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Ableton Live

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.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is great for recording multiple different tracks of audio at the same time with live inserts that you can later remove/edit if they do not suit the track. It always makes a backup of any file you copy in which is essential when working with original copies of files for clients, and you can rest easy knowing that any changes made can be reverted without having to start over or having any work be lost. You can compile many different tracks for larger-scale projects and group or bus them together with ease. The software is very user-friendly for beginners and is a great tool overall for anyone looking to edit audio. The only instance it is less suited it would be if you're only making small audio edits with any adobe video software. Also if your business is not heavy on audio editing or recording it may be a costly investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ableton Live

  • 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.
Jaspreet Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pro Tools

  • Integration with UAD - I have used Pro Tools with a number of UAD devices over the years and it always integrates perfectly, and saves CPU resources by offloading effects processing to dedicated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips on external hardware. Plus, UAD effects sound great!
  • Multitrack Recording and Arrangement of Music - This is really the big one for Pro Tools. It's for recording and arranging, and that's really its focus.
  • Import and Export - Pro Tools is great for its ability to import and export multitrack files in a way that mimics traditional analog multitrack recording.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ableton Live

  • Themes - Colourful themes can be introduced. Since DAWs are those toolsets which people tend to stare at for long hours. If colorful themes are introduced, this tool will become even more intuitive.
  • Cannot work well on legacy/ low configuration systems. This tool needs good systems which can support heavy lifting, therefore, do consider your base systems before starting to use this tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pro Tools

  • MIDI production
  • Pricey Add-ons
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Ableton Live

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Pro Tools

Pro Tools 7.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a hard question - I'd give it a 10 for having so many options but a 5 for being user friendly - as it has so many options.
JEFFREY HAZLITT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Ableton Live

Ableton Live 9.5
Based on 5 answers
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.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 9.0
Based on 6 answers
They take too long to get back to you, but they try to answer your questions and fix your issues
Krisstina Hawks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ableton Live

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.
Dominic Farrow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pro Tools

In my opinion, ProTools is the best audio editing tool currently on the market. It's very user-friendly, incredibly intuitive and has so many different functionalities that would take weeks to learn how to use them all and well if you needed them. It is far better suited than Audition, Garageband or Audacity for single-track editing as well as multiple track music recording/ editing, and provides you with far more features and benefits. The only real downside to ProTools is its price- it's fantastic for what you get but may not be worth the cost if all you are doing is small audio edits along with side video projects made or edited in the Adobe Suite. For sound effect layering, creating music tracks (where the midi controls are far superior to its competition), or multiple track recording, ProTools is without a doubt the best software on the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ableton Live

  • 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.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pro Tools

  • Positive - Industry standard, gives image of professionalism and reassurance to clients that they are in good hands.
  • Positive - Great integration with UAD means in certain configurations, you don't have to spend as much on a computer to get a large amount of processing power.
  • Negative - The cost and tie-in with hardware is prohibitive. Although it is possible to use Pro Tools without hardware, that is a less supported use case, and generally speaking, you will want to use the Pro Tools software with hardware together.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ableton Live

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Ableton Live Editions & Modules

Edition
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
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    Pro Tools

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Pro Tools Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Pro Tools - FirstFree
    Pro Tools29.992
    Pro Tools - Ultimate79.992
    1. Per User / Per Month
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