Ableton announces Live 8, Suite 8 and new initiatives 16/01/09
Ableton has announced
the agenda for 2009: Ableton Live 8, Ableton Suite 8, new instruments
and three completely new product initiatives. Here's the press release...
Live 8 and Suite 8 enhance the Ableton vision of creative, real-time
digital music with a wealth of new techniques, effects and most-wanted
workflow improvements. These include a new groove engine, revamped
warping techniques, live looping, five new effects (including the
Ableton Vocoder), crossfades in the Arrangement View, group tracks
and a reworked MIDI editor. Ableton Suite 8 includes all that plus
a massive, inspired sound library and all the instruments a musician
could hope for, including a wide range of synths, a sampler, electric
and acoustic drums (new: Latin percussion), mallets (new: Collision),
numerous sampled instruments and a new, even-mightier Operator. New in Ableton Live 8:
New groove engine: new groove library, extract grooves from
audio or MIDI, real time groove quantize
New warping engine: warp audio events by adjusting the
events on the timeline, updated Beats Warp Mode, new Complex Warp Mode,
slice audio files to MIDI tracks based on transients
Looper: classic sound-on-sound looping without the limitations
of a hardware device. Record, overdub, undo and more without touching
the computer. "First loop sync," simple loop management
New effects: Vocoder, Multiband Dynamics, Overdrive, Limiter
and Frequency Shifter
Workflow enhancements: including real-time crossfades in the
Arrangement View, enhanced MIDI editing, group tracks, multiple track
selection, a screen magnifier and more
New in Ableton Suite 8:
World-class sound library: completely new sound library with
real-world "Sound Objects," presets, grooves, templates and, above all,
over 1600 beautiful sounds
Collision and Corpus: a unique physical-modeling instrument
for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion. Includes Corpus,
a separate effect that reproduces Collision's resonator section
Latin Percussion: a collection of acoustic percussion instruments
from the worlds of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and African music plus a wide
selection of clips and grooves for authentic usage
Operator, Ableton's renowned do-it-all synthesizer, has been
given a major overhaul. New filter types, more modulation routing
options and additive wavetable synthesis with drawable partials make
Operator more powerful and flexible than ever.
Plus these existing Ableton instruments: Sampler, Electric, Tension,
Analog, Drum Machines, Session Drums* and the
Essential Instrument Collection 2*.
*Boxed version only. GREAT EXPECTATIONS: NEW INITIATIVES FOR 2009
Share: effortless remote collaboration
Share Live Sets with others via the Web using this special feature
in Live 8. Ableton's simple and intelligent solution for online musical
collaboration streamlines the sharing process with easy sharing and
loading, a simple system of setting access permission, speedy transfers
and no issues with external plug-ins and instruments.
Extend: Max for Live
Max for Live is a new product, co-developed by Ableton and Cycling '74.
Quite simply, it puts the power and potential of Max/MSP inside Live.
With Max for Live, it's possible to create completely new instruments,
effects and extensions that go beyond the common and predictable and
transcend the limits that conventional tools impose. The possibilities
are virtually endless, from completely unique synths and effects,
algorithmic composition tools or radical, new music machines fusing
Live and controller hardware. Max for Live is a chance to join a
society of makers and share ingenuity.
Touch: dedicated controllers for Ableton Live
Ableton and Akai Professional are proud to announce the APC40, a
new hardware controller specially designed for Ableton Live. The
APC40 features high quality controls for real-time mixing, remixing
and production. 109 buttons, 16 endless encoders with LED rings,
nine 45mm faders and a replaceable crossfader give musicians and
producers complete control of Live's Session View, effect devices
and virtual instruments. For anyone in the studio or on stage, DJing,
making beats, running backing tracks, firing MIDI loops or triggering
sound effects, it's time to kiss the mouse goodbye.
These three initiatives combine in interesting ways:
Live 8 + Max for Live: Swap extensions, effects and instruments
created with Max for Live using the sharing technology in Live 8.
So Max for Live owners also get access to any number of additional
instruments, effects and extensions created by the Max for Live
Live 8 + Max for Live + APC40: with Max for Live, it's possible to
customize the APC40, turning its Clip Launch Matrix into a step
sequencer, for instance. Live 8's sharing features allow users to
share APC40 mods with other APC40 users. And because communication
is two-way, this also means access to all the other shared APC40
goodies that the Ableton community has to offer.
Pricing and Availability:
Ableton Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8 should be available in the second
quarter of 2009, following extensive testing and bugfixing. A public
beta version of these products will be available soon.
Prices for Ableton Suite 8 start at EUR 549/USD 699 (download version).
Prices for Ableton Live 8 start at EUR 349/USD 449 (download version).
Upgrades to Live 8/Suite 8 vary in price, depending on the Ableton
products you already own. More details at:
Collision and Latin Percussion will be available individually or
as part of Ableton Suite 8. Both instruments will be available with
the Live 8 release. Collision will cost EUR 129/USD 159,
Latin Percussion EUR 79/USD 99.
Max for Live will be available later this year. Max for Live is a
separate product: it is not part of Ableton Live 8 or Ableton Suite 8.
No price available yet.
The feature "Share Live Set" is initially included in Ableton Live 8.
As the technology develops, Ableton may introduce new models for
handling this feature.
For more information on pricing and availability of the APC40, visit:
akaipro.com/apc40 CAN'T WAIT FOR 8?
Customers who buy Live 7 now get big savings on upgrades to Live 8
and also get two Ableton instruments (Operator and Drum Machines,
worth EUR 198/USD 238 in total) for free.
Customers who buy Ableton Suite now will get a free upgrade to
Ableton Suite 8.
This offer is valid until March 31st 2009. More details at:
ableton.com/cantwaitfor8 More information: