Ableton has released Live 2.1, an update to its sequencing instrument. Now, under Mac OS X, Live 2.1 integrates with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, ReBirth, and MSP.
Built for musicians, Live is an audio sequencer you can play like an instrument. It integrates multitrack recording and editing functionality, so you can play studio arrangements on stage or record live improvisations and edit them in the studio. You can also manipulate the speed and pitch of any audio while it’s streamed from disk. ReWire is a technology for transferring audio data between software applications — in real time; it’s the software equivalent of a multi-channel audio cable.
Version 2.1 completes Live’s full ReWire implementation as a ReWire Master and ReWire Slave application under Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.x, and Windows. It also adds multi-channel audio input and output support for the range of Digidesign’s audio hardware on these platforms. On the Mac, Live 2.1 supports samples in Sound Designer II format. And, under Mac OS X, Live’s user interface has been optimized for better performance.