Ableton Live

Application Details:

Version: 9.x
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0.4

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What works

Opening/Saving Live Sets.

Playing audio down to 5ms latency with WineASIO.

Rendering .WAV.

Input from audio interfaces. (See recording issues.)

All plugins that do not rely on D2D.

All built-in plugins.

Midi controllers like the Novation Launchpad (even with Launchpad95) or the Numark Orbit (though they're no longer plug-and-play.)

What does not

Live does not keep track of time properly. This is not noticable usually, but can be a huge issue. Will constantly run faster/slower than it should by small amounts each step.

Max4Live (most notably, all dropdown boxes crash instantly.) This was noticed in the Numark Orbit editor.

Native Instruments plugins were prone to crashing, or just plain did not work.

Xfer Serum works, but no window is shown. This is due to D2D issues.

DUNE2 doesn't load all UI changes between oscillators.

Audio Damage plugins don't display properly/perfectly, but do work. Notably, Eos takes a long time to load if you set Live to open the interface initially, and Axon never shows connections or timing.

Recording is laggy and broken (seems to be due to file access issues.)

Some midi controllers (notably, the Akai APC40 will never boot properly due to how its midi modes are set up.)

Loading samples is buggy at first (see recording issues.)

.MP3 samples cause complete lock-up. .AIFF is fine, as is .WAV. Workaround with an ffmpeg script.


What was not tested

Latency below 5ms.

A full install of Max4Live.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Not suitable for recording due to file-access induced lag. Currently the best workaround is to use the Looper plugin. Looper stores in RAM, and recorded loops can then be dragged in as samples.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Dec 08 20183.0.4Yes Yes NoPlatinumDennis 
ShowAntergos x86_64Feb 07 20172.1Yes Yes GoldAlex 
ShowAVLinux 2016.8.30Nov 24 20161.9.22Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 20 20161.9.14Yes Yes PlatinumArt 
CurrentUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 19 20151.7.51Yes Yes BronzeNick Simmons 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
50155 Ableton Live: multicore audio processing causes high CPU usage across multiple audio backends UNCONFIRMED View

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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"

Native Alternative
Bitwig Studio is a similar application developed by a bunch of ex-Ableton developers.


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