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Attribute Ratings

  • Ableton Live is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Ableton Live and WavePad are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Ableton Live

100%
7 Ratings
10.0

WavePad

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

Ableton Live

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

WavePad

100%
1 Rating

Usability

Ableton Live

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

WavePad

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.6

Ableton Live

96%
6 Ratings
8.0

WavePad

80%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Ableton Live

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

WavePad

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Ableton

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.
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NCH Software

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.
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Pros

Ableton

  • 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.
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NCH Software

  • 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.
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Cons

Ableton

  • 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
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NCH Software

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

Ableton Live

Starting Price

$79

Editions & Modules

Ableton Live editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Live 10 Intro791
Live 10 Standard3592
Live 10 Suite5993
Live 11 Intro994
Live 11 Standard4495
Live 11 Suite7496
Live 10 Intro - Push7997
Live 10 Standard - Push1,0788
Live 10 Suite - Push1,2789
Live 10 Standard - Students & Teachers26910
Live 10 Suite - Students & Teachers44911
Push + Live 10 Standard - Students & Teachers1,06812
Push + Live 10 Suite - Students & Teachers1,24813
Max for Live15914
Max for Live - Crossgrade7915

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

WavePad

Starting Price

$39.95 per user

Editions & Modules

WavePad editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Standard Edition$39.951
Master's Edition$69.952

Footnotes

  1. per user
  2. per user

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Ableton

No answers on this topic

NCH Software

An important product for our production of customer ads.
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Usability

Ableton

No answers on this topic

NCH Software

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.
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Support Rating

Ableton

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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NCH Software

Phone support is not available.
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Implementation Rating

Ableton

No answers on this topic

NCH Software

It is a simple product to start using.
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Alternatives Considered

Ableton

I cannot say that the other programs listed aren't capable. They surely are. But for what I do and my workflow environment, Ableton suits my needs better. I know a lot of people that use Pro Tools and Logic Pro. They are both very powerful programs. I have knowledge of how to use them all. Going into different studios and collaborating with people, you need to know at least the basics of them all. But for me and my studio, we will continue to primarily use Ableton for the foreseeable future.
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NCH Software

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.
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Return on Investment

Ableton

  • 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.
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NCH Software

  • 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.
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