Ableton has introduced Ableton Live 6 LE, a new product aimed at beginner and hobbyists musicians.

Live 6 LE is an easy-to-use, professional-grade music-making solution built on the same fundamental concepts as Live 6, the music production and performance solution.

The new version offers most of the professional product's features and introduces simple-to-use tools to help musicians develop their ideas. It's also equipped to handle the demands of digital DJ-ing, remixing and production.

Live 6 LE ships with a range of sampled instruments, including collections from Sonivox and Puremagnetik along with a series of tutorial resources to help neophytes get started on the music creation path.

The application offers two software instruments, support for VST and AU effects and also allows for the real-time time-stretching and warping of AIFF, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MP3 files for DJing and instant remixing of music.

Additional features include: studio-quality recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz; 64 audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks per project; over 20 built-in audio effects, including delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs; and multicore and multiprocessor support.

Unlike the professional version, Live 6 LE is limited to 12 simultaneous built-in audio effects, eight built-in instruments, two AU/VST effects and two AU/VST instruments per project.

Live 6 LE costs €169, or a download version is available directly from the company for €149.