Today, Ableton has released Live 9, the highly anticipated new version of its popular music creation software. Today also marks the release of Push - Ableton's first hardware instrument.
Live 9 has lots of improvements for production and performance of electronic music, with Push offering Ableton's first take on an instrument to control some of the unique characteristics of its software. Live 9 has session automation, a vastly improved browser, revamped sounds, powerful audio-to-Midi (particulary good for rippling drums and rhythms for DJ remixes), reworked effects, and Max for Live right there in the program.
Meanwhile, Push "provides direct, hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds and structure, powered by Ableton Live 9 running on your computer", according to the company. Its pressure-sensitive pads allow you high levels of control over your music with 11 endless rotary encoders giving you control over all kinds of continuous parameters.
Built for Ableton by Akai, the unit is designed to sit in a laptop bag alongside your computer for a lightweight, highly portable performance system. It runs on USB power, but is brighter with a power adaptor.
Live 9 is available immediately at retailers worldwide and at Ableton.com. Prices start at US$99 / €79 (Live 9 Intro download version), US$449 / €349 (Live 9 Standard download version) and US$749 / €599 (Live 9 Suite download version). Push prices start at US$599 / €499 for Push + Live 9 Intro, US$849 / €778 for Push + Live 9 Standard, and US$1,099 / €998 for Push + Live 9 Suite. Upgrades depending on the Ableton products you already own.
More details on this new release and pricing at: www.ableton.com/shop
Do you use Ableton for production or DJing - or both? would you consider making the switch? What features in the new release are most important for DJs? Please share your thoughts in the comments.