Ableton ships Live 9 software, Push hardware controller
Ableton has launched <A href="https://www.ableton.com/en/live">Live 9</a>, a major update of its flagship music production software. Among changes in the suite are Session automation -- the ability to record automation in real-time within a clip -- and a overhauled browser, which locates instruments, effects, samples, and plugins within a single view, and supports dragging and dropping folders from anywhere on a computer. Audio can now be converted to MIDI through Drums-to-MIDI, Harmony-to-MIDI, and Melody-to-MIDI options.<br /><br />Some other editing improvements include tools for transposing, reversing, and stretching MIDI notes, warping clip automation, and adding curves to automation envelopes. Ableton has meanwhile reworked the software's built-in studio effects, improving sound quality and options. One new effect is the Glue Compressor, which models a 1980s console bus compressor.
Ableton is selling the Standard version of Live 9 for $449, and the Suite edition for $749. The latter includes over 3,000 sounds, and now also bundles in Max for Live, an assortment of extra effects, instruments, and tools. Max has gained 25 more such add-ons, such as a convolution reverb, drum synth instruments, and MIDI echo. Cheaper upgrade prices are available, but can vary widely based on what a person already owns. A special $99 Intro version strips the software down to basics.
Also new is the <A href="https://www.ableton.com/en/push/">Push</a>, Ableton's first self-branded controller, developed by Akai. The device features 64 multi-color, velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, and 11 touch-sensitive endless encoders. The color-coding can be used to relate pads by key. Separate buttons meanwhile let musicians play clips, overdub notes, or shift between song materials; a touch strip can be used for pitch bending or navigating through drum racks.
A $599 version of the Push includes Live 9 Intro. $849 upgrades Live to Standard, while getting Suite included costs $1,099. As with Live 9 on its own, discounts are available for owners of earlier software.
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