Mike Slinn
Mike Slinn

Ableton Live Notes

Published 2024-02-02.
Time to read: 2 minutes.

This page is part of the av_studio collection, categorized under Ableton Live.

Ableton is based in Berlin, Germany, as are Beatport, LANDR, Lofelt/Meta, Neumann, Native Instruments, SoundCloud, and Universal Music Group. Steinberg is based 300 km (180 miles) away in Hamburg.

I need to spend time networking in Berlin.

For a fun, intuitive experience of the essence of Ableton Live, try this.

Ableton Live

I started using Ableton Live, version 6, in February 2007. Now that Ableton is at version 11, I thought I would see if I should upgrade from version 9.

Ableton Live v10 was an upgrade targeted at Mac users, certain control surfaces and internationalization. I am not a Mac user, I do not have any of those control surfaces, and I prefer to use English, so I did not upgrade from Ableton Live v9 to v10. Version 10 also has an upgrade for Ableton Link that makes the feature actually usable, but I had no need for that feature then. The need arose recently.

However, many Ableton Live v11 features addressed general capabilities, and that interested me. I decided to upgrade my Ableton Live v9 Suite to the v11 Suite. The Suite gives 9 more instruments, 7 times as many sounds (75 GB!), 40% more audio effects, and 2 more MIDI effects. All for $289 CAD, plus the Canadian and Quebec taxes, totaling $43.28. I found the upgrade experience to be very smooth.

The Ableton Live Help is one of the most user-centric and well-thought-out pages of this type I have ever seen. My hat is off to you, Ableton! Respect.

The Ableton Live Manual is available as HTML and PDF. I find the PDF version to be easier to work with.


Ableton Live (All Versions) - Ultimate Assistant, a ChatGPT application by Charalampos Tenis. Expert in Ableton Live guidance, troubleshooting, offering interactive, user-centric support for all versions.

Windows Directories

Live Suite installation C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live 11 Suite\
Default VST2 C:\Program Files\VstPlugins\
Default VST3 C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3\
Icons C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live 11 Suite\Resources\Icons\
Icon for Live project folders C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live 11 Suite\Resources\Icons\set.ico

Mac Directories

Default VST2 /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/
Default VST3 /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST3/
AU/Component /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/

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