Ableton Live 9 Update Adds ‘Disco’ Skin

ableton-live-9Ableton has released Live 9.0.3, adding new features, bug fixes and improved support for Push.

[Ed. note: post updated, 11 am, 4/19/13. See bottom of story for details.]

Here’s what’s new:

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added a new skin: “Disco”.
  • Added a new option to the “Record/Warp/Launch” preferences pane: “Start Transport with Record”. If activated, the transport will start immediately when clicking on the Session- or Arrangement-Record buttons. If deactivated, it prepares for recording as in Live 8, so you have to launch a clip in Session View or click the ‘Play’ button. You can hold down the Shift modifier key when clicking on the record buttons to invert the behavior temporarily.
  • When recording automation on top of an existing automation envelope, and quickly clicking on different positions in parameters like sliders, X/Y pads, etc., Live now records a latching automation envelope instead of jumping back to the previous value.
  • The Compressor device does not clip input signals at +20 dB anymore.
  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey series.
  • Added control surface support for M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32.
  • Added a user satisfaction survey. After several hours of usage, Live will ask you to rate the software on the next startup. You can submit a star rating or simply dismiss the survey.
  • Updated manual, lessons and translations.

Here’s that ‘Disco’ skin screen shot you were hoping for: Continue reading

Max 6.1 Now 64-Bit & Ready For Ableton Live 9

max-64-bit Cycling ’74 has released Max 6.1, an update that 64-bit support, Ableton Live 9 compatibility and more.

Here are the highlights:

  • 64-bit Application
    • Use more than 4GB RAM
    • Use high precision 64bit numbers in Max messages
    • Load 64bit Audio Unit and VST plugins
  • Live 9 Support
    • New devices
    • New Live API features
    • Performance and stability improvements
  • New Gen Features
    • Integrated operator reference
    • New operators and expression features
    • (Beta) Export Gen code to C++ (gen~) or GLSL (
  • Performance Improvements
    • Faster application launch
    • Faster patcher load time
    • General optimizations

Here’s Cycling’s summary on the new features in Max 6.1.0: Continue reading

Ableton Live 9 Review & Ableton Push In Depth – “Ableton Still Owns The Future”

Ableton Live 9

Music educator Will Kuhn has been working with Ableton Live 9 and has decided that ‘Ableton still owns the future”. He writes:

Live 9 strikes me as an iteration of an already great product, but I think the message from Ableton AG is clear: Live is here to stay, and is the ultimate standard in electronic music making.  “Everything you need to make great music can come from us.”  In a way, Live 9 completes the story, and sets the standard for the next generation of music software.

See Kuhn’s site for his full take on Live 9.

In addition to Live 9, though, Ableton also has opened up orders for its new Push controller.  Continue reading

Ableton Live 9 Now Available, Push Available For Pre-Order

Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9 is now available, for Mac & Windows. In addition, Ableton Push is now available for pre-order.

Updates in Ableton Live 9 include:

  • 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.

Here’s an overview of what’s new in Live 9: Continue reading