Ableton is pleased to announce the release of Live 9.2. This free update includes refinements to Live’s audio warping engine, the introduction of latency-compensated automation, a new Tuner device, and more. Owners of Push gain the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums, improved aftertouch, and expanded touchstrip implementation. In addition, Max For Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max.
Coinciding with the release of Live 9.2, Ableton is also making available a free new Pack specially optimized to make extensive use of Push’s new 64 pad functionality. Assembled by finger-drummer extraordinaire Mad Zach, the 64 Pad Lab contains five Racks’ worth of high-quality drum samples, percussion, loops, and one shots. 64 Pad Lab is a must-have for owners of Push, but no Live user should miss out on this essential freebie.
Also, in a new video, Mad Zach uses the 64 Pad Lab Pack to share strategies for playing with the 64 pad layout, tweaking individual sounds, as well as useful production tips for punchy drums.
Live 9.2 new features and improvements in detail:
Live 9.2 introduces several refinements and improvements to Live’s audio warping engine. The Complex and Complex Pro modes now feature punchier transients, even at extreme settings. The new Warp Selection command lets you warp a selected portion of a sample to a precise bar length. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection have both been upgraded to better recognize fixed-tempo audio and warp it accurately – particularly useful when working with electronic music.
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. Automation is now also fully latency compensated.
And in addition to several under the hood developments, Live 9.2 introduces a handy new Tuner device showing the incoming pitch and its distance from the nearest semitone, helping you quickly get instruments in tune. In addition, Max for Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max. A Pack of new Max for Live devices showcasing Max 7 capabilities is forthcoming from Ableton and Cycling ‘74.
For Ableton’s Push hardware instrument, the update to Live 9.2 brings the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing. In addition, the touchstrip can now be used for modulation wheel control, as well as for pitch bend. The update also brings improved aftertouch response to Push’s pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live’s core library sounds.
Watch finger-drummer extraordinaire Mad Zach demonstrate the creative possibilities of using 64 pads in this Push performance video.