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Live 1.5 Released as Free Update

Sequencer runs natively in OS X By Dave Nagel
Ableton has released Live 1.5, an update to its "sequencing instrument" for Cubase, Logic, Reason and Digital Performer. The new version runs natively in Mac OS X, as well as OS 9 and Windows. It's available as a free update for current users.

According to Ableton, Live is an audio sequencer that can be played like an instrument. It allows users to bring together audio material from various sources and adjusts samples to the tempo of the song in real time and without changing the pitch. Samples can be played back, and new ones can be recorded using the mouse, keyboard or MIDI Notes. Every action during a jam is recorded and can be post-edited, including all the automation of the mixer and effects.

New features in version 1.5 include:

  • Runs as a Rewire master or client to work with Cubase, Logic, Reason or Digital Performer;
  • Serves as a MIDI Sync master or client;
  • Includes controller boxes with knobs and motor faders to control sequencing;
  • Render to disk function for file export into other audio programs;
  • New reverb simulator;
  • Will be available in English, German, French and Japanese versions;
  • Uses fewer CPU resources than previous versions.

Live 1.5 is available now for $299.95. Users of previous versions can upgrade for free. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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