Coming right off of a BPM weekend with a ton of new DJ and production gear from NI and Reloop, Ableton’s joining the party with the announcement of a public beta for the first major update to Ableton Live, version 9.1.
The 9.1 beta adds a number of highly requested features, the most obvious of which is dual monitor support – finally allowing separation of workspaces across two screens. Ableton writes:
Live users gain the ability to open two windows simultaneously on one or two monitors. This allows Arrangement and Session Views to be open side by side, or for Live’s sample display or MIDI note editor to be viewed in a separate window.
The Ableton Push controller also gets a big update in the 9.1 beta, most significantly with a Melodic Step Sequencer mode, meaning that manual building of melodies in the familiar step sequencer workflow is possible. Check out Ableton’s demo of this in the below video – showing how Notes and Chords work with the new sequencer:
The beta update also has a number of lesser-visible features and bugfixes that have been added – check out the full changelog on Ableton’s site.