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Announcing Ableton Live 6

Published: Tue July 18, 2006  News Feed

Ableton is proud to announce Live 6. Like no other Ableton release, Live 6 has opened itself to new creative communities--offering Quicktime video support, a professional multisample library, and customizable racks of instruments and effects. Live 6 also satisfies frequent user requests by delivering multicore support, enhanced project management tools, and improved MIDI control.

Quicktime Video Support

Live now 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.

Essential Instrument Collection

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 multisample instrument.

Instrument and Effect Racks

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.

Multicore and Multiprocessor support

Distribute the computational workload from instruments and effects to other processors or cores to speed up system performance.

Deep Freeze

Expand 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 that turn it into both a sound-shaping and a mastering tool.
  • Dynamic Tube adds analog richness with the warm distortion of a tube amplifier. 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.
  • Note Length allows users to automate and "play" incoming MIDI notes. 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 24 dB filter modes, as well as new FM algorithms, giving users more sonic possibilities than

Project Management Tools

Conveniently organize collections of Live Sets, Live Clips, presets, samples, and movie files. 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.

For more information about Live 6, take the interactive tour at:

Live 6 Pricing and Availability

Live 6 is scheduled for release in September 2006. It will be available for USD 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 number only) version for USD 499 (469 EUR) from the Ableton webshop.

Users who first unlocked their Live 5 after July 14th will receive a free downloadable (serial number only) upgrade to Live 6 as soon as it's available. This offer expires October 31st. (Optionally, these customers can obtain a boxed version of Live 6 including the Essential Instrument Collection for 119 USD/99 EUR.)

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