Originally Posted by DISCERN
Saying that a lot of artists sound the same because they use ableton is misleading.
If you're using Live strictly for MIDI then disregard.
But for audio, I have to say "not quite".
Ableton's mix engine is widely regarded as being inferior to a most of the other DAWs. Stereo width, dynamic range and mix resolution are on a similar level to Reason; which is to say it produces a 'same-y' sound whatever gets mixed in it. Sounds less 'open' in the highs and sounds are more 'boxed-in' compared to a 64bit mix in, say, Sonar or Reaper.
On a large PA system the difference is even more obvious compared to analog hardware, in particular.
Originally Posted by Susceptor
There's no difference in concept if you have 16 synths connected to an MPC or 16 synths connected to Live or whatever.
oh, yes there is. HUGE difference.
it's called Real-Time OS vs. a PC's hardware scheme.
This makes a difference in MIDI timing, sync, jitter, and a myriad of other variables.
The MPC isn't constantly cycling through monitoring I/O for a USB network, 10/100 ethernet, rendering HD graphics, keyboard, VSTs, mouse and Firewire ...all while attempting to run a sequencer and spit out audio - all in rock-solid perfect sync.
Your laptop is.
Something to ponder, eh?