updated 10:50 am EDT, Wed September 3, 2003
today announced the upcoming release of Live 3, an upgrade to its sequencing instrument for Mac OS 9/X. Live 3 is scheduled for release in October of this year and will be available for public beta testing this weekend. The integrated audio sequencing tool gives users control "inside" of the sample with the ability to apply changes in volume, pitch, pan, effects controls onto any section of a sample as clip envelopes. It allows users to add unlimited dynamic musical expression in real-time.
Ableton says that Clip envelopes extend Live's "elastic" approach to audio by allowing themusician to achieve endless variations of a sample. Every clip in Live 3 contains independent envelopes to draw pitch, volume, warping, mixer and
effects parameters. The sample is processed non-destructively and in
Other new features of Live 3 include MIDI key mapping and velocity sensitivity; a new Consolidate command which turns each track within a selected time range into a new clip; new Resonator, Compressor II, EQ Three, Utility effects; an Insert Captured Scene command; new quantization values; VST Plug-In improvements with multiple VST Plug-in editor windows and Mach-O VST Plug-in support for Mac OS X; automatic handling of audio input monitoring;
Live 3 will be available in October for $400. Upgrades from Live 2 are $100 with a $30 discount for electronic delivery. Users that buy or unlock Live 2 for the first time after August 1st 2003 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to Live 3.