Ableton Live 9 is an extremely powerful Digital Audio Workstation which is designed for use both in the studio and on stage. Let this software accompany you through every stage of songwriting and performance and you might find your creativity being encouraged by the simple but more than capable workflow and great features such as session view.
The most recent version of Live always brings us some new toys to play with. This time round we have a considerable amount of notable improvements and while some are more "under the hood" there's plenty you'll gain from this version. One of the most exciting additions is the new Glue compressor, modelled on an analog 80s console bus compressor. Great on individual instruments or for making your whole mix tighter, the Glue compressor is a very welcome addition in Ableton Live 9 and enables you to make more professional sounding mixes easier. The already popular EQ Eight plug in has been overhauled too making it much more usable with even more possibilities. The filters inside EQ Eight have been rebuilt, improving the sound quality and smoothness of the output. Several new features are here too, amongst them a new display mode where you can make the output spectrum appear much larger for quick and easy analysis. Other new EQ 8 features include adaptive Q, the ability to change multiple filters at once and an audition mode where you just hear the selected filters effect.
As mentioned, some of the most important changes in Ableton Live 9 are the ones you might not see instantly. A lot of the inner workings of the software have been altered to improve sound quality and really perfect the (already extremely reliable) software to ensure it can hold up on stage every night. Changes have been made to the iconic Session View too, making it even more impressive. Automation can now be recorded to clips in real time or drawn in for full control over all parameters. A new curved automation feature, present in both session and arrangement view, lets you add smooth curves to your parameters too for professional sounding effects.
Audio to MIDI conversion
A new feature for version 9 is an audio to MIDI converter, extremely handy for getting ideas down quickly. Three conversion options are available: harmony, melody and drums. All three do just what you'd expect and allow you to use samples in a new way, for example use your favourite drum break with completely new sounds. This also means you could record a guitar line in and turn it in to a synth or turn your beatboxing in to a full drum kit. The possibilities really are endless with this new feature.
All of the features you know and love
All of the changes in Live 9 are there to help make you work quicker and end up with a more professional result. If you've used Live before then you'll know how easy to create music in a variety of genres and version 9 makes this an even easier task.
Manufacturer Ableton Model Live 9 System Requirements Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 or later PC with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 Multicore processor 2 GB RAM 1024x768 display DVD drive 12GB for minimal install, 6GB recommended Supported Formats WAV AIFF MPEG Ogg Vorbis FLAC VST Audio Unit Included Accessories A DVD with your Live 9 installer DVDs with all your included Sounds A printed manual Stickers
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