Hardware requirements for using Live and Push in education

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: All
  • Push Version: 1

To make music with Ableton Live and Push you need a computer running Live, a free USB port, and a pair of headphones.

Tablet computers like iPad or Chrome Book are not supported.

The system requirements needed to run Live and Push:

Required disk space: 

  • For basic installation: 3GB free disk space.
  • If all included sounds are installed: 6 GB free disk space (Live Intro)

Other hardware requirements to use Live and Push:

  • A free USB port (USB hubs and extensions are not recommended)
  • Headphone output and/or
  • Monitor speakers (optional)
  • In setups where multiple students share a computer, a headphone splitter or an audio interface with multiple headphone outputs is required

For recording audio:

  • Built-in microphone (only recommended for low quality recordings and testing purposes)
  • For serious audio recording tasks, an external microphone and an external audio interface or a professional sound card are required

Important note for Windows computers:

The Windows default audio drivers are usually not suitable for professional audio tasks and can cause significant latency that might affect the playability of Push. In order to solve these issues we recommend one of the following solutions:

Additional help resources:

Ableton offers these in-depth help and learning resources: