Thursday, April 12, 2012

FREE Ableton Live 8 Lite For ALL Soundcloud users!

Soundcloud has teamed up with Ableton to present ALL their users a FREE copy of Ableton Live 8 Lite!

Yes that's right, so now ANYONE can get a free copy of Ableton Lite 8!

How does this work? Well if you are a registered Soundcloud member you will get an email newsletter - there's a secret link on that newsletter that allows you to input your email in - and voila! They will send you a legit, free, Ableton Live 8 Lite Serials

Of course full-version owners of Ableton Live 8 dont need this but surely you have a friend or two who could use a free copy of Live Lite 8 - in fact everyone should have a copy! So tell your friends, tell your girlfriend, boyfriend, parents, teacher, neighbour, and hopefully they can make use of this offer

What exactly do you get with the Ableton 8 lite? 

Well you have 8 channels of Audio tracks, 8 Channels of MIDI Tracks, one granular synthesis device (simpler), one simple yet awesome drum device (impulse), all this for free - not bad right? Plus you get a whole bunch of effects (only a portion of what the full Live 8 / Suite 8 offers but its still great!)

Keeping in mind that it has 8 audio channels that it should be sufficient for a simple (simple??) 8-deck ableton dj set, which by the way there's a good article on Ableton DJing in DJTECHTOOLS which you can read HERE

According to the Ableton Site the offer is on until May 31 2012!!!

More Details Here

Check out the Youtube video Here

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ableton 8.3 Update Released!

Ableton 8.3 Update Released! 

Owners of Ableton 8 can now update to this latest version

Click HERE to see the release notes!

Nothing really much here, nope no extreme new features or new killer instruments or effects, just bug fixes and minor changes - not really what most people are expecting really as the current version 8 is kinda aging, just like logic 9 (Apple when will you release Logic X?) but any update is always welcome!

Im feeling a slight speed bump - there is this trance track session file that I have been working out which is maxed out (49 tracks , LOADS OF PLUGINS) and my 13 inch macbook pro could barely play back the session without the spinning beach ball thing popping out, well after the update I can actually play back the session without any glitches / drops - strange...

I really wish they start introducing 64 BIT support though - everyone has 8GB of Ram these days and its a shame not being able to make use of all the rams , everyone else (Logic, Cubase 6) starts going 64 bit, i think its about time Live! goes 64 bit too!

And... when is Ableton 9 coming out?? There were some rumors floating around previously regarding the next mega massive update of Ableton but lately things died out a bit, suddenly it's all quiet and now news regarding Ableton 9...

Ableton remains the single most used software I use these days (other than Cubase 6 occasionally and a little bit of Logic 9, but mostly really Ableton) so I am definitely looking forward for Ableton 9's release, hopefully not too long now!

Speaking of Ableton 8, I found that the single most useful, easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to Ableton here: Ableton Live 8 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

This book has been really helpful in getting to know Ableton inside out for me, it pretty much covers everything about Ableton (except for the really advanced stuff like Max for live programming which is understandable)