Ableton is an innovative and highly popular digital audio workstation (DAW) for Windows and Macos. Compared to other famous software sequencing tools, Ableton is designed to be a multi-tasking instrument for live performance and a primary tool for composition, recording, arranging, editing, and mixing. This multi-functional instrument was developed by German computer scientist Reinhold Voll, who also designed the standard hardware description language (LDML) used in many computer applications. Ableton's extensive library of sounds, samples, and other tools allows performers to create musical tracks that are precise and inspiring, as well as inspiring the artists who perform them. Ableton users can import Voll's original samples into their DAWs, as well.
Ableton's user interface is simple and can be customized with several add-ons and plugins. Ableton provides a large number of standard instruments and sound modules, which run on Windows or Macos. Ableton's most popular plug-ins are the AmpliTune synthesizer, the VST plug-in for Windows, the RTAS plugin for Macos, the MPC Plus for Windows, the Audio Precision for Macos, the Maschine plug-in for Macos, the Virtual Piano for Windows, the Wavetable Editor, the Analog Virtual MIDI plug-ins, the Online Noise Editor, the Advanced Mixer, the Color Edit plug-in, the Audio Saw Plug-in, the Audio Ciprocure plug-in, and the Audio Zoom for Windows. There are also a few unusual plugins, such as the Time Shift Audio Effects.
Ableton has been around since the mid-1990s, so it has had plenty of time to develop quality plugins for several of its instruments. However, one feature that has always been a part of Ableton is its comping feature. The comping feature allows users to mix multiple recorded or live tracks together, in order to see how they sound together. This was a particularly helpful feature on the keyboards of the time, since they were rather limited in terms of the number of tracks they could handle at once. Unfortunately, though, the comping feature of Ableton is no longer compatible with the newest versions of its software. However, there are several third-party plug-ins available for use with older versions of Ableton, so users may still be able to comp the data between two versions of Ableton Live.