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A Step-by-Step Guide to Authorizing Ableton Live 9 Online or Offline


How to Authorize Ableton Live 9: A Complete Guide




Ableton Live 9 is a powerful music production software that allows you to create, record, edit, mix, and perform your musical ideas. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, Live 9 offers you a range of tools and features to unleash your creativity and make music your way.




Ableton Live 9 Authorization Code



However, before you can start using Live 9, you need to authorize it. Authorization is the process of verifying that you have a valid license for the software and that you are using it on an authorized computer. Authorization ensures that you have access to all the functions and updates of Live 9, as well as preventing software piracy.


In this article, we will show you how to authorize Ableton Live 9 in two ways: online and offline. We will also provide some tips on how to troubleshoot authorization problems if you encounter any. By the end of this article, you will be able to authorize Live 9 easily and enjoy making music with it.


What is Ableton Live 9 and why do you need to authorize it?




Ableton Live 9 features and benefits




Ableton Live 9 is a software that lets you create music in any genre and style. It has two main modes of operation: Session View and Arrangement View. Session View is a unique feature of Live that allows you to improvise and experiment with musical ideas in a non-linear way. You can trigger clips of audio, MIDI, or effects in any order and combination, creating dynamic and spontaneous compositions. Arrangement View is a traditional timeline-based mode that lets you record, edit, arrange, and fine-tune your tracks in detail. You can switch between the two views at any time, or use them simultaneously for maximum flexibility.


Live 9 also comes with a variety of instruments, effects, sounds, and samples that you can use to create your own sounds or enhance your existing ones. You can also use external hardware devices, such as MIDI controllers, keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, guitars, microphones, etc., to integrate them with Live's workflow. Additionally, Live 9 supports VST and AU plugins, which are third-party software that add more functionality and diversity to your music production.


Some of the benefits of using Ableton Live 9 are:


  • It is easy to learn and use, with an intuitive interface and comprehensive tutorials.



  • It is versatile and adaptable, allowing you to work in any genre and style.



  • It is creative and inspiring, giving you endless possibilities for musical expression.



  • It is fast and efficient, enabling you to produce high-quality music in a short time.



  • It is fun and enjoyable, making music production a rewarding experience.



Authorization process and requirements




To authorize Ableton Live 9, you need two things To authorize Ableton Live 9, you need two things:


  • A Live 9 license. This is a code that you receive when you purchase Live 9 from Ableton's website or an authorized dealer. You can also get a free trial license for 30 days if you want to try Live 9 before buying it. You can find your license in your Ableton user account, in your email confirmation, or on the box of your Live 9 product.



  • An authorized computer. This is a computer that you have registered with Ableton and that meets the minimum system requirements for running Live 9. You can authorize up to two computers with one Live 9 license, and you can deauthorize them at any time if you want to change them. You can manage your authorized computers in your Ableton user account.



Once you have these two things, you can authorize Live 9 in two ways: online or offline. Online authorization is the easiest and fastest way, but it requires an internet connection on the computer where you want to run Live 9. Offline authorization is an alternative way that does not require an internet connection, but it involves a few more steps and another computer that has internet access. We will explain both methods in the following sections.


How to authorize Ableton Live 9 online




Step 1: Launch Live and click on Authorize with ableton.com




The first step to authorize Live 9 online is to launch the software and click on the Authorize with ableton.com button that appears on the splash screen. This will open your default web browser and take you to Ableton's website.


Step 2: Log in to your Ableton user account and select your Live license




The next step is to log in to your Ableton user account using your email and password. If you do not have an account yet, you can create one for free by clicking on the Create Account button. After logging in, you will see a list of your available licenses. Select the one that corresponds to the version of Live 9 that you want to authorize (e.g., Live 9 Standard or Live 9 Suite).


Step 3: Click on Authorize and confirm the authorization in Live




The final step is to click on the Authorize button and wait for a few seconds until the authorization is completed. You will see a confirmation message on the website and in Live. You can now close your web browser and start using Live 9 with all its features and updates.


How to authorize Ableton Live 9 offline




Step 1: Launch Live and click on No Internet on this computer




If you do not have an internet connection on the computer where you want to run Live 9, you can use the offline authorization method. The first step is to launch the software and click on the No Internet on this computer button that appears on the splash screen. This will open a dialog box that shows your hardware code.


Step 2: Note down or save your hardware code




Your hardware code is a unique identifier of your computer that is needed for offline authorization. You need to note it down or save it somewhere, such as a USB stick, a text file, or an email. You will need this code later when you log in to your Ableton user account on another computer that has internet access.


Step 3: Log in to your Ableton user account on another computer and click on offline authorization




The next step is to go to another computer that has internet access and log in to your Ableton user account using your email and password. After logging in, you will see a list of your available licenses. Select the one that corresponds to the version of Live 9 that you want to authorize (e.g., Live 9 Standard or Live 9 Suite). Then, click on the offline authorization link at the bottom of the page.


Step 4: Enter your hardware code and download the authorization file




The next step is to enter your hardware code that you noted down or saved earlier into the text box that appears on the website. Then, click on Download File and save the authorization file (.auz) somewhere, such as a USB stick, a text file, or an email. You will need this file later when you go back to your computer where you want to run Live 9.


Step 5: Open Live and drag the authorization file onto the authorization dialog




The final step is to go back to your computer where you want to run Live 9 and open the software. You will see the same dialog box that shows your hardware code The final step is to go back to your computer where you want to run Live 9 and open the software. You will see the same dialog box that shows your hardware code. Now, you need to drag the authorization file (.auz) that you downloaded earlier onto the dialog box. This will complete the authorization process and you will see a confirmation message in Live. You can now close the dialog box and start using Live 9 with all its features and updates.


How to troubleshoot authorization problems




Common issues and solutions




Sometimes, you may encounter some problems when trying to authorize Live 9. Here are some of the most common issues and their possible solutions:


Issue


Solution


You do not have a Live 9 license or you have entered an incorrect license.


Make sure that you have purchased Live 9 from Ableton's website or an authorized dealer, and that you have received a valid license code. Check your email confirmation, your Ableton user account, or your Live 9 product box for your license. If you have a free trial license, make sure that it has not expired. If you have entered your license manually, make sure that you have typed it correctly, without any spaces or extra characters.


You have reached the limit of authorized computers or you have changed your computer hardware.


You can authorize up to two computers with one Live 9 license, and you can deauthorize them at any time if you want to change them. To deauthorize a computer, go to your Ableton user account and click on the Remove button next to the computer name. If you have changed your computer hardware, such as replacing your hard drive or motherboard, you may need to deauthorize and reauthorize your computer.


You have an internet connection problem or a firewall issue.


Make sure that your computer is connected to the internet and that your firewall or antivirus software is not blocking Live 9 from accessing Ableton's website. You may need to temporarily disable or configure your firewall or antivirus software to allow Live 9 to communicate with Ableton's servers. Alternatively, you can use the offline authorization method if you do not have an internet connection on your computer.


You have a corrupted or outdated authorization file.


If you have used the offline authorization method, make sure that you have downloaded the latest authorization file (.auz) from your Ableton user account and that it matches your hardware code. Do not rename or modify the authorization file in any way. If the file is corrupted or outdated, delete it and download a new one.


Contacting Ableton support




If none of the above solutions work for you, or if you have any other questions or issues regarding authorization, you can contact Ableton's support team for further assistance. You can reach them by email, phone, or chat, depending on your region and language preference. You can find their contact details on their website: https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/requests/new


Conclusion




Ableton Live 9 is a great software for music production, but it requires authorization before you can use it. Authorization is the process of verifying that you have a valid license for the software and that you are using it on an authorized computer. You can authorize Live 9 in two ways: online or offline. Online authorization is the easiest and fastest way, but it requires an internet connection on the computer where you want to run Live 9. Offline authorization is an alternative way that does not require an internet connection, but it involves a few more steps and another computer that has internet access.


In this article, we have shown you how to authorize Ableton Live 9 in both ways, step by step. We have also provided some tips on how to troubleshoot authorization problems if you encounter any. We hope that this article has helped you authorize Live 9 easily and enjoy making music with it.


FAQs




What is the difference between Live 9 Standard and Live 9 Suite?




Live 9 Standard and Live 9 Suite are two different versions of Ableton Live 9 that offer different features and content. Live 9 Standard is the basic version that includes all the essential tools and functions for music production. Live 9 Suite is the advanced version that includes everything in Live 9 Standard plus more instruments, effects, sounds, and samples for more creative possibilities.


How can I update Live 9 to the latest version?




To update Live 9 to the latest version, you need to download To update Live 9 to the latest version, you need to download and install the latest Live 9 installer from Ableton's website. You can find the installer for your operating system and Live 9 version here: https://www.ableton.com/en/download/archive/. You do not need to authorize Live 9 again after updating it, unless you have changed your computer hardware. How can I backup my Live 9 projects and settings?




To backup your Live 9 projects and settings, you need to copy and save the following folders to a safe location, such as an external hard drive or a cloud storage service:


  • Your User Library folder. This folder contains your custom presets, samples, clips, grooves, defaults, etc. You can find the location of this folder in Live's Preferences > Library tab.



  • Your Live Sets folder. This folder contains your Live projects and their associated files. You can find the location of this folder in Live's Preferences > File Folder tab.



  • Your Options.txt file. This file contains your advanced settings and preferences for Live. You can find the location of this file in Live's Help > Get Support menu.



To restore your Live 9 projects and settings, you need to copy and paste the backup folders to their original locations on your computer.


How can I uninstall Live 9 from my computer?




To uninstall Live 9 from your computer, you need to follow these steps:


  • Deauthorize your computer from your Ableton user account. This will free up one of your two available authorizations for another computer.



  • Delete the Live 9 application from your Applications folder (Mac) or Programs and Features (Windows).



  • Delete the Ableton folder from your Library/Application Support folder (Mac) or ProgramData folder (Windows).



  • Delete the Ableton folder from your Documents folder (Mac) or Music folder (Windows).



  • Delete the Ableton folder from your Library/Caches folder (Mac) or AppData/Roaming folder (Windows).



How can I get more help and support for Live 9?




If you need more help and support for Live 9, you can use the following resources:


  • The Live 9 manual. This is a comprehensive guide that covers everything you need to know about Live 9. You can access it from Live's Help > Read the Live Manual menu or download it from here: https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/welcome-to-live/.



  • The Ableton Help Center. This is a website that contains articles, tutorials, videos, FAQs, tips, and tricks for using Live 9. You can access it from here: https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us.



  • The Ableton Forum. This is a community of Live users who share their knowledge, experience, feedback, and ideas about Live 9. You can access it from here: https://forum.ableton.com/.



  • The Ableton Certified Trainers. These are professional instructors who offer courses, workshops, lessons, and coaching for learning and mastering Live 9. You can find a trainer near you from here: https://www.ableton.com/en/education/certified-training/.



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