Ableton announces Live 9 and Push
October 25, 2012
Berlin, October 25, 2012
is excited to announce two groundbreaking new music-making products:
Live 9, the music creation software with inspiring new possibilities,
and Push - Ableton’s first
hardware instrument for Live.
The upgrade to version 9 greatly expands the creative possibilities of Ableton’s popular Live software.
The most important new features at a glance:
- Session automation: In Session View, automation can now be
recorded in real time directly within clips. Automation can move
together with clips between Arrangement and Session View.
- Find sounds fast:
Live’s new browser puts all instruments, effects, samples, and plug-ins
in one easy-to-navigate view. Drag and drop folders from anywhere on
your computer, search as you type and navigate from the keyboard to find
- Discover new sounds: Live comes with a large selection
(3,500 in the Suite edition) of production-ready sounds, which were
carefully crafted with the help of over 40 artists, sound designers and
engineers. All sounds feature Macro controls for fast
access to their most meaningful, musical parameters.
- Get your sound right:
Live’s studio effects have all been reworked for even better sound and
usability. The Glue Compressor is a new effect - an authentic model of a
legendary 1980s console bus compressor. EQ Eight has an audition mode
frequencies and an expandable spectrum display. The Gate and Compressor
effects feature a Gain Reduction view which shows changes in signal
level over time.
- Extract music from samples: Live’s new
Harmony, Melody and Drums to MIDI tools extract natural-feeling MIDI
directly from the favorite parts of your music collection. You can also
sing, tap a rhythm, play any solo instrument, then use Melody or Drums
to MIDI to turn your recordings into MIDI clips that you can edit and
reuse with any sound.
- Edit the details: Transpose,
reverse and stretch MIDI notes or warp clip automation and add curves to
automation envelopes. New tools and an improved workflow allow fast and
flexible editing of musical ideas.
- Max for Live - now in Suite:
The Suite edition of Live 9 comes with Max for Live and its many unique
instruments, effects and tools. Max for Live itself includes 24 new
devices such as a convolution reverb, new drum synthesizer instruments,
echo as well as reworked versions of classics such as Step Sequencer and
Buffer Shuffler 2.
Pricing and Availability
start at USD 99 / EUR 79 (Live 9 Intro download version), USD 449 /
EUR 349 (Live 9 Standard download version) and USD 749 / EUR 599 (Live 9
Suite download version).
Upgrades to Live 9 Standard / Live 9 Suite vary in price depending on the Ableton products you already own. More details at: www.ableton.com/shop
Ableton Live 9 will be available in the first quarter of 2013.
Beta testing will begin shortly.
immediately, Ableton Live 8 is available for 25% off the regular price
and includes a free upgrade to Live 9 as soon as it is released.
Ableton presents a new hardware instrument designed to solve an old problem: how to make a song from scratch.
provides direct, hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds
and structure, powered by Ableton Live running on your computer.
High-quality, dynamic pads, buttons, encoders
and display combined with an innovative workflow allow you to play and
compose musical ideas without the need to look at or touch your
computer, and more importantly, without interrupting the musical flow.
The most important features at a glance:
- Play and sequence beats: Push’s 64 velocity- and
pressure-sensitive multi-color pads can be used to play, step sequence,
and navigate within rhythm patterns - all at the same time. The 11
touch-sensitive endless encoders can control device parameters,
adjust velocity, nudge timing and more.
- Play melodies and chords in a new way:
Push “folds” a keyboard’s worth of notes into its 64 pads, with
different pad colors showing the key center and other notes in the key.
This allows you to play in every key using the same finger patterns,
between keys at the touch of a button, and explore new harmonies and
- Improvise with song structure: Push expands the
scope of creation with its unique workflow. Using just a few buttons to
trigger clips, overdub notes, move between song materials and
variations lets Ableton Live itself become an intuitively playable
- Move smoothly from creation to arrangement:
Push offers both the inspiring instrument to start creating music, and
the full-featured software to finish off a track. Everything created
with Push is laid out in Ableton Live on your computer - ready
for fine-tuning, arrangement and export.
- Includes Ableton Live 9:
Push includes Ableton Live 9 Intro and works with any edition of
Ableton Live 9 (Intro, Standard, Suite). All the included instruments,
effects and sounds, as well as your own libraries, are ready to be
played, tweaked, and
- Designed by Ableton, built by Akai Professional:
Utilizing Akai Pro’s long-standing expertise in the field of pad
controllers, Push features 64 pressure and velocity-sensitive RGB
(multi-colored) pads with an adaptive layout and a touch strip with
24 LEDs for pitch bending or navigating through a Drum Rack. The 11
touch-sensitive encoders and LCD display adapt dynamically to control
and show active parameters.
- Fits inside a backpack alongside a laptop:
Push is 370 mm / 14.57 inches wide, 293 mm / 11.54 inches deep and is
46 mm / 1.81 inches in height (including encoders) and weighs 2990g /
6.59 pounds. Backside connections are a USB port, power adaptor
input and two assignable footswitch inputs. (Push is USB-powered, the
brightness of the display and LEDs can be increased by using the
included power supply).
- Push cover: An optional steel cover doubles as a sturdy, angled stand for performance.
Pricing and Availability
Push will be available in the first quarter of 2013 for USD 599 / EUR 499.
includes Ableton Live 9 Intro and works with any edition of Ableton
Live 9 (Intro, Standard, Suite). Bundle upgrade discounts will be
available for owners of previous versions