Ableton has acquired Cycling ‘74 “in the spirit of research, exploration and innovation”

Ableton and Cycling ‘74 go back a long way. In fact, when Live was being created back in the ‘90s, the latter company’s Max software was used in the early stages of the development process. Since then, we’ve had the launch of Max for Live, which has led to the creation of all kinds of instruments and devices for Ableton’s DAW.

The news that Ableton has acquired Cycling ‘74, then, doesn’t come as a total surprise. We’re told that this is very much a partnership agreement, with the two companies still operating as separate and independently-run entities. However, a statement on Ableton’s website adds that “investment in Cycling ‘74’s unique product vision will see Max development continue indefinitely while creating an exciting opportunity to join forces in the spirit of shared research, exploration and innovation.”

All of which sounds great, but for now, customers of both companies won’t notice any change. Live and Max for Live licenses will continue to be looked after by Ableton, and if you own Max, you will continue to have a licensing agreement with Cycling ‘74, who’ll also provide support.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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