Ableton Live 7 is your companion during every stage
of the musical process, from creation to production
Version 7 renews the core of Live:
The enhanced audio engine improves fidelity with 64
-bit mix summing, POW-r dithering, optimized sample
-rate conversion and other advances.
The new compressor device integrates three
compression models, one of which is based on a
feedback design commonly found in the most praised
Fully integrated side-chaining capability is
available for the new Compressor as well as Gate and
High-Quality modes have been added to Operator,
Dynamic Tube and Saturator for anti-aliased
processing, reducing typical "digital" artifacts.
EQ Eight has an improved user interface and a 64 bit
mode for increased accuracy.
The new Spectrum analyzer provides visual feedback
for any audio signals within Live.
The MIDI engine has been reworked to minimize timing
error (jitter) of recorded MIDI.
Hardware integration has been streamlinedhardware
synthesizers and effects can now be inserted into
device chains just like software plug-ins.
New memory management technology allows users of
large sample libraries, such as Ableton's new sampled
instruments or third-party libraries imported via
Sampler, to run an impressive number of instruments
at the same time. This happens automatically, with no
setup changes required.
New Audio and MIDI fact sheets explain exactly how
signals are (or are not) being modified when using
specific features in Live and provide tips for
achieving the highest quality results.
Live 7 brings the features most frequently requested
by Live's users:
Time signature changes can be inserted in the
Arrangement timeline and tied to Session scenes.
Warped and unwarped video can be exported to files.
Multiple automation lanes per track can be displayed
and edited at the same time.
A new "tempo nudge" function makes it easier to
synchronize to live musicians or DJs.
REX files can be dragged, dropped and played just
like WAV or AIFF files.
Live, Operator and Sampler have received many small
improvements and additions based on users' requests.
The new "Drum Rack" streamlines beat production via
an easy drag-and-drop interface and brings endless
A familiar drum pad interface allows dragging and
dropping of samples, instruments and effects.
Every pad can have its own Sampler, Simpler,
Operator, or any other virtual instrument or plug-in,
and its own individual effects chain.
The slicing feature fills a Drum Rack with the
individual hits from REX or audio loops. The original
sequence is represented as a MIDI clip, making it
easy to replace, reshuffle or re-record the events
and process them individually.
A Drum Rack can have its own sends, returns and sub
Every pad can be shown as a mixer channel in the
Each drum can be dragged out of its rack for isolated
pattern control and editing.
New Ableton Instruments
The new add-on instruments are the result of
Ableton's collaboration with leading industry
partners. The palette covers physical models of
electric pianos, analog synthesizers and string
instruments as well as multi-mic/multi-layer sampled
acoustic drums, and drum machines. The instruments
integrate tightly with Live, both in terms of
workflow and resource management.
Tension is a physical modeling string synthesizer
based on the advanced technology found in String
Studio from Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS). Through
the use of mathematical models, Tension simulates
each component of a stringed instrument. Tweak
everything from how the string is playedwith a pick,
bow or hammerto the size and type of instrument body
used. Create incredibly accurate reproductions of
real instruments or design otherworldly hybrids, all
within Live's familiar working environment.
Electric offers the much sought-after sounds of
classic electric pianos. Based on AAS' acclaimed
Lounge Lizard, Electric uses the same advanced
physical modeling synthesis technology and integrates
perfectly into Live's workflow. Because Electric uses
synthesis, users can dive inside and play with the
guts of the instrumentthe hammers, tines, pickups
and moreto achieve just that right amount of
melancholy or bark and bite.
Analog emulates the unique circuitry and irresistible
tweakability of vintage analog synthesizers,
employing the renowned physical modeling technology
of AAS' Ultra Analog. Analog is a creative workhorse
that features versatile alias-free oscillators,
multi-mode filters, syncable LFOs, looping envelope
generators and much more. Able to produce everything
from silky pad sweeps to earth-shaking bass, Analog
is also completely integrated in Live's familiar
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