Ableton today announced their new Live 2.1 software update will be fully supporting ReWire under Windows, Mac OS9 and OSX.
The award winning digital audio workstation package that focuses on the performance aspect of loops, cut ups beats and plugins is now available for public beta testing from www.ableton.com, is scheduled for release as a free download for registered Live 2 users by the end of July. New Features include:
Under Mac OS X, Live 2.1 can connect via ReWire to Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo and Logic. This upgrade completes Live's full ReWire implementation as a ReWire Master and ReWire Slave application under Windows, Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X.
- Live 2.1 includes Direct I/O support, offering integration with the complete range of Digidesign audio hardware.
On the Macintosh, Live 2.1 now reads samples in Sound Designer II format.
"Ableton's Live 2.1 provides entirely new and creative ways to work with loop-based material, as well as cool beat warping and effects processing," says Dave Lebolt, general manager of Digidesign. "By combining the creative recording, editing, mixing and processing capabilities of Pro Tools with Live's world, streamed in via ReWire, you get a giant 'feel factory' to work with to create massive grooves and compositions. Any musician (me included) will be excited."
"We are excited to open up the world of Live to Digidesign's customers. ReWire provides a perfect link into the work flow of Pro Tools users, and Direct I/O connects Live to the finest pro audio hardware in the market place." says Gerhard Behles, CEO and founder of Ableton.
Many high profile musicians and artists use Live on stage or in studio production and have been eagerly awaiting the integration of Live, Pro-Tools and the Digidesign hardware. Here are some of their comments on the release of Live 2.1.