July 15, 2005
../ Ableton Live 5 Beta Now Available
Ableton just released a beta version of their upcoming Live 5 release. This preliminary
release is now publicly available for download from Ableton's website. Ableton states that version 5's feature set extends each core aspect of Live from
music production to performance while making the program more intuitive and fun.
Live 5 includes advanced and creative DAW features including clip Freeze, plug-in delay
compensation, instant start from Arrangement locators, as well as Mackie Control support.
Live's Remix Features have been enhanced with non-native, MP3 support, automatic tempo-matching, Complex Warp Mode and the new clip transport.
Organizational Tools and now even better with the new Live Clip file format and the
efficient Library for locating source files even faster. Live 5 also introduces a selection
of innovative new Instruments and Effects, bringing even more creative possibilities. The beta includes the new Beat Repeat, Phaser, Flanger, Auto Pan,
Saturator, Arpeggiator and the updated Simpler sampler.
Ableton's Live 5 Arrangement Window
Live 5 also delivers countless improvements to existing features. The user can now change
the properties of multiple clips at once, resize and minimize the width of tracks in the Session View, use right-click context menus for most functions and use a
count-in for recording. In addition, Version 5 contains a new set of tutorial lessons and an
improved lesson reader.
Test the Live 5 beta!
The Future: With
only one product in it's lineup, Ableton's updates to Live are fast and furious. The new version promises substantial digital audio workstation improvements as
well as performance tweaks for DJs including the ability to "needle drop" - playing a sound source in the middle of the track in perfect sync. Although the MP3
support is not native - Ableton converts the MP3 to a WAV for use within the program - the feature is a nice band-aid for utilizing MP3's within a performance,
remix, mash-up or production.
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