Ableton announces Live 9 and Akai Pro made hardware,  Push. Live 9 comes in 3 different flavors. Namely, Intro, Standard and Suite. The 3 editions share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, Instruments, Packs and Effects.

Intro (referred to as the essentials)

  • 3 instruments
  • 26 effects
  • 700+ Sounds (4GB)

Standard (full features and more)

  • 3 instruments
  • 37 effects
  • 11+ sounds (11GB)

Suite (complete integrated studio)

  • 9 instruments
  • 40 effects
  • 3000+ sounds (50GB)
  • Max for Live

Cool New Features in Live 9 include a Drums-to-MIDI feature where Live 9 will allow you to record a drum break to Live and convert it to MIDI. After you’ve converted your break to midi you can replace the drums with your own for an entirely new break with your own spin. There is also Melody-to-MIDI where you can beat-box or hum / sing your melody into Live 9, convert it to midi and then replace it with actual instruments to create some fly organic grooves that transcend your ability or inability to play as well as you’d like. Now that’s pretty dope. Thats only a couple of the cool and powerful MIDI note manipulation tools included in the new Live 9.

As for Push, the integrated hardware solution made by Akai Pro, it’s  “64 pads give you multiple ways to make beats. Play, step sequence, and navigate your loop – all at the same time. ” The design is said to be designed by Ableton and engineered by Akai Pro with authentic Akai Pro pads.

The hardware is outfitted with

  • 64 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
  • 8 touch sensitive encoders
  • LCD display
  • Bus-powered


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