Ableton Announces Live 9 & Push Release Date

by Nikolozi Meladze

Ableton Blog:

We are excited to announce that Ableton Live 9 will be out on March 5th. Push, our first hardware instrument, can also be pre-ordered on March 5th and will be available soon at a retailer near you.

The eagerly-awaited Live 9 introduces new dimensions of creative possibilities with Session View automation, inspiring Audio to MIDI tools, curved automation envelopes, new and improved studio effects, an enhanced browser, and much more.

I'm very excited about this update. I've been using Live 9 beta for months and it's rock solid. There's a huge contrast between version 8 and version 9 beta cycles. I remember Live 8 (even after the release) used to crash corrupting the project file. You'd lose your hours/days worth of work. You had to constantly back up your project. I guess Ableton learned the lesson, as this is not the case with version 9 at all. I'm absolutely loving it. The only big complaint I have is a lack of retina display support. I guess that's what you get when you are using a cross platform software — the platform specific features take a back seat. I guess I can't be too annoyed about it considering Apple's own Logic Pro doesn't support retina display still. Another platform specific feature that you don't get with Live is that is the OS X's native full screen mode.

I'll be grabbing this update on the release date. I might even grab the Push controller the same month just to see if it lives up to the hype.