updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon July 17, 2006
Ableton's Live 6 announced
Ableton has announced Live 6, a major update to its music creation, production and performance platform. Version 6 brings QuickTime video support, a professional multisample library, and customizable racks of instruments and effects as well as multicore support, enhanced project management tools, and improved MIDI control. Entering the world of post-production, the new QuickTime video support allows users to drag and drop movies directly into Live's Arrangement View and monitor the result on a video window or second screen; users can align music to visuals to process the movie's audio signal from within Live. The new library of multisampled instruments spans the entire musical spectrum, from orchestral strings and brasses, to classic guitars and electric keyboards, to instruments like the harp and the glockenspiel. Live 6 is scheduled for release in September 2006 for $600 (or $500 for electronic delivery). [updated]
Ableton also announced a technology licensing partnership with SONiVOX (formerly Sonic Implants) to incorporate a selection of SONiVOX instruments into Live 6. The addition will offer a comprehensive instrument collection to the music creation, producting, and performance suite. An initial set of multi-sampled instruments will ship free with Live 6, and additional Expansion Sound Sets are due for release in the near future.
"With the SONiVOX instruments, Ableton Live will become an even more responsive and musical tool for the composers, musicians and producers that have come to rely on Live for innovative solutions to their creative needs," said Gerhard Behles, CEO of Ableton. "We are extremely excited about this partnership and the contribution it allows us to make toward enriching the full musical experience of Ableton's creative community," added Jennifer Hruska, president and founder of SONiVOX.
Formal unveiling of the partnership will be take place at the NAMM Summer
Session 2006, July 14-16th, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Key representatives from both Ableton and SONiVOX will be on hand to meet and talk directly with consumers about the new product integration.