So I'm just learning the ropes of music production with ableton, and I was wondering if there were any good supplemental programs that you guys have found helpful or programs that work well to achieve certain things that ableton isn't as proficient at.
You'll receive plenty of suggestions, for all kinds of softsynths.
My humble opinion is to stick to Live until you know it inside out, it is a great sequencer and can give you all the tools and knowledge that you can later easily transfer to each software.
Take Impulse for example, a simple drum machine, yet it be as deep as you want it to be and once you get it, you'll understand most of the sample based drum machines out there.
You have Analogue, with a clear and easy to understand signal path.
There's Operator, I can't say anything about it as I haven't had time to jump into FM synthesis.
And Sampler and Simpler are just two great samplers.
It's sounds stupid, but read the manual, it's a great teaching tool as well.
Pretty much sure that once you know Live, you won't need anyone to tell you what you need next, your workflow will tell you.
Sorry if I sound too much like a teacher or a Live Evangelist...
I agree fully on the thought that you shouldn't bother yourself with 3rd party stuff if you're just starting out. Live as well as other DAWs and music making applications come with most things, if not everything, you need.
You'll eventually learn to work with the programs and plug-ins and what not. It's easier to just start learning with the stuff that's included in Live (or any other program) than trying to find something new and just stacking more stuff that you have to learn to work with and which may actually do pretty much the same thing as the stuff that you already have (which is sometimes the case with plug-ins).
just a neat little sequencer (that inspired a couple M4L devices), I guess its timing is off, and Woutter fixed it but the fixed version isn't compiled; if anyone here knows Flash/ActionScript and could compile a standalone (the original was Java, idk if the update is browser-only, or if Im just stupid, or what) I would LOVE YOU. Alternatively telling me to stfu and debasing my intelligence, while not exactly welcome, its certainly expected (prove me wrong by being a professional trollfree forum and Ill give you music, if you like)
Also there's Iannix but thats mainly an OSC sequencer, a whole other animal, Ill let Google get that one.
even if you don't have suite, if you learn and understand how live and it's signal path works you can pretty much build anything (possibly with the addition of some thirdparty stuff to compliment for the lack of say, operator and amp/cab, for example).
Your question asked about things that would supplement the things Abelton "isn't proficient at." As others have said, I think you need to dive into the program first. Only then will you find out things that, in your opinion, Ableton isn't "proficient" at. To try to supplement Ableton at this stage is unnecessary IMO.