Things have been a little quiet in Berlin but today the silence is broken. Ableton has just announced a public beta for Live 9.2, the next major update to Live 9 since November 2013.
There are some exciting new features that Live and more specifically Push users have been waiting for: use all 64 pads for drum racks, improved aftertouch implementation, and using the touch strip for modulation. Keep reading for more details and a Push performance from Mad Zach.
There are a lot of improvements and changes that have been made in Live 9.2. The audio warping engine has been refined. Complex and Complex Pro modes now have punchier transients. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection have been improved to better recognize when audio has a fixed tempo (electronic/dance music) and warp it accurately. This should help Ableton users warp full tracks faster for use in live performances.
The new Push features such as 64 drums and mod touch strip can be toggled from the Push hardware. When a drum rack is loaded, pushing “Note” on the Push hardware will toggle between the 64 pad mode and the 16 pad with sequencer mode. The touch strip can toggle between pitch bend or mod wheel functionality by holding “Select” and tapping the touch strip. Push users can also fine tune parameters by holding “shift” and moving the encoders. It’s definitely great to see Ableton adding more functionality to the Push hardware.
Check out the full feature and changelist for Ableton Live 9.2 and download the software on Ableton’s site.
The Midi Fighter 64
Need a proper 64 button finger drumming machine? We know many of you have been waiting patiently to see if we were going to make Midi Fighter 64 available to everyone – not just a custom one off controller for a single artist.
Here’s a real update: the 64 is coming in the next few months. You can be one of the first people to get one by signing up on the official list here on MidiFighter.com
Details on pricing, timeline, and all that other information is still being finalized, but if you’re on that list you will be the first to know, first able to preorder, etc. Stay tuned!