Date: Friday, June 21st, 2002, 10:47
Ableton’s Live, multichannel software for triggering audio files in realtime with extensive beat-matching / looping features, has become this year’s hottest new music and audio software, on Windows, on the Mac, or native in Mac OS X. I’ve done two good-sized performances with the software now, one a more classical electronic composition and one an evening of DJ-style beat-based music with everything from spooky electronic soundscapes to a kitschy retro Bossa Nova thrown in. Live is an ideal tool for a PowerPage Mobile Musician: I can do entire shows off a PowerBook alone. I’ve stretched Live to the limit; here’s what I’ve found about making the software work. Click ‘read more’ for the full story.