Updated by Danielle
Updated on September 11th, 2023
Important note: It looks like Sweetwater has stopped carrying Ableton Live, though lists a bunch of alternatives like Avid Pro Tools and FL Studio. But you can still find it directly from Ableton and even on Reverb, so we'll leave this page up for reference. Here's the message from SW: Unfortunately, Ableton products are no longer available at Sweetwater. However, we have an expansive selection of the best recording and production software in the industry available to purchase today!
How much does Ableton live 11 Cost?
The Standard version currently costs $749.00
Ableton live comes in several versions and upgrade packages, but the Standard version - the most popular - is currently retailing at $749.00. We'll cover other pricing and additional versions below.
The tricky part about nailing down a price for Ableton Live is that it comes in so many different variations. Even the upgrade packages vary pretty widely, and have different pricing depending on what version you're upgrading, or what level of Ableton you're using.
It's a mess.
But to simplify it, we've put together this price tracker page and guide focused on the three main versions of Ableton Live:
- Ableton Suite
- Ableton Standard
- Ableton Intro
These are the three most popular versions of Ableton Live 11. Our pricing tools will give you an up-to-date listing of each version's retail from multiple vendors.
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Ableton Live 11 Price on Sweetwater
Ableton is surprisingly difficult to find on a lot of the more popular retail sites. The main place that carries it is Sweetwater, and they're typically the most accurate barometer of average market retail. The table below has the Sweetwater price for all three versions mentioned, along with a couple from eBay:
Ableton Live 11 may no longer be available on Sweetwater.
As you can see, there's a pretty wide range of cost here. The difference in the versions are outside the scope of our price tracker page, but all of that is pretty clearly displayed on the Ableton Live product page and the Sweetwater breakdowns.
Compare to Additional Vendors
These are some additional vendors that carry Ableton Live that we also wanted to make available for price comparison. Note that includes buying options directly from Ableton. Reverb is another used market, so be careful when purchasing software from them. Look for good feedback on the seller profiles.
Please note that these are not partner links, but the Sweetwater links are. Makes no difference for you - but I'm just trying to be transparent.
Ableton Live 11 Suite
Ableton Live 11 (multiple versions)
Original price USD 439USD 439now USD 351USD 351
Ableton Live 11 Suite
We can't do price alerts for vendors in the second table, but we can track the price from Sweetwater. Though typically, the price of Ableton doesn't drop, especially as we go up in versions (10, 11, etc.).
We've found that DAW software, Ableton and others, are notoriously hard to get a deal on. Even if you find something at a cheap discount, you've got to look really closely to make sure you're not just getting an upgrade version or the Intro version. Also note that there are "student editions" which are cheaper, though a bit harder to get without an email address with a .EDU extension.
A good rule to follow is that if it looks too good to be true, it absolutely definitely is.
Our advice is to take advantage of the Ableton free trial, which is 90 days - plenty of time to get a feel for the software.
Also note, we're not getting paid for that part. It's just a really good and generous DAW free trial.
From there, you can keep an eye on pricing and figure out which version is right for you.
If you have questions about Ableton Live 11 price trends or tracking, leave those in the comments section below.