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Ableton released this week Live 9.5, a free update for existing users and launch also the new Push 2 controller.
What is new in Ableton 9.5
Simpler: New Interface, warping, slicing, new analog-modeled filters from Cytomic, slice samples across the keyboard, play single single hits, warp long samples. 3 Operations modes: Classic Mode, One Shot Mode and Slicing Mode
Updated meters for peak and RMS
Improved waveforms, meters and coloring
Great sounding analog modeled filters based on classic vintage hardware models that will self-resonate, feedback, and distort beautifully. The new filters are included in Simpler, Sampler, Operator and Auto Filter.
More sounds, samples and drums
New Instruments inside Max Essentials: Poly (Polyphonic Synthesizer), Bass (Monophonic Synthesizer) and Multi (a synth designed for immediate tweakability from Push)
Link: Play with others, in perfect sync: Ableton Live in Sync but also IOS Apps with Live
What I think about this update:
– Great to see free updates for a software which is longer available than 2 years (Live 9)
– Excellent sounding filters
– Much easier workflow with Simpler
– Feature Highlight 1: Slices and mapping over the keyboard
– Feature Highlight 2: Link: Connect IOS Apps in Sync to Ableton Live
With the Link, Ableton make a big step in the right direction with IOS Apps and I hope to see more in the future.