Live Intro has got what you need for writing songs, making beats, recording, remixing, DJing and performing your music live on stage. If you're just starting out, Live's fluid workflow, real-time audio manipulation and an impressive 7 GB audio content package provide a smart step into the world of music production and digital DJing. Start as you mean to go on. For established DJs and producers, Intro provides studio-quality sound and an opportunity to plug Live's renowned composition and performance features into your current setup. A whole new way to write and perform for less than the price of a plug-in.
All of this sounds too good to be true at such a low price and there are some limitations, as Live Intro obviously isn't the same as Ableton Live or Ableton Suite. Ableton has made sure that the limitations won't affect the sound or the quality of the music you make with Intro, though. The limitations are "quantitative" rather than "qualitative," i.e. you're limited to 64 audio tracks, 2 effect sends, 12 Ableton effects at once and so on. Basically, Intro provides everything you need to compose, record and perform a track.
Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
Supports AIFF, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files
Full ReWire support; runs as Slave or Master
Top-grade content package with loops and beats from premium sound designers
500 built-in Instrument Racks and Drum Racks plus Simpler (a sampler) and Impulse (a virtual drum machine)
200 built-in audio and MIDI effects
New groove engine; apply and extract grooves in real time
VST and AU support; automatic plug-in delay compensation
Simple MIDI mapping plus instant mapping for selected hardware
Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
Multicore and multiprocessor support
7 GB of loops, instruments and beats (boxed version)
1 GB selection of loops, instruments and beats (download version — a selection of content from the boxed version)
Printed Getting Started Guide in English, French, German or Japanese (boxed version only)
Built-in interactive lessons
Practical "Construction Kits"
Localized software menus, tutorials and PDF reference manuals in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese
Mac: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), DVD-ROM drive
Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), DVD-ROM drive, QuickTime recommended