Ableton today officially announced Live 9 – the long-awaited update to its popular performance DAW.
- Session automation
- New browser
- New sounds
- New studio effects
- You can now extract musical information from samples
- Improved editing tools
- Max for Live is now included in Live Suite.
These features are common to all versions of Ableton Live 9:
- Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation
- Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
- Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
- Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
- Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
- Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project
- Group tracks
- VST and Audio Unit support
- Time signature changes
- Multiple automation lanes
- Track Freeze
- Automatic plug-in delay compensation
- MIDI remote control instant mapping
- MIDI output to hardware synths
- MIDI Clock/sync
- Multicore/multiprocessor support
- WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
Here’s an overview of what’s new:
Check out the details on Ableton Live 9 below – and let us know what you think!!
Session View automation lets you capture your performance or add movement to your loops. Use curves to make automation more musical. Live’s unique Session View makes it easy to improvise with musical ideas.
In Live 9, you can now record parameter changes directly into Session View for even more flexibility. Edit automation curves with the mouse to create smooth mix transitions or radical parameter changes in your clips.
Live’s new browser is designed to let you spend less time finding sounds and more time making music. Live’s new browser puts all of your instruments and effects, samples, Packs and VST/Audio Units plug-ins in one easy-to-navigate view. Drag and drop folders into the browser from anywhere on your computer. Search as you type, navigate from the keyboard and sort items by various categories.
New sound library – Live’s library includes new Instrument Racks and sounds to get you going fast. Live 9 Suite comes with more than 3000 production-ready sounds that give you the full range of vintage synthesizers, drum kits and one-shot samples, acoustic instruments and loops – all powered by Live’s built-in synthesizers and effects so they can be tweaked and personalized.
All sounds are organized for Live 9’s new browser and work seamlessly with all common hardware controllers. See the full list of Packs included with Live 9.
Improved effects. The new analog-modeled Glue Compressor and redesigned studio effects help you get a better sound in less time. Live’s new Glue Compressor, developed in collaboration with Cytomic, is modeled on a classic 80s console bus compressor, both for its great sound and also to provide musical results with a simple set of controls.
Live’s studio effects – Compressor, Gate and EQ Eight – have been improved with new displays, enhanced controls and better sound, making it easier to see and hear your changes.
New Audio to MIDI tools – Live 9’s new tools for converting audio to MIDI give you unprecedented flexibility to extract musical ideas from your samples and build upon them. Convert your favorite drum break with the Drums-to-MIDI feature and reuse it with your own sounds.
Speed up your remixing work by using Harmony-to-MIDI to get the notes and chords from the original audio stems. Or simply seed your creativity with inspiring, natural-feeling MIDI grabbed directly from the most exciting parts of your music collection. Use the rhythm from a sampled break with new sounds
See the possibilities Harmony, Melody and Drums to MIDI creates.
…or sing the music in your head. Sketch out ideas quickly by singing (or beatboxing) into Live and converting your recording to MIDI.
Powerful MIDI note manipulation tools and an improved editing workflow help you create new musical ideas fast.
- Transform MIDI notes – New controls in the MIDI editor let you quickly invert, reverse, transpose and speed up or slow down selected MIDI notes in a single click.
- Move notes on and off the grid – Beats are easier to see when editing, and editing grids are now “sticky,” allowing notes to be freely moved and resized while still snapping when close to grid lines.
- Stretch MIDI notes – MIDI Note Stretch markers let you speed up, slow down – or even reverse – selected MIDI notes.
- Warp clip automation – Audio clip automation is warped alongside the audio itself. Envelopes in MIDI clips can be stretched using MIDI stretch markers.
- Edit automation more easily – Add or remove breakpoints with a single click. Hover the mouse near envelope segments to select and drag them without using a modifier.
- Add curves to automation – Hold a modifier while dragging to create and edit curves in automation envelopes.
Max for Live is now included in Suite. Expand and extend your musical possibilities with Max for Live. Max for Live, based on Cycling 74’s Max 6, is now included with Live 9 Suite. Get access to all of the 900+ devices built by the Max for Live community. Get 24 new instruments and effects with Max for Live – including a convolution reverb.
Ableton Live 9 will be available in the first quarter of 2013.
- $99 USD/79 EUR (Live 9 Intro download version)
- 449 USD/349 EUR (Live 9 Standard download version)
- $749 USD/599 EUR (Live 9 Suite download version).
- Upgrades to Live 9 Standard / Live 9 Suite depend on the version you own. See the site for details.