However, by comparison a VST like Sylenth1 or Maschine is much, much better, and the investment is worth the money IMO. Ableton's strong point really is in its audio time stretching, and Push is extremely useful as a device for playing VST's within live using the scale matrices....
But I am very, very underwhelmed with the intrinsic sounds within the Factory patches in Live.
Willyum wrote:The synths are not the problem!
The patches are pure crap to me. I've seen people make amazing sounds with 100% Live Synths and fx on youtube and I've used a couple of 3rd party Live packs that were awesome, so I know the Synths are more than capable. Other Libraries come with about 70% great sounding presets, but for me, Ableton comes with about 5% (and that 5% is usually only good for electro).
Even Lives basic drum kits suck ass compared to Reason's Drum kits. Almost every Kong kit I load is clean and powerful, ready to go out of the box... There are maybe 3 Live drum kits that I would use, and even then it would only be because I'm being lazy. At one point I was actually sampling Reasons kits into Live (I prefer Lives workflow over all other DAWs). If Ableton used good sound designers, Lives sounds would be just as amazing as anything out there.
Write to Abes so we can get better more versatile sounds.