Ableton Live

Version 8. Includes updates to warping and effects.

Application Details:

Version: 8.x
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.4-rc5

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Works perfectly well with with the default/open-source Xorg drivers (radeon/ati). All VST plugins tried so far work great. WineASIO makes audio lower latency less chance of dropping samples.

What does not

The program completely fails to open with the ATI FGLRX (proprietary) driver. I can't see exactly what the problem is. This might only be a problem for crappy old ATI laptop graphics like my Radeon Mobility X1400/RV515. It seems really strange that ATI's crappy proprietary Xorg driver can have this effect on a program with no graphics. I'll try to get this up on the bug tracker too.


What was not tested

ReWire, control surfaces, interprogram midi (JACK/ALSA midi routing to/from Live), external midi, etc.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I'd still call this programs' compatibility "platinum" because I think FGLRX is rarely enabled by default (for being proprietary). And even tho WineASIO con be a bit of a hassle to find, DAWs usually require separate ASIO driver configuration (for low latency audio).

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentMandriva 2011Mar 06 20121.4-rc5Yes Yes PlatinumMichael 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64Feb 02 20121.4-rc1Yes Yes Platinumed pi 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jul 05 20111.3.22Yes Yes Bronzeed pi 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 24 20101.3.9Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Oct 14 20101.3.4Yes Yes Golded pi 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


Audio / Video File Support

For Codec support install QuickTime with winetricks. Tested with .mp3 audio and .mp4 video files.
I get missing gstreamer 32bit lib errors when I don't do this. So I suppose gstreamer could be an native alternative.

$ winetricks quicktime72

Set your Windows version to Vista or 7 in winetricks to get rid of the black screen bug from QuickTime.

Black Screen on Startup

If you have the screen cleared black on startup when you use QuickTime for codecs, you have encountered Bug 1347.

Set Wine to Windows 7 mode in winecfg to f­ix this.

Bad Audio Quality

If you have bad audio quality, try a sample rate of 48000 in the audio settings.

If this does not help and you use pulseaudio (default on Ubuntu), kill it. Kill it with fire. (sudo killall pulseaudio).
Make sure the audio test in winecfg sounds good and is played back completely.

Exporting / Rendering Audio

Currently you need to build wine yourself and apply this patch, as stated in Bug 15695.

$ git clone git:// && cd wine
$ patch -p1 < abletonexport.diff
$ ./configure && make -j3

Authorization File

Pass the path to the auz file as first parameter to Live.exe with an absolute Windows path. You only need to do this once.

$ wine Live.exe "C:\foo.auz"


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