Ableton AG is a Berlin-based music software company that produces the production and performance suite Ableton Live and a collection of related instruments and sample libraries.
Ableton was founded in 1999 by Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke of Monolake
and Bernd Roggendorf. After Behles' work on granular synthesis
features for Native Instruments
, as well as earlier software using a Silicon Graphics
workstation at the Technical University of Berlin
, Live was first released as commercial software in 2001. Behles remains the chief executive of Ableton, while Henke remains in a role of technical leadership and focuses on Live's included effects and instruments. Ableton's office is located in central Berlin
In March 2007, Ableton announced it was beginning a collaboration with Cycling '74, producers of Max/MSP. This collaboration will not be directly based on Live or Max/MSP, rather will combine the two companies' strengths in a new product.