Ableton Live 9's New Interface

Ableton Live 9’s New Interface

Ableton Live 9 was finally released last week.  I had a chance to play around with it and  produced some new cool remixes for weddings.

The interface hasn’t changed much, which is a good thing.  The learning curve is low for folks who are already familiar with Ableton Live 8.  So the first thing that came to mind was, “what was new with it?”  The new stuff came in three major groups:

  1. Better Automation
  2. More usable browser
  3. Compression upgrades

Better Automation

Ableton Live 9 now allows you to RECORD automation into clips in real time!  This is great if you wanted to experiment with certain knobs and settings while the track is playing.  Another upgrade with this version is the ability to draw automation curves in your clip.

More Usable Browser

I have to admit, my workflow involves searching for instruments and tracks with iTunes and Windows Explorer.  I find them much more effective that Ableton Live’s built in browser.  Ableton Live 9 now has a Browser that “makes sense” to me.  I’ll start using it more and see if it changes  my workflow.

Compression Upgrades

I’ve forever been a compression nut.  To see a new compression tool in Ableton Live 9 – named Glue – excites me like… let’s not go there.  Anyway, this compressor is supposed to be better than its predecessors.  It was built in collaboration with Cytomic.  I have yet to explore this further but my initial impression is that it looks good and sound similar to its predecessors.

You can get Ableton Live 9 from the usual DJ stores in Toronto.  You will likely get a better deal from eBay or BH Photo, though.