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I'm looking for software sequencer that is designed to be helpful in live performances. Almost every software sequencers I know is rather a MIDI note-sheet editor, which forces it's users to use it offline only.

Could you please recommend me a piece of software that aims for live sequencing? Preferably MIDI, but any other protocol too.

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I've performed once with Reaper, even though it's a note-sheet kind of editor. They can be used for live work (play back recorded material plus change parameters live), which is somewhat limited, but certainly doesn't force only offline use :) – Warrior Bob Aug 17 '11 at 3:50

You could try Ableton Live. I have heard of many people using it for live performances. It can play back MIDI and recorded audio, does looping and many other things, so it should meet your needs.

If you are on a budget, you could try Reaper.

Both programs have a free trial, so you can try them both and see which better fits your needs and style.

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I use Ableton Live with some VSTs almost exclusively. On occasion, I will use Reason with it. – Brad Aug 16 '11 at 22:13
Ableton Live is pretty much the only sequencer with real "Live" features. – Shane Kilkelly Aug 20 '11 at 20:53

Renoise is great for live performances. Be sure to also check out the Duplex plugin which provides automatic MIDI/OSC controller mappings.

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If you are into live algorithmic composition, you might also be interested in the free IMPROVISOR software by Percussa which works with the Percussa AudioCubes as well as Ableton Live.

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+1 on renoise, especially when you equip it with 'tools' (kind of legacy utility plugins you can get from their website). Most popular live solution would be Ableton Live, but also Bitwig Studio gives you very similliar functionality, philosophy and workflow with just a bit different flavour. But nowadays even FL Studio has a live mode...

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