Ableton has announced the details on Ableton Live 7, several new add-on instruments, and Ableton Suite, a product that combines Live 7 with a choice selection of instruments in one comprehensive, discounted package.
Here’s the scoop:
Ableton Live 7
- The enhanced audio engine improves fidelity with 64-bit mix summing, POW-r dithering, optimized sample-rate conversion and other advances.
- The new compressor device integrates three compression models, one of which is based on a feedback design commonly found in the most praised vintage compressors.
- Fully integrated side-chaining capability is available for the new Compressor as well as Gate and Auto Filter.
- High-Quality modes have been added to Operator, Dynamic Tube and Saturator for anti-aliased processing, reducing typical “digital” artifacts.
- EQ Eight has an improved user interface and a 64 bit mode for increased accuracy.
- The new Spectrum analyzer provides visual feedback for any audio signals within Live (and it looks really cool!).
- The MIDI engine has been reworked to minimize timing error (jitter) of recorded MIDI.
- Hardware integration has been streamlined—hardware synthesizers and effects can now be inserted into device chains just like software plug-ins.
- New memory management technology allows users of large sample libraries, such as Ableton’s new sampled instruments or third-party libraries imported via Sampler, to run an impressive number of instruments at the same time. This happens automatically, with no setup changes required.
- New Audio and MIDI fact sheets explain exactly how signals are (or are not) being modified when using specific features in Live and provide tips for achieving the highest quality results.
Live 7 also brings the features most frequently requested by users.
- Time signature changes can be inserted in the Arrangement timeline and tied to Session scenes.
- Warped and unwarped video can be exported to files.
- Multiple automation lanes per track can be displayed and edited at the same time.
- A new “tempo nudge” function makes it easier to synchronize to live musicians or DJs.
- REX files can be dragged, dropped and played just like WAV or AIFF files.
- Live, Operator and Sampler have received many small improvements and additions based on users’ requests.
The new “Drum Rack” streamlines beat production via an easy drag-and-drop interface and brings endless creative possibilities.
- A familiar drum pad interface allows dragging and dropping of samples, instruments and effects.
- Every pad can have its own Sampler, Simpler, Operator, or any other virtual instrument or plug-in, and its own individual effects chain.
- The slicing feature fills a Drum Rack with the individual hits from REX or audio loops. The original sequence is represented as a MIDI clip, making it easy to replace, reshuffle or re-record the events and process them individually.
- A Drum Rack can have its own sends, returns and sub-mixes.
- Every pad can be shown as a mixer channel in the Session View.
- Each drum can be dragged out of its rack for isolated pattern control and editing.
Here are the details on Live’s new instruments…
The new add-on instruments are the result of Ableton’s collaboration with leading industry partners. The palette covers physical models of electric pianos, analog synthesizers and string instruments as well as multi-mic/multi-layer sampled acoustic drums, drum machines, orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. The instruments integrate tightly with Live, both in terms of workflow and resource management.
Tension is a physical modeling string synthesizer based on the advanced technology found in String Studio from Applied Acoustics Systems. Through the use of mathematical models, Tension simulates each component of a stringed instrument. Tweak everything from how the string is played—with a pick, bow or hammer—to the size and type of instrument body used. Create incredibly accurate reproductions of real instruments or design otherworldly hybrids, all within Live’s familiar working environment.
Electric offers the much sought-after sounds of classic electric pianos. Based on AAS’ acclaimed Lounge Lizard, Electric uses the same advanced physical modeling synthesis technology and integrates perfectly into Live’s workflow. Because Electric uses synthesis, users can dive inside and play with the guts of the instrument—the hammers, tines, pickups and more—to achieve just that right amount of melancholy or bark and bite.
Analog emulates the unique circuitry and irresistible tweakability of vintage analog synthesizers, employing the renowned physical modeling technology of AAS’ Ultra Analog. Analog is a creative workhorse that features versatile alias-free oscillators, multi-mode filters, syncable LFOs, looping envelope generators and much more. Able to produce everything from silky pad sweeps to earth-shaking bass, Analog is also completely integrated in Live’s familiar interface.
Session Drums is a meticulously multisampled library of acoustic drums that reproduces the nuances of a recording session and puts you in the engineer’s seat. Session Drums gives you full control of the close mics for each drum as well as the overheads and room mics, so you can craft the perfect drum mix for your songs. Session Drums also includes stereo kits appropriate for various musical styles and a variety of MIDI grooves to speed up the production process. Session Drums was created in collaboration with ChocolateAudio, makers of the critically acclaimed “Imperial Drums.”
Drum Machines offers a choice selection of classic drum machines, meticulously sampled and programmed by Ableton content developer PureMagnetik, to faithfully reproduce the original sounds. Drum Machines is easily tweaked with cleverly mapped controls, allowing users to experiment with the inner workings of the instrument and adjust to taste.
Orchestral Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion—four collections of sampled orchestral instruments featuring a number of variations and articulations, created in partnership with SONiVOX, a leading provider of premium sampled instruments. Recorded with the expertise of world-class musicians, engineers and producers, these collections put a world of authentic symphonic possibilities at the composer’s fingertips. The Orchestral Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion collections take advantage of complete integration with Live and its new resource-efficient sample engine, allowing users to work with an impressive number of instruments in their compositions.
Essential Instrument Collection 2—a multi-gigabyte collection of meticulously sampled and selected instruments, offering a choice selection of acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, bass, drums, orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds and more. Version 2 adds acoustic and electronic drums as well as presets optimized for better sound quality and faster loading.
Ableton Suite is a combination of Live 7 plus a choice selection of Ableton instruments. This attractively priced package provides a comprehensive set of musical tools, all smoothly integrated into Live’s acclaimed workflow. The download version of Ableton Suite includes Live 7, Sampler, Operator, Electric, Analog, Tension and Drum Machines. The boxed version of Ableton Suite additionally includes the Essential Instrument Collection 2 and Session Drums.
All announced products will be released within Q4, after extensive testing and bugfixing. The first round of beta testing for Ableton Live 7, Analog, Electric and Tension is starting today with a limited participant group. A public beta version of these products will be available soon.
All users who buy and unlock their Live 6 or Live 6 Upgrade between October 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008 will get a free download upgrade to Ableton Live 7, plus attractive instrument bundle offers at release date.
Pricing:Ableton Live 7
Download version: EUR 419/USD 499
Boxed version, includes the Essential Instrument Collection 2 (EIC 2): EUR 499/USD 599
New Ableton Instruments
- Tension: EUR 129/USD 159
- Electric: EUR 129/USD 159
- Analog: EUR 129/USD 159
- Essential Instrument Collection 2: EUR 99/USD 119 (for owners of EIC 1, a free upgrade to EIC 2 is included with the boxed upgrades to Ableton Live 7 and Ableton Suite)
- Session Drums: EUR 149/USD 179
- Drum Machines: EUR 69/USD 79
- Orchestral Strings: EUR 209/USD 249
- Orchestral Brass: EUR 209/USD 249
- Orchestral Woodwinds: EUR 209/USD 249
- Orchestral Percussion: EUR 169/USD 199
- Download version (Ableton Live 7 + Sampler + Operator + Tension + Electric + Analog + Drum Machines): EUR 649/USD 799
- Boxed version (Ableton Live 7 + Sampler + Operator + Tension + Electric + Analog + Drum Machines + Session Drums + Essential Instrument Collection 2): EUR 799/USD 999
Upgrade Offers from Live 6
Upgrades from Live 6 to Live 7
- Download version: EUR 99/USD 119
- Boxed version: EUR 129/USD 159 (for owners of EIC 1, a free upgrade to EIC 2 is included)
Special Upgrade Bundle Offers, Valid through December 31
- Ableton Live 7 (boxed version) + Session Drums + Drum Machines: EUR 249/USD 299
- Ableton Suite (download version): EUR 299/USD 339
- Ableton Suite (boxed version): EUR 399/USD 459
Owners of Sampler, Operator or the Essential Instrument Collection receive additional discounts when upgrading to Ableton Suite. Please find your individual offers at http://www.ableton.com/live-7-upgrades.
Upgrade Offers from Other Live Versions Including Live LE and Live Lite
Pricing varies depending on which version you upgrade from. For users of any version of Live including Live Lite and Live LE, there will be attractively priced introductory offers for Live 7 and various combinations of instruments. Please find your individual offers at http://www.ableton.com/live-7-upgrades.