Ableton Releases Live 6

By • September 29, 2006

Ableton has announced the release of Live 6 offering Quicktime video support, a professional multisample library, and customizable racks of instruments and effects. Live 6 also includes multicore support, enhanced project management tools, and improved MIDI control.

“Live 6 upholds Ableton’s tradition of responding to and respecting our vocal user base while maintaining our vision for the program,” says Ableton CEO and co-founder Gerhard Behles. “The results are exciting—Live 6 is our most versatile and powerful version to date. We also spent significant development resources on workflow improvements to make sure Live continues to feel good as the functionality grows.”

With Quicktime video support, Live enters the world of post-production. Drag and drop movies directly into Live’s Arrangement View, and monitor the result on a video window or second screen. Then, align music to visuals, and process the movie’s audio signal within Live. It has never been easier to improvise, compose and warp music to picture.

The Essential Instrument Collection provides Live 6 users with a comprehensive library of multisampled instruments. The included instruments cover the entire musical spectrum, from orchestral strings and brasses, to classic guitars and electric keyboards, to instruments like the harp and the glockenspiel. Load and play the collection in Live’s Simpler, or in Sampler—Ableton’s new optional multi-sample instrument.

Instrument and Effect Racks offer a new level of depth to Live without sacrificing accessibility. Use Racks to create, save, and control customized groupings of multiple instruments, effects and plug-ins. Then distribute your creations online. Use the Rack’s included knobs to adjust any number of parameters with a single knob or fader. Live 6 comes with many preconfigured racks with both instruments and common processing tools like guitar and bass distortion, drum processing, and mastering.

Live 6 also features a number of exciting changes and improvements:

Multicore and Multiprocessor support allow the computational workload from instruments and effects to be distributed to other processors or cores, speeding up system performance.

Deep Freeze expands editing functionality with frozen tracks (temporary rendered files created to free system resources). Cut, copy, paste, duplicate and consolidate clips without having to re-freeze. Automate mixer and clip envelopes, record frozen session view clips into the arrangement, and drag frozen MIDI clips into audio tracks, all without missing a beat.

New and Improved Devices add to Live’s palette of creative tools.
– EQ Eight has replaced EQ Four, with improvements turning it into both a sound-shaping and mastering tool.
– Add analog richness with the warm distortion of Dynamic Tube. Like many of Live’s effects, it can be used for subtle coloration or drastic sonic manipulation.
– Saturator has been improved with the addition of a true analog saturation curve, a user-definable waveshaper, and an optional second output saturator stage.
– Automate and “play” incoming MIDI notes with Note Length. This MIDI effect can generate new notes when incoming notes are released, emulating the release behavior of instruments like the piano or the harpsichord.
– Operator has been augmented with a set of 24dB filter modes, as well as new FM algorithms, giving users more sonic possibilities than ever.

Conveniently organize collections of Live Sets, Live Clips, presets, samples, and movie files with Live 6’s new Project Management Tools. Self-contain a project and pack it with lossless compression for archiving or transfer using Project Folders. Search for missing files and purge the disk of unused files with ease.

Live 6 is available for $599 (549 EUR) (MSRP) from dealers worldwide and from the Ableton webshop. Users who do not need the Essential Instrument Collection and Live 6 box can purchase a downloadable (serial only) version for $499 (469 EUR) from the Ableton webshop. Upgrade pricing is also available.

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