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Likelihood to Recommend

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

GarageBand

  • So for an individual who likes to record music and add some cool tracks to it, nothing beats GarageBand. GarageBand is just so convenient to use, and the best thing is I can edit it on any device I am currently on. So If I am traveling, I can use my iPad or iPhone to edit the same track, which I was writing earlier. As long as you have the Apple ecosystem, you can be a "One man band."
  • However, when the scale increases to production-grade, this won't be an ideal place to go for it. Also, I believe many times the inbuilt tracks, and for that matter, the ones available online are also just a small subset of what you find in the other apps.
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

GarageBand

  • GarageBand is very intuitive
  • GarageBand is easy to learn
Shawngela Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ableton Live

  • Writing music to video
  • Price is a bit higher than competitiors
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

GarageBand

  • So many features one can get lost.
  • The learning curve is steep then mellows out.
Ben Caplan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Ableton Live

Ableton Live 9.7
Based on 4 answers
Great product.
sam heminger | TrustRadius Reviewer

GarageBand

GarageBand 9.3
Based on 3 answers
I have never tried it. It's just simple, and you should be able to navigate most of it via self-exploration and Apple Help.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ableton Live

Ableton Live has just the right feature set for electronic music production. It offers more professional features than GarageBand, while not featuring the level of hardware integration or other high end features that you find in Avid Pro Tools. However, I prefer Ableton Live over Avid Pro Tools for electronic music and loop-based or sample-based music production. Pro Tools is great when you are in a studio that has the hardware and you are laying down track after track of recorded audio. But Pro Tools does not have any features to help with songwriting, production, composition, or arrangement. Ableton Live is made with the creator in mind so it has features like the Live view, as distinct from Arrangement view, which allow the creator to easily mix-and-match different sounds and arrangements as a way of discovering what works and what doesn't for a song. Pro Tools is better when the song is already written and you just want to record it, but Ableton Live is better when you are still searching for the eventual arrangement of the song and want to experiment with a lot of different options
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

GarageBand

I have used Adobe Audition before but found it to be hard to learn. Some of the features were very nice but too much for what I needed to justify the price. GarageBand is perfect for my needs and it came free with my Mac laptop. That is the best deal in town!
Shawngela Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ableton Live

  • I am not sure about the ROI from this software, but the music it makes helps us make the videos highly user-friendly and intuitive. The content delivery is maximized to its limits. Overall the people are able to understand the content in a much better form which ultimately helps the company. I cannot specify this in figures but yes, it is helping us and our people in a number of ways.
Jaspreet Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

GarageBand

  • This has made podcasting much easier which means more episodes.
  • Due to the simplicity of recording podcasts, we have seen an increase in user traffic.
Ben Caplan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ableton Live

General

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

GarageBand

General

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

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