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Pros and Cons of moving to 64 bit Ableton:
A lot of people have been asking about 32 vs 64 bit versions of Ableton Live. We’ve put together this post to try and dispel some of the myths around the move to 64 bit architecture.
1) MAX FOR LIVE – Some max for live devices will not work (32 bit object used inside max will need to be updated to work with 64 bit). Most of the developers who build these objects are building them for free, so expect it to take some time before the majority of them are updated.
2) VST’s – Many 32 bit VST’s will not work with a 64 bit host. The most popular ones are likely to be updated very quickly. However, those little VST’s that sometime give the most unique sounds and workflow may not. There is a solution: Jbridge can enable 64 bit VST’s on a 32 bit host! It’s a good solution, but it would be so much better if Ableton built their own bridge
1) RAM – There’s so much more RAM available in Ableton x64 bit. If you’re finding that you manage large sets with lots of tracks/devices/vst’s and you’re getting the mysterious “serious error occurred” in Live, then you are most likely running out of RAM. Since moving to 64 bit Ableton, we’ve noticed this crash virtually never happens, due to the ability to access more than 4gb of RAM. Most computers will easily allow 16gb nowadays, which is a huge speed improvement for Ableton 64.
2) SAMPLERS – If you’re sampling a lot of sounds, and using huge amounts of Clips, also expect your Ableton 32 to slow down, or even crash. 64 bit Ableton seems really smooth compared to 32 bit for sampling.
The best/most stable current now seems to be running a 64bit OS, with a 64bit DAW. When Ableton 64 bit first came out we didn’t see much additional benefit. However, after working with it for many months, it has proved it’s ability to be super fast.