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February 24th, 2003



Ableton, an innovative Berlin-based music software company, will show LIVE version 2, a major upgrade of their award-winning sequencing instrument for Mac OS9, Mac OSX at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany on March 5-9, 2003. The Ableton booth is located in Hall 5.1, booth C76.

Introduced in 2001 as an audio sequencer to be played like an instrument in live performance, Live was quickly embraced by studio musicians and post production professionals because of the swiftness and ease with which they could sketch out musical ideas. Live 2 offers enhancements to the performance and jamming features of the original software and also adds multi-track recording and editing with "Elastic Audio".

Elastic Audio refers to Live 2's unique ability to render audio totally elastic. This feature allows tempo to be set at anytime during recording, performance or playback. In addition, users can drop in recordings, loops and complete songs, which will play in sync, direct from disk. Live 2 makes it possible to synchronize loops and recordings of any length at any time. Also, time stretching is no longer limited to loops but can now be applied to any audio material; time stretching algorithms have been optimized for rhythmic or melodic material producing "cleaner" results.

"We received great feedback after showing Live 2 at the NAMM Show in Los Angeles last month. We are looking forward to present Live 2 at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany. Musikmesse is a truly International show - in our home country !- and we are proud to show this new version among all the other new things that are shown at Frankfurt Musikmesse." says Gerhard Behles, Founder of Ableton.

Live on stage every day at 16.00 hrs

Ableton presents live performances by today's leading artists. Every day there will be electronic music performed with Live at the Ableton booth. Featuring: DJ Highfish (WMF Records, Berlin, D), Sikora (Klang Elektronik, Offenbach, D), Arovane (DIN, City Centre Offices, Belrin, D) and Funkbrueder (Egostyle Music, Stuttgard).

Ableton All Stars every day at 17.30 hrs

After every Messe-day the Ableton staff will improvise live on stage at the Ableton booth.

Featuring: Monolake, Christian Kleine, Zorn & Froehlich.

About Ableton

Ableton's function is to support creative people with modern software technology. Since the company started in 1999, more than twenty developers and business professionals have joined Ableton--many of them active musicians or DJs. Since the launch of LIVE in October 2001, the company has received outstanding press and customer feedback.

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Images and the Live 2 Demo Version available from 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