Ableton today released Live 9.6, adding support for Ableton Link – a way to wirelessly sync multiple devices, including computers running Live, iOS devices running compatible applications and even hardware.
Here’s the official video intro:
Link synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection, which means you can use it to play together with others and make music using a range of devices.
The list of apps that support Ableton Link is already pretty massive. They include:
- TF7 is a polyphonic FM synthesiser with an interface that is built around touch. Make DX-style sounds with up to 6 operators. The easiest FM synth to program on iOS.
- Modstep is a sequencer jam tool that´s all about connectivity. Combine your favorite MIDI-gear, no matter if it´s hardware, software, or other apps. Play, sequence, perform and modulate your music with a unique, touch-optimized interface.
- Trigger Seq resembles the workflow and interface of old hardware sequencers. 4 rows with independent parameters will allow you to create stunning rhythms.
- zMors Modular is a modular synthesizer. You can add various modules to your patch and connect them with cables. You can use hardware gear with up to 8 usb outputs for audio and/or control voltage send.
- Link to MIDI makes your favorite MIDI hardware devices compatible with Ableton Link. Simply join a Link session, connect your MIDI device, and that’s it. Your MIDI device is now Link-enabled.
- Cyclop is the master of subs, beautifully controlling even the lowest notes, always sounding stomach-rumblingly thick.
- Fugue Machine – The world’s first multi-playhead piano roll. Create a music sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, and pitches.
- Patterning is a deep and flexible drum machine. With its unique circular interface, Patterning transforms the iPad into an inspiring tool for making beats.
- Elastic Drums is a drum app containing 6 channels of synthesized sounds, a step sequencer and 4 fx channels. All parameters are tweakable in an elastic way. The resulting sounds can range from classcial beatbox to experimental soundscapes.
- Audiobus lets you connect your Audiobus-compatible music apps together, just like virtual cables.
- Bassline – A bass synth/sequencer with on-board effects. BassLine’s unique low-pass filter allows you to produce the well known high-resonance filter sweeps, that are typical for the legendary TB-303.
- KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 20 different mobile synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets” which you can freely combine to produce powerful electronic music.
- iELECTRIBE for iPad & iPhone – a virtual analog beatbox.
- iKaossilator – Korg’s palm-sized KAOSSILATOR synthesizer – is now available as an iPhone app.
- iMPC Pro – With built-in sampling functionality, a massive sound library, effects, and over 30 performance-driven features, iMPC Pro brings the functionality of Akai Professional’s coveted Music Production Center to your iPad.
- Loopy – Create music by layering looped recordings of singing, beatboxing, or playing an instrument with a savvy, sophisticated, tactile new looper that totally reinvents the formula.
- LP-5 – A multitrack loop player that combines a performance-oriented user interface, automatic tempo sync and IAA effect buses into a professional-grade tool for use in your studio sessions or live-sets.
- MoDrum – An x0x style beat making app that features real-time synthesis of drum sounds, dynamic compression, a dotted 8th delay effect, sophisticated MIDI support, and more.
- SyncKontrol – Control tempo, add swing, and sync up your Korg’s volca series to WIST-enabled apps with one free app for iPhone.
- triqtraq – Create musical ideas on the go with this fun and fast mobile sequencing app. Extensive automation and sequencing options make it a truly creative tool that brings inspiration to your desktop projects.
Here’s what’s new in Ableton Live 9.6:
- Introduced Link, a technology which keeps devices in sync when connected to the same network. A ‘Link’ section has been added to the Link/MIDI preferences tab.
- Link and The Bridge prevent each other from starting once switched on. Moreover, Link and The Bridge both switch off External sync when activated.
- Link, The Bridge and External Sync are not available when Live runs as a ReWire slave.
- The Python framework has been updated to support Python 2.7.
- Added control surface support for the Arturia KeyLab series, Arturia BeatStep and Arturia MiniLab.
- Added Control Surface support for the Alesis VX series.
- When tweaking Warp mode specific parameters in Simpler (i.e. grain size, flux), these are now updated in real time. Previously, these would be only updated on a per-note basis.
- Improved the time required to slice an audio sample to a Drum Rack.
- Slicing visualization improvements and other minor cosmetic tweaks for Simpler and Sampler.
- While samples are offline or still decoding, Slice to Drum Rack and Slice to new Midi Track from Simpler are disabled.
- Add a preference to re-enable random clip colors.
- Updated fonts and added a number of special characters.
- The Live 8 Legacy Mode in Operator has been renamed to something more meaningful.
- Performance improvements in waveform rendering.
Ableton Live 9.6 also includes other improvements and bug fixes. It’s available now from the Ableton site.