[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR5MuXIwZIw?rel=0&w=640&h=360]

There are many reasons why Ableton is one of the most beloved DAWs available and it’s regular, giant free updates full of great new features is one of them.

Ableton Live 9.7 is on it’s way and Ableton have released the new set of features that will be coming with the free update. It brings some great improvements and additions to slicing, recording, and programming beats with Push.

Ableton Live 9.7’s new features include:

  • New slicing options – chop samples by beat divisions or regions, as well as manually or by transients (a new Simpler feature that also works without Push)
  • New drum layout – with 16 set velocity levels for playing and programming more dynamic beats
  • Hands-on audio routing – select and record ins and outs directly from Push for sampling internal or external audio without disrupting your flow
  • Visual feedback for tighter recordings – new display info shows clip phase and count-in so you can start and finish clip recordings more accurately
  • Hands-on color customization – color pads, tracks and clips using Push to make your live performance easier
  • Better playability – pad sensitivity adapts to what you play, whether it’s drums or sustained chords

You can see TecBeatz working with some of the new Push features in this video:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELG_jaHrvXM?rel=0&w=640&h=360]

Certain features of the update, like slicing and drum layouts will be compatible with the first version of Push. The update also introduces some new functions on the original units and improvements to how Link works with Looper and tap tempo. You can view a full list of the changes here.

Ableton Live 9.7 is currently in beta, you can sign up to Ableton’s beta community here.