The idea behind Ableton Link is to streamline syncing of multiple devices – both computers running Live and iOS devices running music apps – you just connect & sync wirelessly.
Link will soon be available to Live users as a free update, so two Live users will be able to sync wirelessly.
But what’s even more interesting is that Ableton Link is making Link available to developers via a free software development kit. And Live isn’t even necessary to use Ableton Link.
In the video above, developer Oliver Greschke demonstrates three iOS devices running a copy of Elastic Drums, which has been updated with Ableton Link.
Here’s Ableton’s official intro video to Link, which shows it being used, with and without Live in the loop:
Here’s an example, via developer developer Sebastian Schatz, that shows multiple copies of triqtraq syncing via Ableton Link:
The video shows two iPhones and an iPad connected via Link through a wireless network. Devices can start playing at any time & they always stay in sync.
Ableton Link support has already been announced for these apps:
- A Tasty Pixels Loopy
- Akai iMPC Pro
- Finger Pro Bassline
- Finger Pro LP-5 loop player
- Finger Pro MoDrum x0x beat making app
- Korg Gadget for iPad
- Korg iElectribe for iPhone
- Korg iPolysix for iPad
- Korg iKaossilator
- Korg SyncKontrol
- Zaplin Musics triqtraq
The decision to make Live unnecessary for using Ableton Link is an interesting one and probably a necessary one, in order to get widespread adoption.
With more than a dozen major iOS apps on board already, Ableton Link promises to make your iOS apps more useful once it is available, even if you’re not a Live user.
And, if you are a Live users, widespread adoption of Link promises to make Live a more powerful tool, too.
Check out the preview videos and let us know what you think of Ableton Link!