Ableton has announced that a 64-bit version of Live is now available as a beta version.
The 64-bit version of Live works with PCs running Windows Vista/7/8 (64-bit) and with Intel-Macs running OS X 10.5 and up.
The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features.
Here’s a summary of what the Ableton Live 64-bit update means for users:
The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to how much of your computer’s memory (RAM) can be used by applications. The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use up to four gigabytes of RAM, which means that it may not be possible to use very large sample collections or very memory-hungry plug-ins.
In contrast, the 64-bit version of Live can use a theoretical maximum of 16 exabytes of RAM – much more RAM than computers actually have. This means you can work with Live Sets (natively, with third-party plug-ins, and in ReWire configurations) that are much larger and more memory intensive than in the 32-bit version. You are no longer restricted by the 32-bit memory limit; only by how much RAM you have installed in your computer.
Several Live knowledgebase articles are available to address FAQ’s:
- Can I use the 64-bit version of Live?
- What are the limitations of the 64-bit version of Live?
- Can I use my third-party plug-ins with the 64-bit version of Live?
- Can I use ReWire with the 64-bit version of Live?
- Can I install the 32- and 64-bit versions of Live at the same time?
- What are the limitations when using The Bridge with the 64-bit version of Live?
- Will my old Live Sets, Live Clips, and device presets still work in the 64-bit version of Live?
Download the beta at the Ableton site.
The release version of Live 8.4 will be available later, as a free update for registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or Live Lite 8 users.
via reader Hendrik Plagman