Buying Live after using the free trial
The free trial is for Suite, which is the full-featured version of Live. Once the trial expires, you can uninstall it:
- Windows: Uninstall "Ableton Live Trial" using Add/Remove Programs.
- Mac: Trash the "Ableton Live Trial" application from the Applications folder in Finder.
If you are interested in buying Live after using the trial, you have three options: Intro, Standard, or Suite.
Check out our full feature chart detailing the differences between each. As mentioned, the trial is for Suite, so the other choices such as Intro and Standard may not have all of the instruments and effects you used during the trial period.
Installing Live after purchase
After purchasing Live, a serial number will be registered to your account. From there, you can download the installer for your new paid version.
As the trial and a paid version of Live have different installers, it is not possible to authorize a trial installation with a purchased Live serial number.
Any sets made with the trial can be opened in a purchased version of Live, however, you may receive an error message if you have Intro or Standard and if the set utilizes Suite features. You can freeze and flatten those tracks to bounce them to audio to save them in your new paid installation.
If your trial expired and you have an unsaved set in the program itself, there isn't a way to save the file, even if you purchase a serial afterward. For this, we would recommend trying to find a way to record the audio playback from your computer directly, and import those new audio stems into a paid version.