Does anyone know if songs created in Live 9 can be opened in Live 8?

Hi everyone,

I'm collaborating online with other musicians. I'm ready to upgrade to Live 9, but some of the others won't. 

So, the question is, can a song created in Live 9 be opened in Live 8? Are the file formats compatible? Obviously some of the new elements (like Clip automation and use of the new plugins) would be lost. But if I bounced those tracks down to audio, would a Live 8 user still be able to open up the song?

Putting it another way, are the .als file formats compatible, or is it an upward journey only with no backward compatibility?

And yes, I realise that Live 8 tracks can be opened in Live 9! I'm talking about the reverse scenario.

Thanks,

ajw

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ajw31 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • cjhoffmn
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    I don't believe they will be backwards compatible, from what I saw. :(

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • MannoK
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    This question was answered last night at the Dubspot-Stream. (Preview Live 9 & Push)

    No, you can´t use Projects from Live 9 in Live 8, the other way round it works, of course.

     

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • musikiznmind
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    If you bounce each track into audio from live 9 then you can of course import them into live 8. the session settings of course will not go along with it but the audio will. 

    Ableton should improve on backwards compatibility saving options like ProTools. 

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • robcolling
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    Wow. I just realised this was true. What a staggeringly foolish decision in an otherwise fairly excellent upgrade. We all need backwards compatibility in order to participate in collaborations with Live users who haven't upgraded yet. A software upgrade that intentionally impedes or terminates its users' existing collaborative musical projects is a cruel and shortsighted upgrade indeed.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • adamlinkrobot
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    As one of the Live 9 Beta testers, the answer is to your question is, No. They are not backwards compatible. 

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • newstylesound
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    Many DAWs offer the option to output a session in an earlier format (excluding features and such that only exist in the newer version, of course). This enables the world of digital collaboration and studio-to-studio project movement. The fact that Live doesn't do that is an annoyance. Yes, we can export all tracks, no, that's not a solution.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Mista Skrizz
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    Ya found this one out the hard way. Started a collab with a friend who has 9, I of course still have 8. Worked out my intro, break, drums, etc... 3 days worth of work. Sent it off to my friend, who put in his few days after me. I get it back from him and now, 3 weeks later, we have done nothing since. We probably wont even finish the track at this point...

    1 year ago | 1 comment
  • eyescafe
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    My friend cannot open/editing a song from me (live 9) who has version 8 ! What´s that?Professional? Need an Option in Ableton 9 to save a compalibilty file for him....

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • rahulccas
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    Gutted !! 

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • mxvl
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    that's a shame!

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • hotel17
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    I'm a teacher and I use the latest version of Live 9.  At my school they work with Live 8.  Unfortunately I can't create project for my students when I'm at home.  Unless I would buy Live 8, or the school would be forced to upgrade to Live 9, which would be silly, 'cause system would slow down and hey, what's wrong with live 8?

    Live is a great piece of software, it would be great to offer backwards compatibility like other software do (Pro Tools, Logic, Sibelius, Cubase,....)

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • [daw] Ableton staff
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    Hi there, 

    Thank you for all the feedback in here. Currently we don't offer a way to save sets backwards compatible, but I forwarded your feedback internally. 

    Sorry for the inconvenience, I just wanted to let you know, that without promising anything, this is on our radar. 

    Best, 

    David

    1 month ago | 1 comment

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