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Ableton Live Vs Loop Pedal: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between a loop pedal and Ableton Live? Are they both good or bad?

Ableton Live is a music production software application developed by Ableton AG. It was released in 1999 and has become one of the most widely used DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) applications. Ableton Live is a complete audio recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and publishing tool.

Loop pedals are devices that allow musicians to record their performances into loops. They are also known as step sequencers because they let you play through a series of prerecorded notes. These devices are useful for creating drum patterns, bass lines, melodies, etc.

What Is The Main Difference?

The main difference between Ableton Live and a loop pedal is that Ableton Live lets you create your own songs whereas a loop pedal only allows you to play back what you play live. In addition, Ableton Live is more powerful than a loop pedal because it can be used to edit and manipulate sounds.

In other words, if you want to make a song with Ableton Live, then you have to use all its features. However, if you just want to play a song without any additional effects, then a loop pedal will do the job perfectly.

Creating A Loop Using A Loop Pedal

The first thing you need to do when using a loop pedal is set up your track. This means setting the tempo, key, and other parameters. Once this is done, you can start playing. The next step is to create a new loop. To do this, press the “record” button on your loop pedal. You will then hear a beep sound. Pressing the “play” button will stop the beeping and start recording your performance.

To end the recording, press the “stop” button. Now, you have created a new loop. If you want to edit it, simply change its length or speed.

Creating a Loop Using Ableton Live

Creating live loops using Ableton Live is a great way to create music.  I would recommend watching this video that goes through the process:

Pros & Cons Of Using A Looper Pedal For Creating Loops


  • You can make loops with your foot
  • It’s easy to use
  • It’s cheap


  • Your feet get tired after awhile
  • The pedal doesn’t work well for creating long, smooth loops

Pros & Cons Of Using A Ableton Live For Creating Loops


  • Ableton Live is easy to use.
  • Ableton live allows you to make music with your computer.


  • Ableton’s interface is hard to understand for beginners.


If you don’t know how to create a loop, then using a loop pedal is probably easier. But if you’re looking for something more advanced, then Ableton Live might be better.