Ableton has announced the releases of Life 9 without giving an exact date, yet. It could be soon because they already offering updates to full versions of live 8 with a free update to version 9.
I checked the website and found some very cool features in V9 (nice web design, too). Up ’til now I don’t use the full-blown version of live 8 but the intro version which has some limitations in the feature set. I do this partly because of the money, partly because I think that there’s creativity in limitations. In the new V9, the difference between full-blown and intro will be more harsh (like only 16 tracks, instead of 64 in V8), so the question is if I should go full-blown or not.
I’m trying to figure out if I update now, so if you have something to say about that I appreciate any input. Feel free to comment this post.
My personal must-have-features are (details and videos here):
- New Sound Browser: I’m clicking a lot in V8 until I found what I’m looking for. So, I’m eager for this improvement
- New Sounds: Depending on your personal taste you may be thrilled or bored, but I think that a little refresher is due.
- Glue Compressor: Sounds cool, because it’s easy to handle, even for a non-professional like me.
- Convert Audio to MIDI: THAT’S AWESOME! MIDI RULES! So cool! That’s my killer-feature. Saves lots of time. YEAH!
So, what do you think? Are you an Ableton Live user? Will you order V9? Do you use Intro or the full version?