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:


Bug fixes:

  • The Trial version of Live 9.0.2 could hang on startup.
  • Live would not work as a ReWire slave on Windows.
  • The performance of the Ableton Index process has been improved, especially on OS X.
  • The Ableton Index process would sometimes not scan all folders after adding them to the sidebar.
  • The Ableton Index process could block the GUI during saving and exporting of Live sets, presets or clips.
  • Scanning folders containing a huge amount of files could take longer than necessary.
  • The Browser would not update its content pane after a change in the file system if the selection was somewhere outside of the Browser.
  • Expanding the Audio Unit folder in the browser’s “Plug-ins” label could be slow for users which have a lot of library content installed.
  • Live would not save a clip self-contained after dragging it to the Browser and confirming the name of the new clip by clicking anywhere outside of the Browser.
  • The Session Record button would not turn off if the recording was aborted, e.g. by stopping or deleting the currently recording clip, disarming a track, etc.
  • Under certain conditions, MIDI notes would not get recorded into a clip slot after deleting a previous clip.
  • Overdubbing into MIDI clips could unnecessarily bloat the undo history file.
  • Fixed a graphical glitch which could occur in the representation of the filter curve in EQ Eight’s Frequency Display.
  • Several MIDI control surfaces would not correctly shut down after quitting Live, e.g. motorfaders on the Mackie Control would not return to zero, Axiom Pro devices would not exit Hypercontrol mode, etc.
  • The “Project Mix IO” control surface would not work.
  • The channel strip buttons on the Mackie Control XT would not work.
  • Fixed a bug where the key navigation in track headers would not work properly when certain control surfaces are selected.
  • When using control surface scripts, the blue hand would sometimes not map to any device, e.g. after creating a device and then deleting it by using undo.
  • Live could sometimes crash on quit in case a faulty MIDI remote script throws an exception in the Python console.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur in Live Intro when right-clicking on a drum rack chain.

Changes for Push:

  • Using the touch strip to change banks in drum racks now requires to pick up the current value, to avoid changing banks accidentally while playing.
  • Fixed incorrect intervals in the Locrian scale.
  • The velocity curve setting would reset to the default value when opening a new Live set.
  • Changing the pad sensitivity settings could be slow if a drum rack was in focus.
  • Updating the LCD display could be slow when switching between Drum and Note mode.
  • The Push LCD could remain blank and no mode would be selected after holding the ‘Browse’ mode button.
  • Fixed a bug where ‘Browse’ mode would be exited after swapping a Max for Live instrument.
  • Tracks created by dragging an instrument would sometimes not be automatically armed if Push is connected.
  • The “Arm Exclusive” preference would not be respected when Push was connected.
  • Fixed a bug where recording wouldn’t work properly if the default clip launch mode was set to ‘Toggle’ mode.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when using the ‘Quantize’ function.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when using Push to delete a device whilst recording automation for this device with the mouse.

UPDATE: A post from Ableton’s Facebook page: “We’ve temporarily removed Live 9.0.3 while we work out one final issue – we expect to have it available again next week. Thanks for your patience.”

‘Disco’ skin screenshot via dhla, rekkerd

24 thoughts on “Ableton Live 9 Update Adds ‘Disco’ Skin

    1. you mean bitwig looks like ableton, bitwig is not even out yet

      but glad to see ableton staying on top of there program
      hopefully more updates to come.

      loving version 9

  1. oh yes, Disco skin is top priority over fade zones not working properly in racks and 25% increased processor load in comparison with live 8…

  2. Will probably update from Live 8 to 9 after a yr of public testing…after all the bugs have been squashed…

  3. As someone already mentioned, even though Disco skin is nice I am more worried about the increasing on CPU load that version 9 has..

    1. Well sheesh if a little increase in CPU is your big “concern” then I’d say Live 9 is in pretty good shape. There’s always going to be the tension between performance and resources when using a computer, there’s always some sort of trade-off cause devs are constantly striving to give the people bigger/better/faster.

      So quit being so fucking cheap and upgrade your computer!! Lol I’m kidding…but really, to me a little extra CPU is nothing, rev that ‘puter up and make it do some work for a change, welcome to life in the fast lane, the bleeding edge! That sort of thing is good for your rock n roll credentials anyhow πŸ˜‰ Maybe try wearing a helmet at first while you’re getting used to the new CPU levels, it might take time.


      With Live 9.0.3, you might experience an issue where, after loading a Live set created in a previous version, VST and AU plug-ins contained in this set are deactivated and don’t output audio anymore.

      In this case, please uninstall Live 9.0.3 and download Live 9.0.2 again from your account.

      Please excuse the inconvenience. We are currently looking into this problem and will provide a solution as soon as possible.

  4. they have had that much stick they have removed the link to their forum because so many people are having a dig.

    would be great if the people who review the gear (hard/software) come back to it after several months and do a RELIABILITY check on the gear.

    Music making has become diseased by BUGS

  5. I have upgraded and I have had good luck with using it. It is still the most innovative software out there IMHO. The new editing tools are creative possibilities. The audio to midi is not perfect but neither is any other app. The plug in delay compensation is a bit of a pain but the only DAW that does that properly is Sonar so IMO it is a moot point unless every DAW offered it. Yes they missed some requested features but it is still very usable. Start the slam fest.

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