Ableton Releases Live 8 & Live 8 Suite
Ableton has released Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8. Two new instruments, Collision and Latin Percussion are also available as part of Ableton Suite 8, or for sale individually.
Live 8 and Suite 8 enhance the Ableton vision of creative, real-time digital music with many new techniques, effects and most-wanted workflow improvements. These include a new groove engine, revamped warping techniques, live looping, five new effects (including the Ableton Vocoder), crossfades in the Arrangement View, group tracks and a reworked MIDI editor. Ableton Suite 8 includes all that plus an inspired sound library including a wide range of synths, a sampler, electric
and acoustic drums (new: Latin percussion), mallets (new: Collision), numerous sampled instruments and a new, even mightier Operator.
Live 8 New Features:
» New groove engine: new groove library, extract grooves from audio or MIDI, real-time groove quantize. Includes grooves from the legendary Akai MPC and E-mu SP-1200 machines
» New warping engine: warp audio events by adjusting the events on the timeline, updated Beats Warp Mode, new Complex Warp Mode, slice audio files to MIDI tracks based on transients
» Looper: classic sound-on-sound looping without the limitations of a hardware device. Record, overdub, undo and more without touching the computer. “First loop sync,” simple loop management
» New effects: Vocoder, Multiband Dynamics, Overdrive, Limiter and Frequency Shifter
» Workflow enhancements: including real-time crossfades in the Arrangement View, enhanced MIDI editing, group tracks, multiple track selection, a screen magnifier and more
Live 8 Suite New Features::
» World-class sound library: completely new sound library with real-world “Sound Objects,” presets, grooves, templates and, above all, over 1,600 beautiful sounds
» Collision and Corpus: a unique physical-modeling instrument for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion. Includes Corpus, a separate effect that reproduces Collision’s resonator section
» Latin Percussion: a collection of acoustic percussion instruments from the worlds of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and African music, plus a wide selection of clips and grooves for authentic usage
» Operator, Ableton’s renowned do-it-all synthesizer, has been given a major overhaul. New filter types, more modulation routing options and additive wavetable synthesis with drawable partials
make Operator more powerful and flexible than ever.
» Plus these existing Ableton instruments: Sampler, Electric, Tension, Analog, Drum Machines, Session Drums** and the Essential Instrument Collection 2**.
**Boxed version only.
Ableton’s Live 8 and Suite 8 are available now: Here’s the breakdown:
Ableton Suite 8 Boxed version: $849 / €699; Download version: $699 / €549
Ableton Live 8 Boxed version: $549 / €449; Download version: $449 / €349
Upgrades are available depending on version and other criteria
Collision: $159 / €129 — Latin Percussion: $99 / €79
More information on Ableton Live 8.