Ableton Live 9.2 Beta

Ableton is updating their popular music production software, Live, to version 9.2 and they are making the beta version available to testers.

Ableton Live 9.2 Beta

As expected, the company has made the Live 9.2 update available as an early release public beta. This will allow the community of users to help them in finding and fixing any bugs or issues that they may have missed - before actually releasing the update to the general public. Owners of Ableton Live 9 who are willing to help test the software can now download the update via the company's beta program.

So what's new in this update? According to Ableton, Version 9.2 is an update that introduces several improvements to the software, and expands several key functions that make Live even more intuitive and efficient. The update also adds new capabilities to the Push hardware instrument.

The most notable improvement of the update has to do with the software's audio warping engine. Regarding the details, here is what Ableton said, "The Complex and Complex Pro modes now are designed to feature punchier transients, even at extreme settings. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection have both been upgraded to better recognize fixed-tempo audio and warp it accurately – highly useful when working with electronic music."

The updated audio warping engine helps to further establish Ableton Live's dominance in the electronic music market. It will be very useful for live DJ sets, and can also be quite handy for creating studio mixes.

In line with live music production and performance, Live 9.2 comes with latency-related improvements. Max for Live devices now have lower latency when used with the software, and the update also mentioned that third-party plug-ins will have lower latency. Combine this with the full latency compensation for the automation feature and you get a responsive software that works well as an actual live performance instrument.

On top of the improvements, the popular DAW is now bundled with a new Tuner device, which will be quite nifty for producers that utilize actual instruments in their music - including guitarists and other non-digital instrumentalists.

Complementing the software improvements, the company also updated the performance of their hardware instrument, Ableton Push. In their words, "the update to Live 9.2 brings the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing. In addition, the touchstrip can now be used for modulation wheel control, as well as for pitch bend. The update also brings improved aftertouch response to Push's pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live's core library sounds."

Check out the official demo as Mad Zach demonstrates the creative possibilities of using 64 pads in the Push performance video below:

If you already own Ableton Live 9, you can now download the version 9.2 beta update through their website. Visit Ableton for further details.

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