Surely Max for Live is more than "sound content", haha.leedsquietman wrote: Apart from Presonus Studio One (which is in it's first inception anyway), almost all DAWS seem to have been geared up to throwing in new synths, sample content and sound FX as a priority, instead of creative sound design elements or workflow improvements.
You could say that Ableton have been pretty guilty of this too, since Live 6, where apart from the EIC content, much of their efforts has gone *with 3rd party help* to bundling extra sound content (Session Drums, Drum Machines, Cycling 74, Arcolite, Orchestral Instrument Collection or whatever) and the Suite instruments, plus new FX such as vocoder, overdrive, limiter and multiband dynamics.
I find Live's extra instruments and sound content to be much better integrated into Live than, say, Logic's instruments are into Logic. For example, beyond the fact that it is a nifty plug-in, there is nothing about Delay Designer in Logic that makes it better integrated than, say, Echo Boy from SoundToys: they are both plug-ins, end of story. Live's native plug-ins have an altogether different status than a 3d party plug-in, and sample sets that are prepared using instrument racks for layering and effects have a different level of integration into Live than a typical EXS24/Kontakt sample set as well.
At the same time, most of this content isn't "thrown in", it's simply available. But if Ableton didn't push to make these things happen, then there would be only ordinary AUs and VSTs and sample sets available for Live, and it wouldn't be the same as this well-integrated stuff they are offering instead.