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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Dec-16 > What’s new in Ableton Live 9.7?

What’s new in Ableton Live 9.7?

Ableton isn’t rushing to release Live 10, but we can forgive the company as it’s been feeding us new features for Push and Live in various 9.x updates. Martin Delaney details the newness in 9.7…

A bleton Live 9.7 has finally been released, although I’ve been lucky enough to have been using the beta for a while now. Live 9.7 is a free update for anybody using Ableton ‘s Live 9 – so download it as soon as you can. What have you got to lose?! And as you’ll find out by reading this overview, you really do get a lot of bang for your (no) buck in this latest Live update.

You’ll see that alongside the typical fixes and tweaks, there are some major new features in 9.7; especially relating to Live’s interaction with Push, as that increasingly becomes the de facto control surface for our favourite DAW. In ongoing efforts to keep as up-to-date as possible, I’m using Push 2 for all of these tutorials – it probably won’t make any difference in most cases, but it’s something to bear in mind.

In recent times, Simpler’s been getting a lot of love from Ableton, as it should – and the new slicing modes are interesting: Beat, Region, and Manual. They’re really just simple variations on what’s already possible, but they’ll speed up a lot of common slicing and sampling tasks and, like many features in Simpler, seem optimised to help make Push 2 more of a serious sampling platform/ interface. That integration is working, as full control over these new features is available from Push. You can choose Mode, Slice By and then the relevant value, such as Transient/Sensitivity, Beat/Note division, or Region/No. Of Regions. For the Manual mode, you can tap a pad to specify the slices, and also tap the Delete button, then the pad to erase those slices. Genius! This is a great way to put those pads to work. The ability to access the In/Out View controls from Push is a major workflow bump as well – this goes with the existing mixer controls to make Push a more credible front end for your Live-based mixing rig. The menus are divided into very logical columns and fast to navigate. This is definitely a Push function that will be quicker than using the mouse!

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In this issue of MusicTech it's tips, tips and more tips… and a free calendar! Tips are always good and and this time, we’ve gone a little further: we’ve asked studios across the world, big and small, to offer their nuggets of wisdom. And they have, in their droves. So we have over 70 pro tips plus a calendar full of pictures of the best studios in the world! Elsewhere we have reviews of the plug-in that does your mixing, the new and rather incredible Keyscape from Spectrasonics and the latest modular synths – both reviews and tutorial. Add the usual software workshops, and over a 1GB of free samples and it's an end of year issue not to be missed!