Wondering, though, in that Ableton really shines for live recording, would it be a good DAW for taking, say, an exported MIDI file from an orchestral or jazz band piece made in Musescore notation software (open source, free, but made for notation out put, not so much good audio) and running it in Ableton to get better (VST or other font) sound?
The front panel is a nicely sculpted creation with angled lines on both lower corners as well as on the transport drawer, finished in basic audio black. Function buttons across the front are standard for CD players, with the push buttons you don't recognize being for DVD video playback. The main power button turns off the display functions while leaving other circuitry in a warmed-up standby mode -- a nice feature. The supplied remote control replicates all front-panel functions, plus has a joystick for DVD menus as well as buttons to turn off the front display panel, set program markers, and operate most brands of television. Questions about any or all of these functions are well covered in the owner’s manual, so I won’t bore you with further detail. The CL-20 measures 17"W x 5"H x 15.25"D and feels solidly built at 20 pounds in weight.
For instance, while Terry Evans' Blues For Thought [Classic DAD 1014] and John Lee Hooker's Mr. Lucky [Classic DAD 1007] don't impress me a whole lot (except that the music is great), they still show an improvement in spatial presentation and dynamics over the CD versions. Classic's A Time Remembered by Art Davis [DAD 1001] and Chesky's Sex Without Bodies from Dave's True Story [Chesky CHDVD174] are both outstanding performances with sonics that make you feel like you were invited to the recording sessions. Classical music really benefits from the openness that I am hearing on high-sampling-rate recordings. David Chesky's Three Psalms For String Orchestra [Chesky CHDVD181] and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances; Vocalise [Classic DAD 1004] both give a better sense of orchestral size and the recorded acoustic. Three Psalms is a slower-moving, meditative piece enhanced by an excellent recording job, while the Rachmaninoff demonstrates how an old recording can be transferred to an optical medium successfully, maintaining a feeling of air and space. That's a real task for CD, though some of the better-recorded CDs manage to breathe a fair amount of life into the music. None of these comments could be made if the CAL products weren't capable of letting the benefits of DVD-video audio recordings be heard. They do so quite well. 2b1af7f3a8