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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

WavePad

Highly recommended for voice over recording and editing. Great for splicing together several different recorded files to create a final track. Our voice over talent typically sends us their unedited recordings with multiple recordings of the script. Then we can listen to the different versions to select the best fit for our client. We just select the sections we like and copy them into a new file, then continue to add the sections until we have the final voice over. It is easy to tighten up or stretch out the recording to better fit our timeline.
We have not used WavePad for recording live music so not sure how well it is suited for that. If you need multi-track editing you will need another product. MixPad makes a nice companion.
Eric Lennep | 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

WavePad

  • Voice recording is our most used function. It is simple and straight forward. We have trained non-technical voice over talent to use it.
  • The cleanup tools have saved us from having to go out and rerecord some bad original recordings.
  • Being able to cut out sections of recordings and insert a different audio piece is a great time saver.
Eric Lennep | 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

WavePad

  • WavePad only works with a single audio track. NCH does offer MixPad for multi-track editing. We also use MixPad occasionally to mix background music with voice.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ableton Live

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WavePad

WavePad 10.0
Based on 1 answer
An important product for our production of customer ads.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Ableton Live

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WavePad

WavePad 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Easily handles basic audio recording and editing. Advanced editing features are there but if you don't already understand audio editing you will need to watch some of the provided videos to learn how to use the tools.
Eric Lennep | 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

WavePad

WavePad 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Phone support is not available.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Ableton Live

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WavePad

WavePad 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a simple product to start using.
Eric Lennep | 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

WavePad

We ran across WavePad years ago and used it for some simple music file edits. Cutting out some parts to make it fit better into the time slot. Audacity was recommended by a friend and we installed it and give it a brief try. We didn't find anything bad about it but came back to WavePad.
Eric Lennep | 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

WavePad

  • We are able to work with local voice-over talent and amateurs and that allows us to keep our cost low to our clients.
  • WavePad is so inexpensive that is pays for itself on the first project. The Master's edition is less than $100 and the standard edition is less than $50.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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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WavePad

General

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

WavePad Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard Edition$39.951
Master's Edition$69.951
  1. per user
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