clips easy. You can also place markers for important sections.
- Audio clips can be matched to video inside Audition or you can work with audio already attached to a video. Audition makes matching audio to video extremely easy, showing the corresponding video in a panel as you adjust audio on the timeline.
- Version 10 chews up all my CPU but prior versions didn't
- Midi channel automation isn't intuitive, have to make an instrument group
- New version install should overwrite older versions
- More presets: Audition has a pretty solid library of sound effect presets, but could stand to add more to increase the ability and efficiency of the software.
- Help guide: it would be great, especially for newer users, if Audition implemented a help guide that could walk you through how to accomplish certain tasks.
- User interface: Audition could benefit from having more customization options to adapt to specific user preferences.
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It isn't easy to just jump in and learn the program, though most of Adobe products aren't easy to use the first time around. They UI is not friendly, and it is cumbersome and intimidating when you first try it. For simple audio changes, it seems to difficult to use, but for the more advanced audio work, it's the perfect solution.
Ableton Live 9.6
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I haven't had to reach out to support yet, but they're great at keeping me abreast with updates, compatibility issues, new features, and tons of videos on how to use the software. I feel like they're helping me success by giving me tools I can use in my daily work.
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I have not contacted support but given the large amount of users, I have no doubt that most problems can be solved fairly easily. A cursory search for known issues in Adobe Audition yields a support website with many workarounds posted by the official Audition team. They seem responsive and eager to continue fixing bugs and improving the application, which I take as a sign that their support is top notch, as I would expect from my experience using other Adobe products.
Ableton smokes the competition any day. I believe it is a way better program all around than the rest of the industry leaders. I have used FL Studio as well as GarageBand, and I can safely say that there is no other program that I would rather use for my production needs.
Adobe Audition is not as intuitive as ProTools, but the fact that it is part of the Adobe Creative Suite makes it far more cost efficient for smaller to medium businesses. It is far superior than Audacity and GarageBand with far more capabilities. We've selected Adobe Audition as our primary audio editing software because of it's capabilities with Premiere Pro and the fact that we generally use it for audio recording and minor edits- nothing that would need 30+ audio tracks and multiple custom plug ins, which I would prefer to use ProTools on
Technician in Professional ServicesMedia Production Company, 11-50 employees
Return on Investment
- Ableton Live allows me to rapidly sequence multitrack music as needed, without getting stuck at any step of the process.
- Ableton Live also allows me to quickly export or upload to SoundCloud for easy sharing. This is a big time-saver.
- The only negative ROI I can think of is the cost. There are competitors like Reaper that are much more affordable and have many of the same features.
- We don't really measure. But we pay for the Creative Cloud license for multiple users to allow them to be creative and do cool things. If anything, we've gotten a positive ROI because our video production attracts new talent and new talent means more billing opportunities.
Manager in Quality AssuranceComputer Software Company, 51-200 employees
Premium Consulting/Integration Services—
Entry-level set up fee?
Ableton Live Editions & Modules
|Live 10 Intro||$79|
|Live 10 Standard||$359|
|Live 10 Suite||$599|
|Live 11 Intro||$99|
|Live 11 Standard||$449|
|Live 11 Suite||$749|
|Live 10 Intro - Push||$799|
|Live 10 Standard - Push||$1,078|
|Live 10 Suite - Push||$1,278|
|Live 10 Standard - Students & Teachers||$269|
|Live 10 Suite - Students & Teachers||$449|
|Push + Live 10 Standard - Students & Teachers||$1,068|
|Push + Live 10 Suite - Students & Teachers||$1,248|
|Max for Live||$159|
|Max for Live - Crossgrade||$79|
Additional Pricing Details—
Premium Consulting/Integration Services—
Entry-level set up fee?
Audition Editions & Modules
|Audition - Individuals||$31.491|
|Single App - Business||$33.991|
- per month