Ableton AG just announced the most anticipated update of their flagship Live and a hardware device named the Push controller. Both releases are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013, though Ableton did not officially provide an exact release date as of yet.
According to an interview Gerhard Behles gave the Deutsche Welle in 2010, Ableton sold more than 1 million copies of Live until then.
Live 9 Features
- session automation:
automation is now recorded in clips. Automation can be moved between arrangement and session view and vice versa. Edit automation with curves.
- updated browser:
sth. many ppl. wanted to see: searching and finding instruments, effects, samples, packs VSTs is now made easier than ever before. Instant search as you type. And sort by various categories.
- updated and new effects:
the effects have been reworked. Ableton added an analogue modelled Glue Compressor and a Convolution Reverb (Max4Live), Ableton updated the EQ8 to display a spectrum view and the Compressor to feature Gain Reduction
- new features:
audio to MIDI. Melodies and Drums can now be extracted to MIDI. Harmony-to-MIDI extracts notes and chords from audio stems.
- Max 4 Live:
the integration of M4L that has started in 2009 has now been completed. M4L is now part of Ableton Live Suite
- tons of new sounds
- designed by AKAI
- powered via USB, brightness gets increased when using the included power supply
- 2 x footswitch (custom assigned)
- 64 pads: velocity and pressure-sensitive, RGB backlight
- 11 touch sensitive encoders
- 4 line LCD display
- 12cm touch strip for pitch bend/scrolling
- 24 LEDs for navigation
At the moment all Live 8 versions (Intro, Standard and Suite) are available 25% off the regular price and it will feature free upgrade to Live 9!
- Live Intro:
$99/€99, for a limited time 25% off: $74/€74
$139/€129, for a limited time 25% off: $104/€97
- Live Standard:
$449/€349, for a limited time 25% off: $337/€262
$549/€449, for a limited time 25% off: $412/€337
(Thomann’s street price boxed: atm €299)
- Live Suite:
$749/€549, for a limited time 25% off: $524/€412
$849/€699, for a limited time 25% off: $637/€524
(Thomann’s street price boxed: atm €449)
- Push Controller:
with Live Intro: $599/€499
For more details check the video of the Ableton Preview Event here in Berlin: