Ableton Live 8Stock code: 66166
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- New groove engine
- New warping engine
- New effects
- Workflow enhancements
Ableton Live Version 8 enhances the Ableton vision of creative, real-time digital music with a wealth of new techniques, effects and most-wanted workflow improvements.
Ableton Live 8 Staff Recommendation
I absolutely love Live; it is the most fun piece of software I have ever used! It's always the first piece of software I turn to whenever I start a new project. The completely modular process make it the one of the most powerful programs available and the integration with Novation's Launchpad and Remote Zero SL mk ii give the perfect hardware integration for hands on control.
- Chris Calcutt (Education Adviser)
New Features of Ableton Live 8
New groove engine
Groove patterns dynamically influence the timing and velocity/volume of audio and MIDI material. This can add life and swing to straight patterns, give a track more drive, or lend a piece an easy, laid-back feeling.
Live 8 enhances Live's existing groove power with some important new features:
- Apply groove patterns to any audio or MIDI clips in real time. Change the feel of the whole piece or just selected clips.
- Choose from an extensive library of groove patterns, captured from songs played by some of music's most original, expressive and soulful drummers.
- Extract groove patterns from any audio or MIDI source to build your own groove library from your favorite tracks.
- Quantize audio and MIDI in real time: non-destructive velocity and timing adjustments for rhythmic correction.
- Randomize audio and MIDI timing for a more human feel.
New warping engine
Live 8 is the next logical step in warping evolution with a new, more intuitive warping paradigm and some important Warp Mode enhancements.
- New, intuitive warping allows you to adjust events on the timeline instead of stretching and squeezing the timeline around the events.
- Transient handles: Live analyzes and assigns handles to the transients in audio files automatically.
- Slice by transient: slice audio to MIDI based on Live 8's new transient analysis.
- Enhanced Beats Warp Mode for improved warping of percussive material and new control options.
- Improved Complex Warp Mode using élastique Pro for warping complex, polyphonic material with fewer artifacts.
Looper brings the creative power of classic sound-on-sound looping to Live, without the limitations of a hardware device. Inspired by some of our favorite sample/delay devices plus a good deal of Ableton wizardry, Looper provides plenty of scope in a super-simple interface.
- One-touch operation: Looper is set up for remote operation, so you can record, overdub, undo and more using a single footswitch (not included) and without touching the computer.
- Endless overdubs, tape-loop style for infinite improv jams.
- First loop sync: Live reads the tempo from the length of the first loop you record and automatically syncs up. This eliminates timing issues and lets you record without the click.
- Simple loop management: drag and drop a loop from Looper into a clip slot to make a clip; drag a clip back again to reload it into Looper.
- Multiple Looper sync lets you run as many Loopers as you want without any synchronization headaches.
Live 8 includes five powerful new effects, each with a strong personality and serious "classic" potential. These effects add a special Ableton shine to the well-known aspects of these devices, giving you effects that are not only practical and easy to use but also inspiring.
- Vocoder: the famous "singing robot" effect. Vocoder is classic vocoding plus advanced, intricate control for flexibility and rich sound design.
- Multiband Dynamics: effective processing plus a refreshing approach to visualizing the dynamics involved lets you really see and hear what's going on.
- Overdrive: models the circuits found in legendary stompboxes and forms a perfect complement to Saturator and Dynamic Tube.
- Limiter: an effective brick-wall limiter that will keep your peaks in check.
- Frequency Shifter: frequency shifting and ring modulation for flange effects, atonal harmonics and the sound of Fifties science fiction.
Ableton Live v8 makes Life easier with a number of most-wanted enhancements and some deceptively simple detail work.
- Crossfades in Arrangement View: This much requested feature gives you real-time, non-destructive crossfades, neatly integrated into Live's familiar workflow.
- The enhanced MIDI editor now features step recording, an insert marker and editing improvements.
- Group tracks let you group selected tracks (e.g. a group for drum tracks or a group for all backing vocals). Each group works like a separate mix buss with its own effects and routing settings. You can also collapse grouped tracks to preserve screen real estate.
- Multi-parameter manipulation: want to lower the volume of six different tracks? No need any more to adjust six different faders; just select all six tracks and adjust one volume control.
- Magnify the user interface for optimal visibility on dark stages or hi-res screens. Zoom out for the big picture.
- Browser waveform display: Audio and MIDI browser preview now with waveform display and scrubbing for more informed browsing and file selection.
- Plug-in parameters: Improved configuration and control for plug-ins with numerous parameters.
- And many more workflow improvements: Yes, that feature request you sent may well be in there somewhere.
|Connectivity Details||Mac, Windows|
|Key Stage||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Manufacturers Link||Ableton Live 8|
Nice bit of software
Posted on 22/10/2012 by Chuck
I have been using this for a few weeks after making the move from Reason 5. The first thing I'd say is the tutorials in the programme are pretty good and very hands-on, to get you started. I do find some of the controls and functions a bit clunky but that's possibly due to the simplicity of Reason and that eventually Ableton will give me more versatility with mixing on the fly and some of the sampling features (check out YouTube for the guy remaking a couple of Prodigy tracks!).
Still in my early days with this but the potential is endless.
Posted on 17/10/2012 by stinx
Supreme software for all music production needs, from creating live sets of your own (or other peoples) songs, to arranging your loops and adding automations to piece together a masterpiece of your own creation. Lives built in instruments, audio and midi effects is easily enough to create practically any idea that is in your head.
Posted on 02/10/2012 by Kip Face
Having used this programme in all its versions for the last 15 years or so, the gradual improvements have been welcome and easy to adapt to. I can imagine, though, that this would be as easy to get started on as it was when I first got hooked. There are two ways of working with Ableton Live. The first is to trigger samples and loops live to build and improvise or mix mp3s using a grid layout with multiple samples lined up grouped on channels, the second is to build a track as you would in Logic or Cubase, with automated controls and non-destructive editing. Both approaches are intuitive and beautifully versatile. Of course, VST instruments and effects can be used and outputs can be grouped in either mode.
I love to use Ableton Live with Reason (via ReWire) to build songs, as it allows me to record my own tracks and combine them easily with Reason's samples, synths and virtual orchestra. Midi can be sent to Reason and the audio recorded, allowing you to hack up and mess with the output further. Ableton Live is also, however, my friends' program of choice for live DJ sets, allowing you to have upwards of 100 mp3s cued and ready to play for ease of view, choice and spur-of-the-moment decisions on what to play next.
I'm sure there are possibilities I haven't conceived of even in my years of using and abusing this programme, and every new version brings fresh ideas and new ways to connect, mash up and create original noise. I've tried many programmes over the years, but I keep coming back to Ableton Live whatever I'm making.
I couldn't really fault this programme, although I do feel the makers could have gone one step further by buying me a new keyboard to use with it. Maybe next time...
Posted on 01/10/2012 by flip
Don't let the high price put you off this product it is worth every penny. The only limit is your own imagination as you can integrate a vast array of effects and incredible midi device synchronicity to conduct with just the touch of a button.