The Berlin based Music software company 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
automation is now recorded in clips. Automation can be moved between arrangement and session view and vice versa. Edit automation with curves.
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
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
The Berlin based company Bitwig has eventually presented some details about their upcoming music software BitwigStudio. Bitwig Studio is targeting at professional and semi-professional musicians for producing and using live.
Features in Version 1.0
In addition to what people would expect like VST support, there seem to be some groundbreaking new features to be coming already in version 1.0:
dual heading for the use of several displays
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and LINUX support (!!)
working on multiple documents
Upcoming Features After Version 1.0
Bitwig also announced features to be upcoming after version 1.0:
LAN multi-user jamming
multi-user music production via Internet
Native modular synthesizer/effects system
The Bitwig company has been founded by former Ableton developers in 2008. They are located in Berlin/Germany.
Closed Beta Test
Although there is no reliable information at the moment about release dates, you can apply here for a beta test starting soon.
German Heise.de and american Precentral.net report today, that HP finished upgrading their smartphone flagship Palm Pre. Interestingly the Palm Pre 2 will be first released to the french market on october 22 on SFR‘s network. Sadly there is no reliable information about when it will hit other markets like the US, Germany or Canada.
The Palm Pre 2 will feature:
1 GHz CPU
5 megapixel camera
3.1″ screen size with 320×480 HVGA display
16 GB memory
Touchstone backcover included
HP webOS 2.0
It is rumored the price will be about 100€ on contract and about 450€ sans contract. HP rebranded Palm’s webOS to HP webOS. The Pre 2 will be shipped with webOS 2.0 preloaded.
Adobe Flash in webOS 2 (video is courtesy of Precentral.net)
Boot time and multitasking in webOS 2 (video is courtesy of Precentral.net)
webOS 2 vs. webOS 1.45 – incl. overclocked (video is courtesy of Precentral.net)
In the beginning there were only rumors, now it’s a fact. The upcoming iPhone competitor “Palm Pre” will allow seamingless integration into iTunes. Thus making synchronization between photos, DRM free music and contacts almost hassle free.
Moreover the “Palm Pre” will be organized as a mass storage device. Which means you can also just copy and paste your data to the Pre from the device tree in Windows’ “Explorer” or the Mac’s “Finder”.
The Palm Pre will be released on June 6th, 2009 in the U.S. of A. Sadly, there is still no release date available for Europe.
This video is courtesy of AllThingsD by the Wall Street Journal:
So the cat is out of the bag. Although Microsoft seemed to be planning to release Windows 7 eventually in January 2010, the computer manufacturer Acer now confirmed to Pocket-lint that they will pre-load Windows 7 on their machines from October 23, 2009.
Moreover Acer said customers who bought a computer 30 days prior October 23, 2009 will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 7.
“23rd October is the date the Windows 7 will be available. There is a 30 day upgrade time so that customers don’t wait to buy a new computer, so if you buy during that 30 day period, you’ll get a free upgrade to Windows 7”, Bobby Watkins, Acer’s UK MD told Pocket-lint.
On the SprintGurus.com forums Coal – one of the admins – seems to have had access to internal Sprint documents. Coal says there might be “2 release windows, one is around 6/7/09 – the other I cannot say much on”.
This could match rumors from EverythingPre.com, who have been informed by an anonymous guy that the first shipment of Palm Pre’s has left Hong Kong in route to the U.S.
As this is rumors all over, we’d better wait and see. Let’s not get into hysteria. The Palm Pre will come with a bang anyway.
According to phonenews.com the US american carrier Sprint will be the official distributor of Palm’s new flagship “Pre”. phonenews.com is referring to internal Sprint memos that there are two possible launch dates.
If Palm can deliver enough units the launch might be on May 17th, 2009 or if not the release will be delayed until June 29th, 2009. The end of june has also been mentioned by Palm when referring to the iPhone. At the end of June, the first iPhone subscribtions will be finished and people might want to search for an alternative.
In our opinion the Pre is a very strong contender to the iPhone. Its Linux based WebOS looks also very interesting to developers and hackers. Moreover the Pre supports multi-tasking. Let’s see what the new iPhone models will feature.