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January 10th, 2002

Live - the world's first audio sequencer developed for live performance is now ready for OSX!

Berlin, January 10, 2002 - Ableton, an innovative Berlin-based music software company, today announced a free update of Live. Major improvement in this 1.1 update is the compatibility with Apple's Mac OSX system. This makes Live the world's first audio sequencer to be ready for OSX.

Live is a new audio sequencer that is designed specifically for live performance and was released in October 2001. Current users can receive the free update by visiting and downloading the free update.

Ableton will present Live 1.1 with new features and OSX compatibility at NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The Ableton booth is located in Hall A, booth 6909 in the Anaheim Convention Centre from January 17 - 20, 2002.

About Live

Live is unique in the way it handles loops and samples. Sound files are time-stretched and compressed in real time, while being read from the hard disk. Even long recordings with unstable tempos, play in perfect sync with the current session tempo or an external clock source.

"Due to its stability and low-latency audio streaming solutions for the production and processing environment, OSX is ideal for real time performance oriented applications such as LIVE," commented Gerhard Behles, Founder and CEO of Ableton. "We are excited to pioneer this innovative development with Apple."

With Live, users can record, loop, effect, resample, and launch sounds without ever stopping the music.

Other features include:

  • The ability to jam live, log the action and edit afterwards
  • Play arbitrary samples in sync with song tempo
  • Stretch and pitch audio while playing from disk
  • Assemble chains of fully automatable Live effects and VST plug-ins
  • Control every function with hotkeys and MIDI

Pricing and Availability

Live is currently available at specialized local dealers in 17 countries and at Live has a suggested retail price of EUR 349/USD 299.95. The free OSX upgrade can be downloaded from the Ableton website

About Ableton

Ableton develops and distributes software solutions for the production and processing of sound and music. The company's function is to support creative people with the most modern software technology. The Ableton team is built on many years of experience in the conception and development of successful music software products. The launch of Abletons first product Live in October 2001 was very successful. The company received outstanding press reviews and feedback from costumers.

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For more information, contact:

Ableton AG
PR Coordination, Claudia Weidner
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
D - 10119 Berlin
T: +49-(0)30 288763-211
F: +49-(0)30 288763-11