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  • Which Ableton Live to buy?

    After feeling like I was beating my head against a wall trying to do something creative with Reaper and Cubase for a couple of years I decided to download the Ableton Live 8 free trial. A few hours later I still couldn't get the smile off my face and I achieved more in those hours than in the previous two years using the other DAWs mentioned. I want to buy it.

    I'm running the trial on a 2 GHz Core Duo notebook running 32 bit Vista that I share with the family. I plan on buying my own notebook in about 6 -> 9 months. Haven't decided on Mac or PC yet but either way it will run a 64 bit OS.

    If I buy 32 bit Live 8 now for use on my current 32 bit Vista machine, I will be buying something that will not make the most of 64 bit technology when I get my new machine. It seems logical to wait for a 64 bit version of Live 8, unless there will be some sort of upgrade path from 32 bit to 64 bit Live 8 possible without forking out a heap of extra $. Would this be the case?

    Another question is, if a 64 bit version of Live 8 came out would they also include a 32 bit version I could load onto my current 32 bit Vista machine? I want to consider this scenario in case a 64 bit version of Live 8 comes out before I can afford a new notebook.

    Last question. If I bought 32 bit Live 8 now, would I get access to a download of a Mac version in the future if I were to make the switch to Apple? You can have it installed on two machines simultaneously I see, can this be one on Mac and one on PC?

    I know I want it. Any advice appreciated as I don't want to make an expensive mistake.
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    Well, you're asking questions that really only someone from Live could answer...but I think it's pretty safe to say that if they come out with a 64-bit version, they still better have something that can run on 32-bit machines, or they're going to be ignoring a huge part of the market.

    I agree that Live is a great program, I use it for live performance running on a 64-bit Vista laptop as a 32-bit program...no problems at all. Very reliable.
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    • #3
      Thanks. Might just buy 32 bit version and assume they will offer an upgrade path to the 64 bit version for existing owners when it comes out. Done a bit more reading and it seems the company is focussing on bug fixes rather than new releases so 64 bit might be a ways off. I want to get into it NOW
      '76 Explorer, R7, '60 CS Strat
      JMP100 MV, Mesa DR, Roland JC60
      4 x 12 JCM900, 4x12 Recto

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      • #4
        I just can't get over how easy I found to make music using Live 8 and I'm yet to read a line from the manual. I'm not sure what functionality the other DAW packages (I used Cubase and Reaper) have that Live 8 doesn't (is it audio editing?), but this newb sure never saw it.
        '76 Explorer, R7, '60 CS Strat
        JMP100 MV, Mesa DR, Roland JC60
        4 x 12 JCM900, 4x12 Recto

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