Ableton releases Live 7 and Ableton Suite

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The Arrangement view looks more like a conventional DAW

The Arrangement view looks more like a conventional DAW
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Create tracks on the fly in Live 7 s Session view

Create tracks on the fly in Live 7's Session view

Following several weeks of beta testing, Ableton has confirmed that Live 7 is now finished and available to buy.

Live 7 is the latest major update to Ableton's groundbreaking DAW. Since the launch of the first version back in 2001, it's found favour with producers and performers alike.

As you might expect, version 7 adds a considerable number of new features to Live. These include a Drum Rack for quick and easy beat production, new plug-ins, integrated sidechaining and easy integration with your external hardware.

A number of top user-requested features have been added too, such as the ability to use multiple time signatures in a project, video export, easier automation, a tempo nudge function and support for REX files.

Ableton has also expanded its range of software instruments with the new Electric, Tension and Analog titles. These cover electric pianos, strings and vintage analog synthesizers respectively.

A Mac and PC application, the full version of Ableton Live 7 costs $499/€419 if you download it or $599/€499 if you buy the boxed version. Ableton Suite - which features the main Live application plus a selection of software instruments - retails for $799/€649 as a download and $999/€799 in a box.

Full product spec details and upgrade prices for existing users can be found on the Live 7 product pages at the Ableton website.