Ableton AG is a music software company with offices in Berlin, Germany, and Pasadena, California. The company was founded in 1999 by Gerhard Behles, Robert Henke of Monolake, and Bernd Roggendorf. Behles had previously done work on granular synthesis for Reaktor (a popular software instrument found within Native Instruments Komplete bundle).
The company is now well known for the hugely popular ‘Ableton Live’: a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that offers an intuitive interface, enhanced workflow features and unique loop-based functionality. Ableton Live is great for both live performance and music production, and comes with a number of high quality software instruments and sample libraries (these vary depending on which version of Ableton you choose to buy).
There are currently three versions of Ableton Live available for purchase: Live Intro (an introductory version of Live with fewer tracks and effects slots), Live Standard (the core software version for music performance and production), and Live Suite (containing all features, software instruments, effects and Max for Live).
The company now produces their own hardware MIDI controller called ‘Ableton Push 2’. Push 2 provides seamless tactile control over Ableton Live and is a highly recommended option for anyone wanting to perform/produce without always relying on using the computer screen.
Ableton´s products are made to inspire creative music making. Whether you're a musician, DJ or producer, you will definitely benefit from Ableton's awesome performance tools!