updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri June 4, 2004
Ableton Live 4 due in July
Ableton today announced , a major new release of its real-time music production suite, adding "a complete and inspiring approach to MIDI sequencing, pattern recording, drag-and-drop sampling, virtual instruments and MIDI hardware support," as well as swing/groove for audio and MIDI clips, a new channel-routing scheme, simplified recording, sample reverse, and several exciting new creative options for the Session View. Live 4 is due at the end of July for Mac OS 9/X. The full version will be $500, while (electronic) upgrades will be $120 from any previous version or $50 for purchases after May 15th. Ableton says a public beta will be available at the end of June.