M-Audio Releases Ableton Live 2.0

Dec 10, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors

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M-Audio (Arcadia, Calif.) introduced Live 2, a major upgrade to its Live audio sequencer, which provides musicians with a new creative environment to record, import and arrange multiple audio loops into complete songs--in real time. Live 2 develops the original concept by making the program into a full-blown multitrack and editing suite.

In Live 2, pitch and tempo are completely malleable. Users can set or tap the tempo of audio recordings completely independent of pitch at any time during recording, performance or playback. (Live 2 also allows recording and editing tempo as a continuous curve.) Other features include key changes independent of tempo and application of time stretching to any kind of audio material via new algorithms.

Live 2 also allows for the user to record unlimited takes of audio on an unlimited number of tracks directly into the Arranger or Session view. Additions to Live’s onboard processing include effects presets, new gate and redux effects, and new filter modes for the Auto Filter. (As with its predecessor, Live 2 also supports VST to extend the program’s processing abilities.) A host of other new features include: Rewire support for seamless integration with Reason and other programs; automation enhancement; both traditional solo and pre-fader listening modes; input gain settings; mono/stereo selectors in Bus view; improved file management; and multiport MIDI reception.

New performance-related features include: refined MIDI and computer key mapping for playing sessions; assignable scene advance and track-launch buttons to help navigate large sets via a MIDI controller box; and free assignment of all transport and tempo controls.

“We’re excited to bring musicians a completely new way of working creatively that frees them from technology hassles,” said Adam Castillo, M-Audio’s marketing director, "and we think people are ready for a program like this. Just think of how many times people have had to re-record their tracks because they were at the wrong tempo or in the wrong key. Live 2’s ability to change those parameters on-the-fly is huge."

M-Audio is the exclusive distributor of Ableton Live in North America, Latin America and the UK. Live 2 will be available this month and carries an MSRP of $399. Upgrades for users of Live 1.0 through 1.5 are available for $69 (download) or $89 (boxed). New users to Live 1.5 or 1.0 after November 1, 2002, are eligible to download a free upgrade to Live 2.0.

For more, visit www.m-audio.com.






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