Ableton Live Development Halted By Live 8 Bugs

ableton-live-8Ableton today made a surprising announcement, saying that it has ceased development on Ableton Live 8 so that it can focus on bug fixes:

Dear Ableton users,

Some of you have experienced and reported problems with Live 8 several months ago that we have still failed to fix. This is both painful and necessary for us to discuss. We owe you sincere apologies, as well as an explanation and outlook for the future.

Ableton values quality over innovation. Our engineers will stop whatever they are doing to fix a bug when they become aware of it. They must, however, rely on a process that prepares the incoming information and funnels it to them appropriately. Establishing and maintaining this process is the responsibility of management — particularly us, Bernd and Gerhard — and this is where things have gone wrong while we let our attention divert to ambitious new projects.

Our apologies also extend to both the Ableton developers and tech support colleagues because they want to be proud of software and service that users love.

We have now decided to:

  • suspend all development towards new features while the whole team joins forces to address the current issues. This effort is open ended and will result in a free Live 8 update;
  • make process changes to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

We hope this plan finds your understanding and agreement. We’d like to wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful 2010!

Gerhard Behles, CEO
Bernd Roggendorf, CTO

This is a hard announcement for a company to make, which means that Live 8 stability is enough of a concern that they had to address it publicly and promptly.

What do you make of the announcement? Is Ableton Live 8 too buggy? And is this good news or bad news for Live users?

via cdm, Bjorn Vayner


61 thoughts on “Ableton Live Development Halted By Live 8 Bugs

  1. I run Live 8.01 with Fl-studio 9.03 and Reason 4.1 and everything works great! Only had 1 crash with it so far, in stand-alone "w/o re-wire." It was when I tried to export my own groove pattern. I closed out, reopened it and my work was still safe… It's really not a big deal.
    I really CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I haven't had a single crash running all 3 programs together! This program is so amazing. I recommend it to musicians everywhere… It will change your life :)

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  2. definitely noticing Live 8 is substantially less stable than Live 7, i mean glitches in playback, freezing, everything… if you go on the forums on ableton.com you'll see posts from frustrated users, many of which have actually reinstalled previous versions of the programme for stability…. not surprised ableton is starting to take this seriously – people are p!ssed!

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  3. definitely noticing Live 8 is substantially less stable than Live 7, i mean glitches in playback, freezing, everything… if you go on the forums on ableton.com you'll see posts from frustrated users, many of which have actually reinstalled previous versions of the programme for stability…. not surprised ableton is starting to take this seriously – people are p!ssed!

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  4. definitely noticing Live 8 is substantially less stable than Live 7, i mean glitches in playback, freezing, everything… if you go on the forums on ableton.com you'll see posts from frustrated users, many of which have actually reinstalled previous versions of the programme for stability…. not surprised ableton is starting to take this seriously – people are p!ssed!

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  5. Ive been using Ableton 8.1.1 and the APC40 and have had very few issues with stability. Everything works great and I love the way its changed my workflow.I feel they will work out their bugs soon. Go Ableton!

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  6. There are still the same problems with the 8.1.1 There are so many bugs that they can not seem to fix. The reason that they can not fix them is the business outlook that the company takes. They have either fired people or just expect the community to do their work for them. They release software a year to early and then take a beating while them depend on the community to help fix the problems that the people they pay can't even figure out. Shame on them as a company. For a name as big as they have, they still act like people who are working out of a dorm room. I love the software but what the way they run their business. Unless they do sometime unreal for the community that has helped them they will greatly suffer in the near future. Since so many people use cracked versions of their software they have been forced to fire people I am sure.

    So what does this mean. Only the future will tell, but if ableton does not get their Sh$! together they are going to take serato down with them. This would be horrible!!

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  7. There are still the same problems with the 8.1.1 There are so many bugs that they can not seem to fix. The reason that they can not fix them is the business outlook that the company takes. They have either fired people or just expect the community to do their work for them. They release software a year to early and then take a beating while them depend on the community to help fix the problems that the people they pay can't even figure out. Shame on them as a company. For a name as big as they have, they still act like people who are working out of a dorm room. I love the software but what the way they run their business. Unless they do sometime unreal for the community that has helped them they will greatly suffer in the near future. Since so many people use cracked versions of their software they have been forced to fire people I am sure.

    So what does this mean. Only the future will tell, but if ableton does not get their Sh$! together they are going to take serato down with them. This would be horrible!!

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  8. Any update on this?

    I really haven't had problems with stability in Live. I'm wondering if they're back to working on Live 9.

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  9. I just started having the “crashes on open” issue recently. Forums reveal this problem is massive, & ancient. Zero response from Ableton Support (other than the automated reply).
    Glad I don’t rely on this app for anything serious. Shows that it/they is/are not really a professional tool/company.
    …and even if it is my machine, the support response time is unacceptable. Can you imagine if I had a client? Yikes. Reminds me of Otari’s foray into digital 24 tracks back in the 90s. Remember Radar? Ouch.
    2010 MacMini 10.6.7, Live Intro 8.2.2.

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  10. Live 8 is still having issues after years of problems. Now ableton is going to have serious competition from both Bitwig (a new company that is copying many features that we’ve been asking for) and NI (which is talking about a new DAW that will integrate Traktor and Machine into one live performance playground.

    Ableton is really going to struggle in the future because of Max integration and the bridge will cause for instability

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