Well it’s finally here, Ableton live 8 has been released. Lets have a look at the new features.
New midi & audio functions
Ableton Live 8 has some new functions on the midi & audio front. Midi grooves can be created from an audio file, audio files can be sliced & mapped it to a midi file and midi & audio parts can be quantized live. The midi editor window has also had an overhaul and has improved dramatically which is good as i always thought Live’s midi editing was poor.
New warping engine
Ableton Live’s warp engine has always been exceptional in most situations but could sometimes let you down. In Live 8 theres been an overhaul of the beat slicing and complex warp modes and you can also adjust the warp events directly.
Live 8 sees the introduction of new effects.
Live 8′s new looper looks interesting. The looper works like old sound on sound tape machines which allow you to overdub loops in realtime. The looper is set up to use remote operation, i.e. a footpedal, which would make it very useful for live performance. Looper has many advantages over the old tape methords like drag and drop loop organisation, layer editing and automatic bpm detection.
New layout changes
Ableton have also changed some of the layout in Live 8 and added some much needed features. You can now zoom in on the project window, jump to any place in an audio file when previewing, group tracks together and control multiple parameters at once.