In this article, I will guide you through the limitations that Ableton has put to its introduction version of music production software Ableton 10 lite. It’s not a big myth that everybody nowadays is wondering can Ableton can stack up to its competition? Is this software even worth it?
Time and time Ableton has proved that the functionalities in their digital audio workstation have abilities that other music production software cannot reach up to.
You might a conversation of should I start with Ableton? Is it even a worthy investment to make?
will I outgrow Ableton?
The way to answer this question is to look at Ableton as an overall software. you can check my article on how Ableton is the best DAW.
Coming back to this article, there are three versions of Ableton available for its uses which include Ableton intro, Ableton standard, Ableton suite.
Ableton intro starts at 99$ you can get it here if you are interested.
These are the limitations that are in Ableton lite,
No of audio tracks
No of midi tracks
No max for live
No auto slicing for audio samples
Limited Ableton sample library.
No of audio tracks
Audio tracks are nothing but strips where you can only add audio samples in the format of wav/mp3 files. A complex project will have about 40 to 150 audio tracks.
As a beginner when you are starting to learn Ableton you don’t need a big piece of software with all its abilities.
That’s the reason why Ableton has rolled out Ableton live lite/intro.
You will get 8 audio tracks to use in Ableton Live. The limitation in the number of tracks wouldn’t affect you much as you will be learning how to use the music production software in the first year.
When you outgrow you can always switch to the Ableton live standard version which is more than enough for a producer for the first 5 years.
Ableton standard version comes around 449$ so it’s a significant amount to invest but its worth it if you are here for the long run in music production.
Music production as a business requires you to invest a lot more. Let’s look at the next limitation in Ableton live intro/lite
No of Midi Tracks
Just like the audio tracks you are getting a limitation in the number of midi tracks you can have in your projects.
Midi tracks are used for software instruments to store the trigger signals from the user to do musical functions.
A single project can have only about 8 midi tracks.
You cannot add more.
Thus in total, you will be getting about 16 tracks to use in the intro/lite version.
One thing to note is the limitation on a return track. if you don’t know what is a return track it’s a send option that is available(like a mixing console).
You will be restricted to use only 2 return tracks in this license.
No max for Live
Max for live is a premium option that’s only available in the suite version of Ableton Live.
The suite version is the premium license you get with Ableton and it costs around 749$.
Max for live gives you access to create your plugins to make your music production process easier and making you automate things in a better way by building your plugins.
If you are starting as a producer you might not require this for the first 3 -5 years of your music production journey when you are trying to get better at making music.
Maslin JE is a Music Producer/Composer Who has been working in the Music Industry for over 10 years. Having an evolution from being a church keyboardist to becoming a full-time entrepreneur he has gained an abundance of experience in music production and entrepreneurship.