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updated 09:40 am EST, Fri January 16, 2009

Ableton Live 8, Suite 8

Ableton has announced the next version of its professional sequencing software, Live 8. Upgrades include a new groove engine, able to extract grooves from audio or MIDI elements, and apply patterns or quantize in real-time. A new warping engine, meanwhile, allows control of effects through the timeline, and incorporates a new Complex Warp Mode.

The software also attaches a built-in looping function -- meant to eliminate memory and other limitations of dedicated hardware -- and five new effects, including the Limiter, Vocoder, Overdrive, Frequency Shifter and Multiband Dynamics. A variety of minor enhancements are said to include improved MIDI editing, group tracks, a screen magnifier and real-time crossfades within the Arrangement view.

Ableton has also announced Suite 8, which bundles Live 8 with 10 different instrument components, including a sampler, Latin percussion instruments, simulated mallet-based instruments and a new synthesizer. The synthesizer has been enhanced with new filter and modulation routing options, as well as additive wavetable synthesis with drawable partials.

Both Live 8 and Suite 8 should ship in the second quarter of 2009, at costs of $449 and $699 for direct downloads. Separate from Suite 8, the Collision (mallet) and Latin Percussion instruments will cost $159 and $99. A public beta test of Live 8 is expected to begin by the end of January.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is one Fugly interface!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It might be fugly, but it's fast to make changes with. Those big buttons are great for the person who's setting up a mix while trying to lay down some tracks on the keyboard, as compared to Apple's Logic where most of the buttons are really tiny.

    Don't get me wrong, I use Logic Pro 8- a great improvement over 7 in terms of interface style, but they still cram a while lot into not so many pixels. That's even worse for people with high-res notebooks using reeeaaaly tiny pixels.

    Someday they'll come up with an interface control like Expose that allows you to switch between large and small interface control styles, catering to the needs of recording AND editing.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: fugly

    Actually Live's interface is very popular among its customers. Most people use this software for a live performance on stage (hence the name) and it basically makes your laptop into musical instrument. The interface was designed with those needs in mind, and it's very efficient for that.

    And danviento's comments about Logic 8 are quite correct. I find the Logic 8 interface very dense.

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