M-Audio and Ableton will release Live 3—a new upgrade to theiraudio sequencing instrument for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows—onOctober 10 at AES; it is currently available for public beta testingfrom www.ableton.com.
Live 3 is an integrated audio sequencing tool that gives userscontrol “inside” of the sample. It offers sound designersand musicians to easily and flexibly animate their samples. Changes involume, pitch, pan, effects controls and more can be drawn onto anysection of a sample as clip envelopes, as well as allowing the user tocreate infinite variations from just one sample in real time.
“We are very proud to release the first audio sequencer thatwill allow you to ‘get into the loop,’” said GerhardBehles, CEO and founder of Ableton AG. “As we know, making musicwith samples and loops is fast and fun. To a lot of people, though, anannoying problem has been that samples always sound the same. Live 3now ends this problem and allows you to ‘open up’ or ‘unfold’ yoursamples and work ‘from within.’ In Live 3, you will be able to revealthe millions of sounds a sample can make as you draw volume, pitch andeffect curves onto it. With Live’s new clip envelopes, an arsenal ofbuilt-in effects and all VST plug-in effects become the building blocksof a dream (re-)synthesizer.”
New features of Live 3 include clip envelopes that extendLive’s “elastic” approach to audio by allowingmusicians to achieve endless variation of a sample. Every clip in Live3 contains independent envelopes to draw pitch, volume, warping, mixerand effects parameters. The sample is processed nondestructively and inreal time. In conjunction with Live’s beat-synchronized playback andreal-time quantization, the MIDI keyboard becomes a powerful songarrangement aid. Users can improvise new melodies over vocal phrases orspoken passages, or play variations of an instrumental solo on thefly—and capture it all in the Arrangement for further editing.Live 3 has a new Consolidate command that turns each track within aselected time range of the Arrangement into a new clip, ready to belooped or dragged into the Session View for instant use. New effectsinclude resonators, compressor II, EQ three and utility. The InsertCaptured Scene command captures all running clips as a new Session Viewscene. The Quantization menus now include triplet-note values; theglobal Quantization setting includes values greater than one bar, andmany more features.
Live 3 is available for U.S. $399 on October 10. Upgrades fromprevious Live versions will be available online at www.ableton.com.Upgrades from Live 2 are $69 for the download version and $99 for theboxed version. Upgrades from Live1 are $99 for the download version and$129 for the boxed version.