Ableton Live 8, Suite 8 released

Ableton on Thursday released the next generation of its live sequencing applications, Live 8 and Suite 8. In addition to workflow improvements, the software also features some new techniques and effects.

Among the features in Live 8 and Suite 8 are a new groove engine, revamped warping techniques, live looping, five new effects (including the Ableton Vocoder), crossfades in the Arrangement View, group tracks

and a reworked MIDI editor.

Ableton Suite 8 also includes a new sound library; Collision and Corpus, physical-modeling instrument for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion; Latin percussion; and Ableton's Operator synth.

Ableton Live 8 is available immediately and costs $549 for the boxed version and $449 for the download. Ableton Suite 8 costs $849 for the boxed version and $699 for the download.

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