Ableton partners release new instruments for Live

Berlin, Germany, May 6th, 2010

Announcing a new range of exquisite instruments, custom-made for Live by Ableton's favorite sound partners. These new partner instruments are available now at the Ableton web shop.

The range of sounds is highly diverse, including painstakingly sampled grand pianos, Balinese gamelan, EBow guitar, boutique vintage synthesizers, found objects, acoustic and electronic percussion, atmospheres, and soundscapes. All partner instruments work with Suite 8, Live 8 or Live Intro, and many of them are exclusive to Ableton Live.

The partner instruments are completely integrated into Ableton Live, which makes for a smooth workflow and familiar controls. Most of the instruments use Live's Rack format, with the eight Macro Controls carefully mapped to provide powerful, top-level control for immediate tweakability. Within the Racks, carefully selected Ableton effects provide additional sound design options. This tight integration also means that the partner instruments all provide instant mapping to controller hardware.

Some of the sound design teams behind these instruments are long-standing Ableton partners--Puremagnetik, e-instruments and SonArte have all provided sounds for Live's Library. The "new" partners--Sample Logic, Toontrack, Soniccouture and Flatpack--may already be familiar names to many Live users.

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1. Partner instruments movie--a short movie announcing the new instruments

2. A selection of sounds from the partner instruments

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Instruments for Ableton Live by partners--the complete list

Flatpack Electronik Drums

More than 500 synthetically generated drum samples including micro culture (needle drops) and atmospheres, plus a pack of ten drum kits sampled from rare and original drum machines.
EUR 39/USD 49

Flatpack Scope

Scope is a library of soundscapes, pads and textures. Scope is dark, disturbing and atmospheric--the perfect tool for the avant-garde musician, film or TV composer.
EUR 39/USD 49

Flatpack Synthetik Loops

With more than 500 synthetically generated beats, loops and textures, Synthetik Loops is a distinctive and original tool kit for both music production and sound design. Beats and loops are set up in high-, mid- and low-frequency groups, allowing for a myriad of layering combinations.
EUR 39/USD 49

Flatpack Textura

Otherworldly, cinematic and lush, these ambient textures are wonderfully diverse and emotive. If you're looking for the bizarre, peculiar, eerie or unusual, Textura will inspire you.
EUR 29/USD 39

SonArte Sound Objects

SoundObjects Vol. 1 is a unique collection of sampled objects typically found in a hardware store, including saw blades, joist hangers, pipes, ceramic tiles, metal sheets, metal rods, electrical boxes and the like. It also features Thai gongs, tubular bells, and various Chinese cymbals and gongs.
EUR 69/USD 89

SonArte Crystal Sounds

Crystal Sounds Vol. 1 consists of two main instruments: a Cristal Baschet--a "sonorous sculpture" with a truly unique and haunting timbre--and a large variety of crystal glasses. These evocative sounds, combined with Live's effects, have created truly versatile and original instruments.
EUR 69/USD 89

Puremagnetik Retro Synths

Retro Synths represents the "cream of the crop" from Puremagnetik's extensive catalog of classic analog and digital sound libraries, with more than 4000 samples from some of the greatest classic synths of the past three decades.
EUR 59/USD 79

Sample Logic Acoustix

Acoustix is a toolkit for cinematic music production, with a vast selection of production-ready instruments and sounds including organic instruments, bombastic percussives, atmospheric pads and audio loops.
EUR 79/USD 99

e-instruments Studio Grand Uptown

Uptown captures the tonal quality, transparency and expressiveness of an exceptional concert grand. Recorded in a spacious orchestra hall, Uptown offers the rich, satisfying, expressive tonal ambience heard on classical piano performances and recordings.
EUR 79/USD 99

e-instruments Studio Grand Downtown

Downtown offers the rich tonality and balanced character of a high quality concert grand. The large dynamic range and impact of Downtown is geared towards pop, R&B, hip hop, jazz and blues productions.
EUR 79/USD 99

e-instruments Studio Grand West Village

West Village provides the powerful expressiveness of a renowned concert grand. Recorded in a spacious orchestra hall, West Village offers the exemplary tonal character and enhanced projection you would expect from a celebrated international concert stage piano.
EUR 79/USD 99

e-instruments Studio Grand East Village

East Village represents the handcrafted quality of a legendary concert grand. The expressive dynamic range and distinctive tones of East Village are particularly suitable for contemporary jazz, urban R&B, blues and rock.
EUR 79/USD 99

Soniccouture Balinese Gamelan

A gamelan is an ensemble of percussive, bell-like instruments originating in Indonesia. Balinese Gamelan has a characteristic "shimmering" sound due to the detuning of paired instruments playing the same musical part.
EUR 59/USD 79

Soniccouture Bowed Piano

The bowed piano technique involves flexible bows made from fishing line, threaded under the piano's strings, which coaxes a sustained tone from the piano. The resulting sound is organic, shape-shifting, massive, foreboding, and yet delicate.
EUR 59/USD 79

Soniccouture Pan Drum

For Pan Drum, Soniccouture sampled the Hang drum. The Hang is played with the hands. It's incredibly sensitive and dynamic--the entire disc resonates at a central frequency as the player's hands move around the edge, teasing the notes out.
EUR 59/USD 79

Soniccouture Skiddaw Stones

A lithophone (litho = stone, phone = voice) dating back to 1840, the Skiddaw Stones are composed of 61 tuned and shaped rocks made of the rare hornfels stone, found in Cumbria, England. A bewitching instrument that sounds truly ancient.
EUR 59/USD 79

Soniccouture Guzheng

The guzheng is a traditional Chinese instrument, typically with 21 strings over movable bridges, mounted on a large, resonant half-tube wooden box. The notes are generally plucked with the right hand, while the left provides pitch bend and vibrato effects behind the bridge.
EUR 59/USD 79

Soniccouture Kim

The kim is a type of dulcimer or zither from Thailand. It consists of a flat soundbox with 42 wire strings that are struck using two thin bamboo mallets. This extremely unusual instrument can add an atmospheric edge to all kinds of production, from film scoring to ambient soundscaping to folk.
EUR 29/USD 39

Soniccouture Konkrete Drums 1

Konkrete Drums is set of 24 superb drum and percussion kits for Live. It features over 1300 drum samples including punishing, deep kick drums, delicate crystalline ticks, super-fast drilling rolls and atmospheric gongs.
EUR 49/USD 59

Soniccouture Konkrete Drums 2

Konkrete2 is the next level in electronic Drums--25 full kits, each with its own sound, its own idea. Live recordings, dirty old analog synths, circuit-bent hi-fi equipment, obscure academic software algorithims, and unusual acoustic spaces.
EUR 49/USD 59

Soniccouture Tingklik

A Tingklik is a percussion instrument from Bali with tuned bamboo tubes - a "bubbling chatter of bamboo brilliance." Tingklik features extremely detailed stereo sampling, with fourteen velocity layers and six Round-robin alternate samples. Provided in the original or chromatic western tuning.
EUR 39/USD 49

Soniccouture EBow Guitar

The EBow (energy bow) is a small, hand-held device that "bows" the strings of a guitar using an electromagnetic field. It produces a unique guitar sound with a very slow attack and infinite sustain.
EUR 49/USD 59

Soniccouture Synthi AKS

The EMS Synthi AKS is a legendary instrument--raw and unstable. This surprisingly versatile library gives you horror klangs and snappy zaps, snarling ring-mod leads and basses, and fat, rubbery, mellow textures ready to slot into your productions.
EUR 49/USD 59

Toontrack Bully Kit

A clean, modern sound at home in metal, hard rock, hip hop and pop. Think tight, punchy, modern and strong. Created by recording Tomas Haake of Meshuggah, arguably the best metal drummer in the world.
EUR 29/USD 39

Toontrack Fibes Kit

These drums were recorded by Swedish drummer extraordinaire, Morgan Agren, on a Fibes kit from his rehearsal room--and the heads had not been changed for over a decade. This is a dirty, dry, vintage sound, at home in hip hop, alternative rock and country.
EUR 29/USD 39

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