Ableton releases Live 9.2 public beta

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Ableton Live has announced the release of a public beta of version 9.2 of its Live music production software for Windows and Mac.

Ableton Live 9.2

Live 9.2 is coming soon. This free update brings a number of significant improvements and additions to both Live and Push and is available for download as a public beta version.

Changes in Live 9.2

  • Improved warping — Live 9.2 introduces several refinements to Live’s audio warping engine. The Complex and Complex Pro modes now feature punchier transients, even at extreme settings. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection has been improved to better recognize when audio has a fixed tempo (as is often the case with electronic music) and warp it accurately.
  • Latency compensation — Live 9.2 also introduces a number of latency-related improvements. Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency. And automation is now fully latency compensated.
  • Tuner included — Along with further under-the-hood improvements, Live 9.2 also comes with a new Tuner device – sure to come in handy for guitarists or anyone else who uses hardware instruments.
  • 64 pads for Push users — For users of Push, the Live 9.2 update introduces the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing.
  • Further Push refinements — The Live 9.2 update also brings improved aftertouch implementation to Push’s pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live’s core library sounds. In addition, Push’s touchstrip can now be used for modulation wheel control as well for pitch bend.

The Live 9.2 public beta for Windows and Mac is now available for download. More details are available in the release notes.

More information: Ableton / Live 9 Beta

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Josh Spoon releases 50 Shades of Fade to Grey for Live

Josh Spoon has announced the release of 50 Shades of Fade to Grey, a collection of Fade to Grey effects usually used to fade a song out with a wash effect.

50 Shades of Fade to Grey features

  • 50 Fade to Grey effects.
  • Racked in groups of 5, by type.
  • 5 EQ fade types.
  • EQ types & effects can be changed on the fly.
  • Stop All Clips Max for Live device for easy song ending.

The Ableton Live pack is available for the introductory price of $3 USD.

More information: Josh Spoon / 50 Shades of Fade to Grey

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Max for Cats releases OSCiLLOT for Max for Live

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Max for Cats has introduced OSCiLLOT, a modular synthesizer and effect system for Max for Live.

Max for Cats OSCiLLOT

OSCiLLOT is a complete modular system for Ableton Live. The more than 100 modules – including oscillators, processors, filters, mixers, modulators, amplifiers, shapers, sequencers, utilities and more – comprise the basic building blocks of many electronic instruments and effects.

The good thing about working with a modular system is that it requires no programming knowledge to make your own patches; simply connect any output of any module to an input of any other module with a patchcord and you’re on your way. And while each module has a fairly narrow range of functions, patching together even just a few modules can quickly give rise to complex sounds.

OSCiLLOT is features

  • OSCiLLOT is a patchable, up to 6 voice polyphonic modular system, plus a monophonic Effect version. There are currently ~100 modules integrated.
  • OSCiLLOT allows you to patch a variety of synths, sequencers, effects, logic elements and a much more – let your imagination run wild in the modular jungle…
  • OSCiLLOT AFX is a monophonic Audio FX version.
  • OSCiLLOT MIDI Receive can be used to receive OSCiLLOT data on MIDI tracks, to play your Ableton instruments or VSTi’s/AU’s.

OSCiLLOT is available for purchase from Ableton for 79 EUR. Requires Live 9 Standard & Max for Live.

More information: Max for Cats / OSCiLLOT

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K-Devices releases Alter Echo & Holder for Max for Live

K-Devices has announced the release of Alter Echo and Holder, two new Max for Live devices.

K-Devices Alter Echo

Alter Echo is a powerful delay with exclusive parameters.

What and When step sequencers, innovative Texturize section, and the included Side-Chain Compressor let user shape the wet signal as never before.

Sound design by: Afro DJ Mac, Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines, Hyena, and Richard Devine.
The Alter Echo pack contains: 1 device, 71 presets, 5 audio effect racks, 10 live sets, >67Mb of exclusive samples.

Holder is a quality spectral freezer with exclusive advanced features.

K-Devices Holder

Holder grabs short slices of sound, then transforms them in sustained tones, according to different reading modes, and advanced effects of exclusive dronizer panel. It creates beautiful drones, but i t may be even used as a reverb, as a live counterpoints producer, and to enrich grooves with rhythmbased madness.

Sound design by: Hyena, Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines. The Holder pack contains: 1 device, 62 presets, 42 Live clips, 1 Live set, >127Mb of exclusive samples.

Alter Echo is available for purchase from Ableton for 29 EUR/$39 USD; Holder is 19 EUR/$29 USD. A bundle of both devices is 39 EUR/$49 USD.

More information: K-Devices

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Novation intros Launchpad Pro grid instrument

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Novation has announced the Launchpad Pro, a profession grid instrument.

Novation Launchpad Pro

Launchpad Pro is the simplest and best way to create dynamic, expressive performances in Ableton Live, or any music software.

We’ve given our iconic Launchpad a total overhaul. Enhanced with RGB LED feedback, and velocity and pressure-sensitive pads, Launchpad Pro brings limitless expression and creativity to your music.

Launchpad Pro features

  • Integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live.
  • Control a variety of other music software and external hardware.
  • Play using RGB pads that match the color of your clips.
  • Create expressive beats on drum racks spread across the whole 8 x 8 grid.
  • Easily play notes, melodies and chords on an illuminated chromatic keyboard.
  • Get immediate, slick access to all your mixer controls.
  • Control your effects and instrument mid-performance.
  • Download and control a growing library of Max for Live devices.
  • Compact, lightweight, tough and bus-powered.
  • Comes with everything you need to start.

Launchpad Pro will be available Spring 2015, priced at a US MAP of $299.99 USD.

More information: Novation / Launchpad Pro

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