Ableton, M-Audio Live 3

Oct 16, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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M-Audio’s and Ableton’s Live 3 is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. Live 3 gives users control “inside” of the sample and offers sound designers and musicians the ability to easily and flexibly animate their samples. In Live 3, changes in volume, pitch, pan, effects controls and more can be drawn onto any section of a sample as clip envelopes, adding unlimited dynamic musical expression to previously static samples. Live 3 also allows the user to create infinite variations from just one sample in real time.

“We are very proud to release the first audio sequencer that will allow you to ‘get into the loop,’” said Gerhard Behles, CEO and founder of Ableton AG. “As we know, making music with samples and loops is fast and fun. To a lot of people, though, an annoying problem has been that samples always sound the same. Live 3 now ends this problem and allows you to 'open up' or 'unfold' your samples and work 'from within.' In Live 3, you will be able to reveal the millions of sounds a sample can make as you draw volume, pitch and effect curves onto it. With Live's new clip envelopes, an arsenal of built-in effects and all VST plug-in effects become the building blocks of a dream (re-)synthesizer.”

New features of Live 3 include clip envelopes that extend Live’s “elastic” approach to audio by allowing musicians to achieve endless variation of a sample. Every clip in Live 3 contains independent envelopes to draw pitch, volume, warping, mixer and effects parameters. The sample is processed nondestructively and in real time. In conjunction with Live's beat-synchronized playback and real-time quantization, the MIDI keyboard becomes a powerful song arrangement aid. Users can improvise new melodies over vocal phrases or spoken passages, or play variations of an instrumental solo on-the-fly, and capture it the Arrangement for further editing; also new is a Legato Mode. Live 3 has a new Consolidate command that turns each track within a selected time range of the arrangement into a new clip that is ready to be looped or dragged into the Session View for instant use. New Effects include Resonators, Compressor II, EQ Three, Utility. The Insert Captured Scene command captures all running clips as a new Session View scene. The Quantization menus now include triplet-note values; the global Quantization setting includes values greater than one bar. Users can view multiple VST plug-in editor windows; new VST plug-in program and bank handling; Mach-O VST plug-in support for Mac OS X. Recording improvements include automatic handling of audio input monitoring; automatic thinning of recorded automation data. New clip settings and features include clips can individually be set to play from RAM instead of from disk; dropping a sample from the File Browsers onto the Clip View replaces the clip's sample, while retaining all other clip settings; increased ranges for clip volume and transposition; Session View clips keep playing when dragged to other clip slots; and all clip Launch Modes are now available for the computer keyboard.

Live 3 has a U.S. MSRP of $399 (MSRP) and is available now. Upgrades from previous Live versions will be available online at www.ableton.com. Upgrades from Live 2 are $69 for the download version and $99 for the boxed version. Upgrades from Live 1 are $99 for the download version and $129 for the boxed version. Users that buy Live 2 for the first time after August 1, 2003, will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to Live 3.

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