Live 9.1 to Support Dual Monitor

by Nikolozi Meladze

Peter Kirn:

This [dual monitor support] of course makes Live’s UI more useful in a range of scenarios, additionally aiding laptop users connecting an external display, people wanting side-by-side views on a single big monitor (having used a 27″ iMac recently, that’s almost as enormous as two dedicated displays), and so on. And we know Live users have wanted this, as you’ve told us, sometimes loudly.


Ableton Announces Live 9 & Push Release Date

by Nikolozi Meladze

Ableton Blog:

We are excited to announce that Ableton Live 9 will be out on March 5th. Push, our first hardware instrument, can also be pre-ordered on March 5th and will be available soon at a retailer near you.

The eagerly-awaited Live 9 introduces new dimensions of creative possibilities with Session View automation, inspiring Audio to MIDI tools, curved automation envelopes, new and improved studio effects, an enhanced browser, and much more.

I'm very excited about this update. I've been using Live 9 beta for months and it's rock solid. There's a huge contrast between version 8 and version 9 beta cycles. I remember Live 8 (even after the release) used to crash corrupting the project file. You'd lose your hours/days worth of work. You had to constantly back up your project. I guess Ableton learned the lesson, as this is not the case with version 9 at all. I'm absolutely loving it. The only big complaint I have is a lack of retina display support. I guess that's what you get when you are using a cross platform software — the platform specific features take a back seat. I guess I can't be too annoyed about it considering Apple's own Logic Pro doesn't support retina display still. Another platform specific feature that you don't get with Live is that is the OS X's native full screen mode.

I'll be grabbing this update on the release date. I might even grab the Push controller the same month just to see if it lives up to the hype.

Ableton Live & Mobile Music Making

by Nikolozi Meladze

Palm Sounds:

Of course it’s good to see that Ableton acknowledge the many applications that have grown up around but it does make me wonder if they’ll ever do anything in the mobile space themselves. They don’t have to of course, other have done a very good job of it so far, so you could argue that it becomes less of a priority.

I’m sure they are thinking about it. iPads aren’t powerful enough to run Live 9 grade software yet, but it’s a matter of time. Tim Cook said that they sold 100 million iPads in just 2.5 years. So you could imagine the next generation of musicians will be making music on tablets or similar devices. If Ableton is not thinking about porting or making a mobile version of Live next few years, someone else will beat them to it. As they say, disrupt yourself or be disrupted.

But the description of Push got me thinking. The refer to it as “An instrument for song creation that fits in your backpack with your laptop”, and that sounds kind of mobile to me, or at least heading in that direction.

Push is a cool concept, but I can’t help but think that you are still kind of detached from the actual software (Live). Live’s user interface provides a wealth of information and UI controls, Push only gives you a subset of that. Sure, Push provides a tactile interface, but, to me, the system still feels disconnected. That’s why I can not wait till tablets are powerful enough to let the apps (Live grade apps) be the audio engine and controller at the same time.