This article has been updated for 2022
Here we discuss what the different versions of Ableton Live are. Ableton Live Lite 10 was available FREE from Splice until 31 December 2020, but the more complete Ableton Live 10 versions are also available at 20% discount with a free upgrade to Ableton Live 11 when it launches in early 2021. How to choose???
The paid version of Live comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, instruments, Packs, and effects.
Compare Live Intro, Standard, and Suite, at Ableton's shop Note that pricing may be different for you if you ask your Ableton instructor or local distributor (hopefully additional discounts), so ask. These are the retail prices of the different versions of Ableton Live at City Music Singapore.
The free version of Live (Lite) which is included with a number of apps and hardware products (e.g. Splice, Focusrite hardware etc. is a lightweight version of Ableton Live 10 – with "all the essential workflows, instruments and effects". The feature of list of Live Lite is here.
Should you buy a full version right now or a smaller version and upgrade later?
- Buy Live Suite if you can afford it, because it has a whole lot of powerful features / instruments / sounds / effects AND access to the Max for Live platform which has even more powerful features / instruments / effects
- Buy Live Intro if you are on a tight budget, then spend your time finding and downloading free instruments / sounds / effects
- Consider buying an instrument (keyboard controller? Launchpad?) which has Live Lite bundled if you want to play your instrument
- Don't buy Live Standard because it lacks the most powerful features of Suite but is twice the price of Intro.