Ableton Announces Free OSX Update for Live

Jan 10, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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Ableton, an innovative Berlin-based music software company, announced at MacWorld a free update of LIVE for Mac OSX. LIVE is a new audio sequencer that is designed specifically for live performance.

"Due to its stability and low-latency audio streaming solutions for the production and processing environment, OSX is ideal for real-time, performance-oriented applications such as LIVE," commented Gerhard Behles, founder and CEO of Ableton. "We are excited to pioneer this innovative development with Apple."

Features include:

  • Sound files are time-stretched and compressed in real time, while being read from the hard disk. Even long recordings with unstable tempos play in perfect sync with the current session tempo or an external clock soure.

  • User can record, loop, effect, resample and launch sounds without stopping the music.

  • Ability to jam live, log the action and edit afterward

  • Play arbitrary samples in sync with song tempo

  • Stretch and pitch audio while playing from disk

  • Assemble chains of fully automatable Live effects and VST plug-ins

  • Control every function with hotkeys and MIDI

LIVE is currently available in the U.S. from Midiman dealers for a MSRP U.S. $299.95. For more, visit

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