Ableton Live Version 5 Beta Available for Download

"Many predict a new step in technology that could possibly amount to a format revolution, blending the role of producer and performer closer together than ever before."

Ableton, the Berlin music software producer has recently announced that its Live 5 software package is about to be released. All website visitors can now download a time limited, functional demo which gives a taste of the forthcoming full version.

"Version 5 adds our users' most sought-after features," says Ableton CEO Gerhard Behles. In part, due to the clever usage of message boards and wishlists from existing users, the team displayed a clear dedication to the desires of the professional users, which seems a winning strategy.

The Live series was designed from scratch as a package for every step in the musical process: creation, production and performance. Since its first release in 2001, its interface, the degree of peripheral integration and its multi-platform implementation have paved the way for a deluge of producers to go live and degrade their turntables to some high grade interior decoration.

This edition puts the stakes even higher, threatening the market for high end CD-players and on-stage hardware such as drum computers and effects. Many predict a new step in technology that could possibly amount to a format revolution, blending the role of producer and performer closer together than ever before.

The new version, a quick follow-up to version 4 that was released only a year ago, promises to add new degrees of flexibility and ease of use, especially relevant for live performances. Reported features such as MP3 support, automatic tempo matching (say goodbye to beat matching!) and upgraded synthesis have been implemented and will be critically elaborated upon in our forthcoming 365Review of Ableton Live 5.

To test Ableton 5 in beta version be quick, testing lasts one week only! Let's Laptoprock!

Ableton Live 5 Beta

[via 365Mag