Live 5 is here, and it’s a major upgrade to everyone’s favorite digital audio workstation-you-can-perform with. And we’ve got a bevy of other updates from Download the upgrade and take advantage of a special deal on Live + Operator, watch behind-the-scenes and tutorial movies, download the demo version of 5 (which has only a save disable; you can otherwise use it free for an unlimited time), tour the new version, or — here’s a nifty bit — check out the uber-hip nerdbag custom-made for Ableton. Wrap that laptop in recycled materials. (Rubber dinghies and air mattresses get a second lease of life, your PowerBook gets a second lease on cool. Excellent.)

Oh, yeah, and last but not least, Friday night is the Ableton 5 launch party here in NYC at Tonic, complete with visuals and live music.

See also CDM’s take on what’s new and why you’ll be hearing even more mash-ups than you are now. But don’t think this is a toy for mash-up artists: this software will continue to appear at a club or studio near you. More on all these stories soon . . . it’s suppertime at CDM HQ.

  • rigel

    does anyone have the serial number to that public beta? i downloaded it but didnt take down the serial

  • admin

    Public beta is DONE. This is the final release. The real thing. Unless your serial was a genuine Live 5 serial (not a beta serial), unlocking that would give you a time-limited demo anyway. Download the real demo, and you'll have a save-disabled (but unlimited) full version of Live 5. Then you can buy your upgrade when you're ready to. There's a deal right now if you want to upgrade and get Operator — probably not worth it if you've got a bunch of synths and a copy of FM7, but if you're looking for a bread-and-butter FM + virtual analog instrument that meshes well with Live, could be a good deal.

    Confusing, I know, because in the 11th hour last week they made the public beta truly public, then came out with this. But this is the final-release demo up there, and shipping immediately.



  • rigel

    i just want to play with it until someone cracks it.

  • capella

    :p in soviet russia, software cracks you! (one can only hope)