Assuming you haven’t already hit Ableton overload with all the news announced this week, Ableton has posted a set of videos that do a pretty nice job of demonstrating the features. I’ve assembled them into a playlist here. (Stumbled on these videos thanks to Synthtopia.)

There are four videos in the playlist, covering Live 8, APC, Max for Live, and Share.

In particular, one video shows how the Share collaboration feature will work, with the ability to easily upload sets and share them either publicly or privately. (There’s a long introduction, but skip halfway through and it starts to talk about the actual solution.)

To me, the big question there is how much it’ll cost. It is nice to see an embeddable widget. Even better would be to have an open API – any chance of that, Ableton? That’d allow web developers (cough) hook into these features for other tools. Imagine if SoundCloud, for instance, which offers audio sharing and commenting, could also link more easily to projects uploaded for Live. Now, Ableton could keep control over Share and work with SoundCloud individually, but then they might miss Bandcamp or some other service they didn’t see coming — you get the idea.

Note that Live isn’t the first to ponder online sharing features, either. FL Studio has its own Collab feature, which nicely enough offers its own chat client – something I wrote about for Keyboard Magazine. I can imagine a world in which the Live Share option is just one of a number of similar features — making an open API all the more interesting. (I can’t actually find that Keyboard article, but I know I wrote it!)

More on Ableton at NAMM here on CDM:

Akai APC40 Video from Ableton; More Controllers Coming

Ableton’s Upgrade Options: Easier to Understand than a Large Hadron Collider

Ableton Live 8, Now with Grooves: The Top 8 New Features

What Makes the APC40 Special: Interactive Clip, Device Control, Dedicated Buttons

Ableton: You’ll Be Able to Customize Akai’s APC40 Using Max for Live

Akai APC40 Ableton Live Controller, in Detail: Plug-and-Play Live Control For Everyone?

Updated: It seems that Collab is no more?

And Key of Grey has a nice story wondering about alternatives to this kind of integrated tool:

Collaborating on a music project online

  • Tommy

    but collab is closed…

  • gesyStearoste

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

  • actuel

    why not Vimeo Ableton?

  • I've done online Logic collaborations using nothing other than iChat to send project files back and forth. What Ableton is suggesting is SVN for people who don't have the knowledge to set it up themselves.

    Someone who wants to do something similar with any other DAW can use DropBox which basically sets up an open SVN for you. You can set up a shared folder which houses the project (as long as it's under 2 gigs for the free version), and anyone can make changes. DropBox will automatically update the files for you.

  • So, is there a video to explain the pricing (upgrades from various versions, max for live)?

  • So far, I've not tried to do any online sharing, but the reason can be summed up in one word: Comcast.

    In true Comcastic fashion, the big Internet cable provider throttles upload speeds to near nada after maybe 15Mb. So you see this rapid transfer dwindle rapidly to nothing as Comcast detects your activity and blocks you. If I could get FioS I would be golden, but in SF I cannot.

    Anyone out there in SF who has a way around Comcast's evil practices? Do I just have to switch to DSL?


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  • peter venus

    About that "max for live": did someone mentioned Jacks VST and AU capabilities before? I just found out about that, but it basically enables everyone to hook up PD as a VST/AU into almost ANY host- for free!