25 Coolest Products of 2009: 11) Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8
Suite 8 (download), $699.00; Live 8 (download), $449.00; upgrade paths available for existing Live users
Each year it gets harder to imagine what else Ableton could stuff into Live, one of the industry’s most flexible and feature-packed recording software programs. For 2009, Ableton surprises once again with a host of upgrades in Live 8 and Suite 8.
Both feature a new groove engine, revamped warping techniques, live looping, crossfades in the Arrangement View, group tracks and a reworked MIDI editor. Live’s already-generous supply of effects is enhanced with five new options: Vocoder, Multiband Dynamics, Overdrive, Limiter and Frequency Shifter. Suite 8 also adds a massive sound library to its collection of virtual instruments that include synths, a sampler, electric and acoustic drums (including a new Latin percussion set), and the mightier Operator synthesizer.
In addition, Ableton has new initiatives for 2009, that let users collaborate online and create new instruments within the Live environment—all of which gives you more good reasons to get some Live into your recordings.
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