Ableton Live 9.6 Brings Link Integration With iOS

ableton-link-liveAbleton 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.

15 thoughts on “Ableton Live 9.6 Brings Link Integration With iOS

      1. I agree, been a live user for years and years and there is no way to forward/backup/scrub through audio files when previewing them in Live’s browser.

        Seems like a pretty normal need thats gone without an option since day one

  1. mouse wheel zooming plzzzzz

    i enjoy the scroll and zoom via push, but after years of use, i still attempt to use mousewheel and modifier keys to zoom and navigate on tracks/clips.

    as for browsing, push has decent navigation and audition, and arrowkeys work fine, not sure what others could be after. you do indeed have to set up your folder structure via your os, but i prefer it that way.

    PLZZ make saving tracks, devices and such cleaner, hate how it creates an entire session/project for everything, then you have to pull out what you want and delete the extra files.

    link is awesome, eliminates alot of extra plugins and cables
    keep on updating push 1! awesome to see it not left out to dry!

  2. i know it probably has to wait until live 10, but “TAKES” would be nothing short of incredible, and since it has been part of the modern DAW’s since day 2, can’t see how hard it would be to implement….

    also, be nice to add some smpte/video features. but whatever, can’t ask for everything….

    ableton is just SO close….. but at times, where it is not, it can be frustratingly far….

  3. Link works, had almost no difficulties with it, just had to add a firewall exception to my PC. The responsiveness over Wi-Fi is good. I like that you don’t need Ableton Live to get it going, it should make jamming between multiple phones/tablets much easier. Plus, there’s no interference in playback with annoying MIDI start/stop messages. I’m impressed.

    However, for iOS->Ableton Live it doesn’t do much for me. Being able to send/receive MIDI and audio over a USB cable was what I really wanted for years and StudioMux provides it.

    To sum up, Link is great for digital jamming but there’s better solutions for integrating iOS applications with Ableton Live

  4. How people are getting along fine without…

    1) Scene follow-actions
    2) Simple way to gradually ramp tempos in Session view
    3) Numerical automation point entry for creating/editing automation

    …boggles my mind.

    Such basic stuff in every other DAW. Guess I’m just old and want basic stuff before being able to sync an iPad. Ableton is amazing but lack of these features keep me from using it as my primary DAW.

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