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If you’ve used music software before, you’re already familiar with one half of Ableton Live. Live’s Arrangement View is a familiar working space: time moves from left to right, while tracks are stacked vertically.
But Live also features the revolutionary Session View: a unique sketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline. Freely and independently start and stop any number of audio or MIDI loops – everything stays in sync. Almost everything in Live works in real-time – add, reorder or remove devices, play with Live’s flexible track routing and more – all without interrupting your creative flow.
Here are the features common to all editions of Live 9:
- Unique Session View for quick, intuitive composition, flexible performance and improvisation.
- Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz.
- Non-destructive editing with unlimited undo.
- Powerful MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments.
- Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching.
- Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project.
- Group tracks.
- VST and Audio Unit support.
- Time signature changes.
- Multiple automation lanes.
- Track Freeze.
- Automatic plug-in delay compensation.
- MIDI remote control instant mapping.
- MIDI output to hardware synths.
- MIDI Clock/sync.
- Multicore/multiprocessor support.
- WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
9.5 Release Notes
Improvements and feature changes:
—Improved Waveforms: these now look smooth during zoom operations as well as during recording.
– Improved meters: the track volume meters now show both peak and RMS levels.
– Improved colouring: tracks are now automatically coloured, and new Clips take their track’s color.
– The ‘Auto assign Clip Color’ preference is replaced by ‘Auto assign Track Color’, which determines if a newly created track gets a color from the song’s color sequence assigned or a fixed color chosen by the user.
– Simpler has been completely overhauled with a new interface, Warping, slicing, and new analog modelled filters build in conjunction with Cytomic.
– New analog-modeled filters based on classic vintage hardware models capable of self resonating, feedback and distortion are added to Simpler/Sampler, Auto Filter and Operator.
– The Core Library has been updated with new Drum Kits and new presets for Simpler, Operator, Analog, Auto Filter and Audio Effect Racks.
– Audio Effect Racks now load with devices hidden.
– Sets created with 9.5 will not be openable in pre-9.5 versions of Live. When trying to Save a set created with a previous version in 9.5, a dialog will appear and it will only be possible to Save under a different name.
– Added the option “Preserve Warped Timing” in the Slice to new MIDI track dialog.
– A breakout view is added for Simpler. The breakout view can only be displayed when Simpler has a valid sample
– The Warped waveform is displayed accordingly in Simpler.
– Added a button in the Simpler breakout which warps the region between the sample’s start and end markers as a certain number of bars.
– Added 1/2 and x2 warped length buttons in Simpler.
– Added One Shot mode in Simpler.
– Slicing mode has been added to Simpler. When active, all transients between start and end flags will be used for generating the slices
– It is now possible to normalize a sample via a context menu option by right clicking on Simpler’s waveform.
– Added the possibility to slicing to a Drum Rack from Simpler.
– A sample volume control (Gain) is now added to Simpler.
– When loading a Simpler, Auto Filter or Operator preset created with a previous Live version, the devices will work in legacy mode, in order to preserve the original sound. An “Upgrade button” will activate the new filters. The filters will be automatically upgraded if these were not active in the preset.
– Drum pads inherit Warp on/off when slicing a Simpler to Drum Rack.
– If Simpler in Slicing mode is set to one voice only of if its playback mode is set to “mono”, choke is activated once converted to a Drum Rack.
– Added Trigger or Gate mode for Samples in One Shot/Slice Modes
– It is now possible to reverse a sample in Simpler via a context menu option.
– Creating a multi selection for a number of chains in a Drum Rack enables setting the choke group for all chains at once.
– When instantiating a plug-in, up to 64 parameters get configured automatically now.
– A parameter configuration can now be saved as a default per AU or VST plug-in. This is done via a new context menu entry available in Live’s plug-in device. The default configurations are stored in a “Plug-In Configurations” folder under “User Library/Defaults”.
– Improved performance when drawing waveforms for large sets with many clips.
– Introduced a limitation to how many time a sample can be sped up or slowed down via “:2” or “x2” respectively, in order to save CPU power.
– Improved the automation smoothing for the new filters in Simpler, Operator and Auto Filter.
– Removed the limitation to the amount of transposition affecting samples when using Complex or Complex Pro.
– The error dialog Live throws when users try to save a Default Device / Track while no User Library is available has been improved.
- It is not possible to inadvertently save a Live Set to the Trash anymore.
- The ‘Warp as x bars’ feature is improved so to provide more musical and predictable values.
- Light blue color tones have changed to avoid being confused with the selection color when using the default Live skin.
- Artifacts might be introduced when transposing samples warped with Complex / Pro.
- Specific plug-ins would have triggered Live to configure non-functional parameters after a preset change.