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Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by -igor, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. -igor macrumors member

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    So I am thinking of totally switching over to ableton live for pretty much everything. I am curious why most people don't use it as a main DAW but for generally a looping/remixing/programming tool. I think it's way less annoying than cubase, and it (i think) has all the features that pro tools m-powered, which i use now, has plus more automation abilities. So what are the real benefits of cubase, logic, pro tools, nuendo, etc. over live?

    Also, I have live lite right now and if I decide to get it I will get the downloadable upgrade to live 7. I'm guessing that I won't be able to use it on two computers since that's what the website faq says. I heard somewhere though, that it is possible to use on two computers with no additional cost. So what is the case, is it possible? Is it only possible when it is ordered packaged in the box? Or not possible any way?
     
  2. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    I think you'd be better of asking this on the ableton forum :)
     
  3. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    in no way am i trying to dissuade you from a switch, since i believe that people should work with the program that helps their workflow the most, but i am curious about this: what is automatable in Live that isn't in PT-M?
     
  4. -igor thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah that statement was kind of based on an ignorant assumption on my part...I tried to find out if PT-M can automate effects but could not figure it out, so I don't know if it is possible or not but I guess that I jumped to the conclusion that it can not. I haven't been able to do it at least. But anyway, live has more and better onboard effects than PT, and is much more intuitive to use I find.
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    yes, you can automate effect parameters in PT. when you pop open the plug, you'll see a button labeled 'auto'. press that and you'll get a popup that allows you to specify which parameters you want to automate.

    once you add and save those, you'll see them automatable in the edit window for that track (in the thing that lets you select volume, pan, mute).
     
  6. -igor thread starter macrumors member

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    well, thank you for the info. looks like I don't know anything.

    but anyway, i'm still wondering if there are any benefits to using the traditional DAWs for audio editing over live.
     
  7. natallica macrumors 6502

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    I use Live for composing and arranging, but I don't like the mixer as much as the mixer in say Logic or Cubase. Therefore, I Rewire Live into Logic or Cubase and do a final mix in one of those.

    -- N
     
  8. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    I use Ableton for pretty much anything.

    Go ahead and use it as a DAW, I think it's great for that purpose.

    Ever since Logic 8 came out I've been using that non stop, but Live is still my overall fav
     
  9. -igor thread starter macrumors member

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    seems like it will take over the world. it certainly has taken over mine.
     
  10. Loge macrumors 68020

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    As far as I can tell, Live does not have a score (music notation) editor, correct me if I'm wrong, but that makes it a non-starter for me.
     
  11. -igor thread starter macrumors member

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  12. Loge macrumors 68020

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    Well you did ask why people don't use it as a main DAW - I'm giving you one reason. In the meantime learn some manners.
     
  13. -igor thread starter macrumors member

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    i know I was bored and joking. if you're actually offended, I apologize.
     
  14. Loge macrumors 68020

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    Cheers no worries. :)
     
  15. c-Row macrumors 65816

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    Yes, mine too. It's probably the best investment I ever made. Throwing samples and loops in and out and just playing around brought back the joy of music making for me. :)
     

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