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Ableton Live 8 and Novation on UK Tour, 2009

After the success of last year's Ableton Live tour, Ableton and Novation have teamed up again to showcase Live 8 at select venues. With a brand new schedule of demonstrations and workshops there will be something for everyone — from beginners taking their first steps to seasoned power-users wanting to check out the new features. This time the focus will be on Scotland and the North of England.

Ableton's much-anticipated Live 8 software is now available, and these workshops represent an opportunity to be amongst the first to see its new features and functions. An Ableton specialist will be on hand to introduce Live 8 to those who haven't yet seen Live in action, with its unique approach to creating and performing music. The workshops will also give existing Live users a chance to explore some of its more advanced features and participate in question and answer sessions.

There will also be various Ableton goodies to give away, as well as exclusive Loopmasters sample disks with over 500MB of copyright-free samples, Ableton free trial disks and much more. Ableton and Novation will also be giving away one of Novation's award-winning Nocturn MIDI controllers — worth £90 — at every single event. The prize draw will be open to all those who attend.

The venues and dates are as follows:

Friday, May 1, 1:00 pm
Sheffield College of Music

Friday, May 8, 11:00 am
Nottingham Confetti

Wednesday, May 6, 4:00 pm
Manchester Futureworks

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 pm
Manchester PMT (evening event)

Saturday, May 9, starting at 11:00 am (multiple sessions)
SAE Liverpool

Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 pm
Middlesbrough College, HE Music Technology Recording Complex

Thursday, May 14, 3:00 pm
Newcastle Sounds Live

Thursday, May 14, 1:00-5:00 pm
Livetek event at Walrus, Manchester

Friday, May 15, 1:00 pm
Glasgow SAE

Saturday, May 16, 12:00 pm
Edinburgh Academy of Music and Sound

Thursday, May 21, 11:00 am
Romford Digital Village

The workshops are free. For more information and to reserve your place at one of these events visit: