Beatmacher Deluxe

By Andrew Lentz Published November 9, 2009

When Ableton Live debuted almost a decade ago, the German software-maker’s supremely user-friendly interface and game-changing technology took the turntablist art from analog 1s and 2s, to the digital realm — earth shattering stuff whether you were a DJ or an acoustic drummer who wanted to incorporate loops into their live setups.

Now the hip young company (employing many musicians who play around the Mitte district of Berlin, the world’s techno capital) is offering Ableton Live Intro, a package that provides the essentials of Ableton Live, the flagship product from Ableton AG.

For both talented newcomers and seasoned professionals, Live Intro has got what it takes for writing songs, making beats, recording, remixing, DJing and performing music live on stage.

For those just starting out, Live Intro's fluid workflow, real-time audio manipulation and an impressive 7 GB of instruments beats and loops provide the tools you need to enter the world of music production and digital DJing — all for less than the price of a plug-in.

For established DJs and producers, Live Intro provides studio-quality sound and an opportunity to plug Live's renowned composition and performance features into any digital audio setup via ReWire.

Key features . . . . • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz, • MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments • Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching • Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo • Supports AIFF, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files, and 500 built-in Instrument Racks and Drum Racks plus Simpler (a sampler) and Impulse (a virtual drum machine).

Live Intro is available as a boxed product and as a download from music retailers worldwide and in the Ableton web shop. Pricing is around USD 99/EUR 99.