[Musikmesse] Ableton Live 8 & Suite 8

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Ableton has announced that Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8 are out now.


Two new instruments, Collision and Latin Percussion are also available; both are included in Ableton Suite 8.

Live 8 and Suite 8 include a new groove engine, revamped warping techniques, live looping, five new effects (including the Ableton Vocoder), crossfades in the Arrangement View, group tracks and a reworked MIDI editor, according to Ableton.

Ableton Suite 8 includes all that plus a sound library and several instruments, including a range of synths, a sampler, electric and acoustic drums (new: Latin percussion), mallets (new: Collision), numerous sampled instruments and a new Operator.

New in Ableton Live 8:
  • New groove engine: new groove library, extract grooves from audio or MIDI, real-time groove quantize. Includes grooves from the legendary Akai MPC and E-mu SP-1200 machines.
  • New warping engine: warp audio events by adjusting the events on the timeline, updated Beats Warp Mode, new Complex Warp Mode, slice audio files to MIDI tracks based on transients.
  • Looper: classic sound-on-sound looping without the limitations of a hardware device. Record, overdub, undo and more without touching the computer. "First loop sync," simple loop management.
  • New effects: Vocoder, Multiband Dynamics, Overdrive, Limiter and Frequency Shifter.
  • Workflow enhancements: including real-time crossfades in the Arrangement View, enhanced MIDI editing, group tracks, multiple track selection, a screen magnifier and more.

New in Ableton Suite 8:
  • "World-class" sound library: completely new sound library with real-world "Sound Objects," presets, grooves, templates and, above all, over 1,600 beautiful sounds.
  • Collision and Corpus:[/b] a unique physical-modeling instrument for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion. Includes Corpus, a separate effect that reproduces Collision's resonator section*.
  • Latin Percussion: a collection of acoustic percussion instruments from the worlds of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and African music, plus a wide selection of clips and grooves for authentic usage.
  • Operator, Ableton's renowned do-it-all synthesizer, has been given a major overhaul. New filter types, more modulation routing options and additive wavetable synthesis with drawable partials make Operator more powerful and flexible than ever.
  • Plus these existing Ableton instruments: Sampler, Electric, Tension, Analog, Drum Machines, Session Drums** and the Essential Instrument Collection 2**.

*Collision and Latin Percussion are also available separately.
**Boxed version only.

Pricing & Availability
Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8 are available today from your local retailer and at www.ableton.com.

Ableton Suite 8:
  • Boxed version: €699 / $849 (includes Ableton Live 8, sound library, 10 Ableton instruments including Session Drums and Essential Instrument Collection 2, printed manual).
  • Download version: €549 / $699 (includes Ableton Live 8, sound library, 8 Ableton instruments).

Ableton Live 8:
  • Boxed version: €449 / $549 (includes the Essential Instrument Collection 2, printed manual).
  • Download version: €349 / $449.

Upgrades:
  • Upgrades to Suite 8 / Live 8 vary in price, depending on the Ableton products you already own.

Collision: €129 / $159.
Latin Percussion: €79 / $99.
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