amen. get out a real instrument, set the tempo to what you want, and record--it's just that simple. I understand that people use loops and junks, but to me, thats just remixing and rehashing, not creation. Creation is when you start with tabla rasa, and make a song for yourself, of yourself. Live is the ultimate creation and composition tool for a single person--to be able to take a bassline or drumbeat you've created yourself, then loop it on the fly, then start to create other parts around it is the most powerful, fastest, and most rewarding musical/creative experience I've ever had. There is nothing else even close to Live for taking a singular musical idea you have on an instrument, then flushing out a composition on other instruments in an enjoyable and timely manner. Other software just inhibits the creative flow--Live enhances it. Live is nothing short of a revolutionary way to create music from scratch. People can use their canned loops, and thats their perogative, but let's be honest, a song who's genisis is someone else's loop is not truly your own music. I find it exponentially more rewarding to make everything from scratch myself--then it is a true reflection of me, my ideas, my music, my soul--not someone elses. try it out, you might just surprise yourself. Ableton Live has changed the way I create music, it is truly the answer to my dreams. I've been on vacation away from my computer for a few weeks, and even though i have a few instruments wherever i go, that is no longer enough for me--the creative process Live enables is beckoning me home--I can't wait to fire it up.