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Ableton Announces Sampler

Berlin, Germany (July 14, 2006) — Ableton is proud to announce Sampler, an advanced sound-design and sound-sculpting instrument available as an upgrade within Ableton Live 6. In addition to providing perfect host integration, Sampler offers fresh sound-design possibilities through its unique processing and modulation options. When combined within Ableton's Instrument and Effect Racks in Live 6, multiple Samplers provide unprecedented depth of control, automation and sonic possibilities.

"Sampler is a powerful sound design tool that takes advantage of all that Live 6 has to offer," said Ableton CEO and co-founder Gerhard Behles. "More importantly, Sampler's interface is familiar to the Live user, which results in a painless learning curve and maximum fun inside the program."

In the Zone

Each instance of Sampler can host any number of sample zones. Key and velocity ranges as well as crossfades can be defined using a graphical editor. Numerous playback and looping options can also be set up for each zone. Sampler helps with mapping and also helps find appropriate loop points.

Most importantly, Sampler integrates perfectly with Live. Its GUI will be instantly familiar to users accustomed to Live's look and feel. Its short loading times and efficient handling of large-volume libraries provide the sensation of a light-weight yet powerful engine.

As with any Ableton instrument, users can modulate Sampler's controls with clip envelopes, stack Samplers, attach effects and save projects including all samples used by Sampler to send to a colleague for collaboration.

Format Friendly

Sampler avoids RAM shortages and loading-wait times by employing Live's disk preloading technology. Sampler also gracefully imports common sample formats, including AKAI S1000, S3000, GigaStudio, EXS, SoundFont and (non-encrypted) Kontakt. Sampler can also access and edit Ableton's own Essential Instrument Collection shipping with each boxed version of Live 6.

Unique Processing and Modulation

  • FM/AM. Dedicated oscillator can modulate samples by frequency or amplitude, enabling selective harmonic or disharmonic enrichment of the original timbres.
  • Filter/Saturation. Every voice is processed with a "morphable" multimode filter and polyphonic saturation stage.
  • Modulation. Three LFOs, five multimode envelopes and various MIDI inputs serve as modulation sources. Each aspect of the original sample, including sample start and loop position as well as loop length, can be polyphonically modulated, extending the instrument's functionality in the direction of wavetable and granular synthesis.

To learn more about Sampler, take the interactive tour at

Sampler Pricing and Availability

Sampler will be available for EUR 169/USD 199 to Live 6 users via the Ableton web shop in September 2006.

Sampler and Live 6 Beta Test

Beta testing for Live 6 and Sampler will begin in late July 2006. This is a great opportunity for users to get a firsthand look at what Live 6 and Sampler have to offer. To participate in the public beta test, please sign up to receive the Ableton newsletter and watch for details.

About Live

Live is the only solution designed for each stage of the musical process, from creation to production to performance. In the creative stage, Live is transparent, intuitive and responsive, capturing inspiration and encouraging the flow of musical ideas. During production, Live provides all of the professional tools and studio compatibility required to complete and perfect projects. On stage, Live delivers the expressive control and stability that innumerable performing artists have come to rely on. Live 6--Music Creation, Production, and Performance for Mac OS and Windows. Create. Produce. Perform.

About Ableton

Ableton develops modern software technology to inspire creative people. Since the company started in 1999, more than fifty developers and business professionals have joined Ableton--many of them active musicians or DJs. The company has received outstanding press, awards and customer feedback since the unveiling of Live in October 2001.

For more information, contact:

David Cross, Public Media Coordinator
Ableton Inc.
419 Lafayette
New York, NY 10003
Claudia Weidner, Public Relations
Ableton AG
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
10119 Berlin, Germany
ph: +49-(0)30 288763-211