Comparing Ableton Live 10 Standard vs. Suite

Long story short, purchasing Live Standard is a fine choice for artists on a tight budget. Especially if you intend on using 3rd party instrument plugins and/ or sample libraries like



Intro Standard Suite
Key Features Limited Full Full
Software Instruments 4 5 15
Sounds 1500+
5+ GB
10+ GB
70+ GB
Audio Effects 21 34 55
MIDI Effects 8 8 17




Key Features

Intro Standard Suite
Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation Included Included Included
Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo Included Included Included
Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz Included Included Included
Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments Included Included Included
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching Included Included Included
Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project Included Included Included
Group tracks Updated for Live 10 Use multiple levels of groups to mix with greater flexibility and manage detailed arrangements more easily. Included Included Included
VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit support Updated for Live 10 Included Included Included
Time signature changes Included Included Included
Multiple automation lanes Included Included Included
Track Freeze Included Included Included
Capture MIDI New in Live 10 Recall your best ideas after you’ve played them – Capture MIDI can turn what you played into MIDI clips, without having to think about recording. Included Included Included
Automatic plug-in delay compensation Included Included Included
MIDI remote control instant mapping Included Included Included
MIDI output to hardware synths Included Included Included
MIDI Clock/sync Included Included Included
Generate or receive Pitch, Control, Clock and Trigger CV New in Live 10 Excluded Excluded Included
ReWire Included Included Included
Multicore/multiprocessor support Included Included Included
WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support Included Included Included
Ableton Link A technology that keeps instances of Live and a growing collection of iOS apps in time over a wireless network. Included Included Included
Audio & MIDI tracks 16 Unlimited Unlimited
Scenes 8 Unlimited Unlimited
Send and return tracks 2 12 12
Audio inputs Mono audio input channels 8 256 256
Audio outputs Mono audio output channels 8 256 256
Max for Live Updated for Live 10 Powers a range of instruments and devices in Live Suite, and lets you customize or build your own devices, change the way Live works, and connect Live with the world around it. Excluded Excluded Included
Complex warp modes Advanced algorithms for stretching audio, ideal for working with mixed audio or full tracks. Included Included Included
Audio-slicing Slice audio to a Drum Rack or Sampler instance. Excluded Included Included
Audio to MIDI Extract harmony, melody or drums from an audio sample and convert it to MIDI. Excluded Included Included
REX file support Support for ReCycle/Reason audio files. Excluded Included Included
POW-r dithering Mastering quality dithering modes for downsampling audio. Excluded Included Included
Video import/export Import video as a clip and save modified video and audio. Excluded Included Included
Groove Pool and extract groove A set of templates for timing and “feel” of sequences – or make your own by extracting timing from existing audio material. Excluded Included Included




Software Instruments

Intro Standard Suite
Analog Emulates the unique character of vintage analog synthesizers.
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Bass A monophonic virtual analog synthesizer that provides the entire palette of bass sounds in one device – from classically deep and clean to heavily distorted, rumbling tones.
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Collision Physical modeling instrument for authentic mallet percussion sounds and creative percussion.
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DrumSynths 8 devices to create unique drum and percussion sounds using synthesis.
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Electric The sounds of classic electric pianos.
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Operator A versatile synthesizer combining frequency modulation and subtractive synthesis.
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Poli A virtual analog synth designed for classic polyphonic chords and phrases. Its vintage character comes from de-tunable oscillators, a powerful modulation section and built-in chorus.
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Sampler Sampling instrument with multisample playback and import as well as profound sound design options.
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Tension Physical modeling string synthesizer.
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Wavetable New in Live 10 Immediately playable, infinitely capable, Wavetable is a new synthesizer built by Ableton. Stretch, morph and shape a wide range of waveforms into a rich and vast sound palette.
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External Instrument A tool for integrating your external hardware synthesizers into your Live Sets with the ease and flexibility of plug-ins.
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Drum Rack An instrument for layering samples, synths and effects in a classic 16-pad grid.
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Impulse A drum sampler with complex modulation capabilities.
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Simpler An easy-to-use but powerful sampler with classic synthesis parameters.
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Instrument Rack Combine multiple instruments and effects into a single device, allowing for split and layered sounds with customized Macro controls.
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