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April 29th, 2002

Ableton releases Live 1.5

Version 1.5 runs cross-platform, with every sequencer and control hardware

Berlin, April 29, 2002 - Ableton, an innovative Berlin-based music software company, today released version 1.5 of Live, the award-winning sequencing instrument for Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 and Windows. The new version has everything to make Live a perfect fit in every studio and stage environment. The 1.5 update is now available as a free download from

New Features include:

  • As a Rewire master or client, Live 1.5 will run in perfect harmony with Cubase, Logic, Reason, or Digital Performer;
  • As a MIDI Sync master or client, Live 1.5 will sync with every piece of hardware;
  • Live 1.5 users can use controller boxes with endless knobs or motor faders to control their sequencing instrument in any desired way;
  • The new version has a Render-to-Disk function for quick file export into other audio programs;
  • Live will contain a stunning new reverb simulator with unprecedented control capabilities and a richness of sound that is rarely encountered with software reverberators;
  • Live will be available in localised versions (menus and help texts in English, German, French and Japanese);
  • The new version will use less CPU resources, and feature many other detail improvements.

Live is the first multitrack recording application for OS X, and the only one to date. "Mac OS X delivers the best audio performance in desktop computing by offering ultra low latency, integrating MIDI services into the operating system and providing support for multiple channels natively," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Live 1.5 is a powerful multi-track capable audio application and we're delighted that it's now available for Mac OS X."

About Live

Live is an audio sequencer that can be played like an instrument. Live allows the user to bring together audio material from various sources. All the samples used are adjusted to the tempo of the song in real time and without changing the pitch. Even long pieces with tempo variations play in perfect sync. Every action during a jam is recorded and can be post-edited in detail, including all the automation of the mixer and effects. With Live, musicians and DJs can record, loop, effect, resample, and launch sounds without ever stopping the music.

Live for Mac OS X and Windows is currently available at specialized local distributors in 17 countries and at Live has a suggested retail price of EUR 349/USD 299.95. The free 1.5 update can be downloaded from the Ableton website

About Ableton

At Ableton, artists, software specialists and business people have come together to create a new generation of music software. The company was founded by the Berlin-based computer music project Monolake in the fall of 1999. Since the company started, more than twenty developers and business professionals have joined Ableton--many of them active musicians or DJs--whose link is the common goal: To develop excellent software for making music.

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Images and Live Demo Version available on our website:

For more information, contact:

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