Ableton Live 8 Review

ableton-live-8-iconTheres an early Ableton Live 8 review at Zettt.de, focusing on what’s new in version 8.

Of Live 8, Zettt says:

The new version feels very snappy. In older versions you always had to wait a little until something has happened. Live 8 seems to react much faster to user input.

No Sidechain for AU Plugins. Even Ableton tells that they have added a hundred new implementations for all the third-party Plugins the Sidechain for AU Plugins still doesn’t work. (Tested with Sonalksis’ Mix Essentials)

Vocoder is a killer! We have been waiting for that thing sooo long. It seems to fit perfectly into Ableton’s workflow.

For me the best newly added feature is the “Slice to New MIDI Tracks by Transients” feature. When Live 7 came out i was complaining it wasn’t possible to Slice via Transients. There’s this little workaround, you can use Warp Markers instead…but who want’s to work like this?

At first sight Live 8 seemed to be a “not so much stuff added” Update but underneath there has changed a lot. The new Plugins, Instruments and the workflow additions really pay off the price for the Update (in my case 175€ for Ableton Live 8 Suite Download Education Version).

There’s just one that really disappoints me. I would have bought Live 8 much faster, without even less thinking, when Max for Live would already be implemented in the program. But in fact it isn’t.

Zettt’s also not impressed with the new Groove Engine – but this is a feature that other musicians may really love.

Check out the full review here.

Are you using Live 8? If so, leave a comment with your thoughts on it.

10 thoughts on “Ableton Live 8 Review

  1. Each day I discover something amazing in the new Ableton Live 8. I really like the new warping method, I think it will make more sense then the way it worked before, especially once I get used to it. The Vocoder is great, and the Operator got a “User” waveform, where you can specify the spectral components of the sound (using 16,24 or 32 bars). I didn’t figure out the Looper yet. I also like the new Groove system, the Multi-band Compressor. I haven’t tried the Sampler and the “Slice to New MIDI Tracks by Transients” feature.

  2. really not a single person wants to talk about the massive issues that ableton live 8 suffered from for the past year…..One sided reviews do not get loyal followings. Very very weak review

  3. @onesided,i'll back you up on this.
    ABLETON LIVE 8 has so many issues that i think we need to get others to ban together to get ABLETON to give us our money back.

    look at their forum. all the old time LIVE users are now abandoning LIVE 8 and going elsewhere.

    i think this is the end for them.

  4. @onesided,i'll back you up on this.__ABLETON LIVE 8 has so many issues that i think we need to get others to ban together to get ABLETON to give us our money back.____look at their forum. all the old time LIVE users are now abandoning LIVE 8 and going elsewhere.____i think this is the end for them.

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