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Ableton reveals Live 9 upgrade, Push USB hardware instrument

updated 02:45 am EDT, Fri October 26, 2012

All products expected in the first quarter of 2013

Music software purveyor Ableton has announced two new products. The first, an upgrade of music creation suite Live to version 9, greatly expands the creative possibilities of Ableton's popular Live software with the addition of new features. The second product announced is Push -- the company's first USB-based hardware instrument to interface with Live.

Features added to Live 9 include session automation with real-time recording directly within clips; a new browser putting all instruments, effects, samples, and plug-ins in one view; reworked studio effects for better sound and usability; music extraction from samples such as singing, rhythm tapping, or a solo instrument session to turn recordings into MIDI clips; and Max for Live included with the Suite edition of Live 9.

Push provides direct, hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds and structure, powered by Ableton Live running on the computer. High-quality dynamic pads, buttons, encoders and displays, combined with an innovative workflow, allow users to play and compose musical ideas without the need to look at or touch the computer, and without interrupting the musical flow. Built by Akai Pro, the device features 64 pressure- and velocity-sensitive RGB pads with an adaptive layout and a touch strip with 24 LEDs for pitch bending or navigation through a drum rack.

Push includes Ableton Live 9 Intro and works with any edition of Ableton Live 9. All the included instruments, effects and sounds are ready to be played, tweaked, and personalized using Live and the device in parallel.

Prices for Live 9 start at $99 and range to $740 for the Live 9 Suite download version. Push will be available in the first quarter of 2013 for $599. Bundle upgrade discounts will be available for owners of previous versions of Live. Details on upgrades are available at the Ableton website. All packages will be available in the first quarter of 2013.

by MacNN Staff




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