Ableton Live evolves yet again. With focus on new features for those who use the DAW in conjunction with Ableton’s Push hardware controller, the DAW incorporates a number of powerful, commonly requested features too.
New slicing modes:
Trying to finally overtake some of the other (more intuitive) sample-slicing platforms on the market, Ableton is adding new slicing options. You can now chop up samples by beat divisions, regions, as well as manually or by transients. This is all a part of Simpler in the new version.Important to note is that because of these new Simpler features, Live sets opened in 9.7 are not backwards compatible.
New drum mode:
A third layout for Drum Racks + Simpler Slicing: This new layout for allows quick access to 16 preset velocity levels for the selected sample. This layout might come in handy for live performers who want to program more interesting beats – but don’t want to rely on their own finger dexterity to create consistent velocity.
Route audio and MIDI with Push:
Now producers can adjust and select the Input and Output audio routing directly on Push 2. This makes it easier to sample internal/external audio sources without having to jump over to the computer.
Improved visual feedback:
New display info shows clip phase and count-in so you can start and finish clip recordings more accurately. Hands-on color customization – color pads, tracks and clips using Push to make your live performance easier. Push’s pad sensitivity adapts to what you play, whether it’s drums or sustained chords.
Here’s TecBeatz again, taking us through how he used some of these features in his performance:
Live versions from 9.5 on will automatically update to version 9.7, alternatively you can also download Live 9.7 from your User Account and update manually.