A lot of us use Ableton, so every new version of Ableton is a big thing… 9.2 has just been released and has great new features and some very much needed improvements.
What are the major changes I hear you ask… well, we get across the board improved latency compensation, improved warping with new features, Push improvements and now we get Max 7! Some people might say these are pretty basic updates but not much is needed when the DAW is so great.
Following Ableton 9.2 update info comes off the official Ableton.com site —-
Live 9.2 introduces a number of latency-related improvements. Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency and automation is now fully latency compensated.
Improved warping, new Tuner, Max 7 and more
Live 9.2 brings further refinements to Live’s audio warping engine. Transients are punchier in Complex and Complex Pro modes, downbeat detection has been improved and warping is now even more accurate. The new Warp Selection command lets you warp a selected portion of a sample to a precise bar length. Along with further under-the-hood improvements, Live 9.2 comes with a handy new Tuner device while Max for Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max.
64 pad mode for Push users, free Pack for everyone
Live 9.2 introduces the ability to use all 64 Push pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing. To help you jump right in, a new free Pack is available that makes use of the extra real estate offered by 64 pad mode and brings you five Racks’ worth of high-quality drums, percussion, loops, and one shot samples. 64 Pad Lab is a must-have for owners of Push, but no Live user should miss out on this essential freebie.
Further Push refinements
Live 9.2 also brings improved aftertouch implementation to Push’s pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live’s core library sounds. In addition, Push’s touchstrip can now also be used for modulation wheel control and pitch bending.
Detailed 9.2 Release Notes
Improvements and feature changes:
- Added the Tuner Device to the Live audio effects
- Added a “Start Playback with Tap Tempo” preference to determine if Tap Tempo is going to activate playback
- Improved tempo detection for warped audio files where the tempo appears to be constant
- Improved warp downbeat detection
- The first warp marker (1.1.1) is now placed closer to the beginning of an audio Clip, even if the that portion of audio does not contain loud transients
- Improved the sound of Complex and Complex Pro Warp modes
- Added the option “Warp Selection as x-Bar Loop” in the context menu when right clicking on a time selection inside an audio clip
- Live Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency
- The latency introduced by a device is now displayed in the status bar, when hovering over the title bar with the mouse. No latencies are shown when latency compensation is turned off
- Automation and Modulation are now fully latency compensated
- Modifying the Arrangement loop brace with mouse or keys will not affect the current track selection, while previously all tracks were selected as soon as the braces where adjusted with the mouse
- The Serato bridge is now compatible with Live 9.2
- Scrub and Ram Mode are now exposed in the python API
- Added support for the Roland A-PRO keyboard series
- Most presets in “Sounds” and all presets in Operator have been updated to react to Aftertouch and/or Modwheel data
- Updated 808 and 909 Kits with better sounding Kicks and Snares
- New 606 & 808 Impulse presets have been added to the Core Library
- Core Library Audio Clips now load with HiQ enabled and Fade disabled
- The preferences setting “Start Transport with Record” has been renamed to “Start Playback with Record”
- Updated lessons and info texts
- Dropped compatibility for Windows XP and Vista, OS X 10.5 and 10.6
Changes for Push:
- Added 64 Pad Drum Rack mode for Push. The Note button now toggles between the Drum Rack three section layout and the 64 Pad Mode
- Improved aftertouch response and added an aftertouch Threshold setting in the Push User Preferences
- Added Modwheel functionality for the Push Ribbon Controller. Tapping the Ribbon Controller while holding “Select” toggles between Pitch Bend and Modwheel function
- Holding “Delete” and tapping an encoder on Push resets the respective parameter to the default setting
- Holding “Shift” while turning an encoder on Push changes the respective parameter with finer resolution
- Improved buttons readability on Push. The Repeat and Metronome buttons now blink if active
- When recording using Repeat on Push, the MIDI notes would be recorded with a negative offset with respect to the grid if the option “Reduced Latency when Monitoring” was on. This caused the very first note in the Clip not to be played back at all
- Using “Shift” + “Add Effect” or “Add Track” while in Scales mode would cause the display to show the Note Layout options even after releasing the Shift button
- When selecting a Drum Rack Pad set to Multisample mode with Push, pressing “Device In” with Push would automatically select the first device in the Chain list, and it would not be possible to go back to the enclosing Instrument Rack device