Bitwig has been on BETA forever. This supposedly Ableton Live killer constantly tease us with all tis interesting features that seems leaps and ahead beyond of what Live can do. It’ll be interesting to see how the Live team will respond to this particular Audio clip feature.
Apple finally released the highly anticipated Logic Pro X. I have yet to try it out but my first impression, it looks eerily similar to Ableton Live layout wise. They appear to borrow many of the workflow from Live. I was skeptical about this update especially after what apple did to Final Cut Pro with the Final Cut X. It appears though, this time Apple gets it right. Everything still translate pretty well if you are coming from Logic Studio 9 and there are tons of new things in there too.
Today,music producers are spoiled with choices. There are so many tools that suits your style and your workflow preference. Ableton Live 9 recently released at a whopping $749 for its ultimate pack. If you’re just starting, that will stop you dead on track. So now, the good people at Propellerheads just announced the latest incarnation to their always fun software Reason 7. Some of the neat new features are audio quantized, MIDI out and advanced mixer bus grouping. I haven’t used reason in a while. Not since version 5 anyway. I was a diehard reason user. Eventually I felt that its close environment held me back. Therefore I made the jump to Logic Pro. Eventually I settle my self with Ableton Live 8. I thought it was what suits my workflow the best. I got no complain over Live 8. I’m just a bit disgruntled with its steep upgrade price. So, this new Reason 7 intrigue me a little bit.
Previous owner of Reason 1 – 5 qualify for $149 upgrade to Reason 6.5 and you will receive free upgrade to Reason 7 when its released later this year. It gives you a whole load of new features and the ability to add 3rd party instrument. Sounds awesome. Yet, Reason 7 is still going to be somewhat close environment since it uses proprietary system. That Native Instruments Komplete 8 that I have will not be compatible with Reason 7. That’s a total deal breaker for me. But if you’re not invested on other plug-ins then Reason 7 is actually looking more and more like a viable alternative as your main DAW. It’s something worth looking into.
The software will debut in Q2 of 2013 – current users of Reason 6/6.5 will be able to upgrade for $129 – learn more about the upgrade pricing scheme on this page.
This video was spotted on youtube and it appeared to be the highly anticipated Ableton Live 9. I managed to grabbed it before the original video got taken down. From this video we can see some minor GUI changes. On the browser window, now you see that you can open new column to reveal the content of the folder above it. Also there are few tweaks and new plug-ins such as the Glue Compressor, developed in collaboration with Cytomic. The EQ 8 receives some major overhaul, now being able to display some kind of spectrum analyzer and pop up window to display it even larger, making it perfect for sound sculpting. The Compressor also got major changes, now having 3 different kind of display mode, auto release and new expand mode. The Gate effect now adds some metering and REturn parameter that will enable you to create smoother gating.
None of these are of course confirmed by Ableton. If what we see above is true and just a small glimpse of what we can expect from Ableton Live 9, then this gonna get very exciting real quick. Looking forward to hear more from the Ableton Team and their officialy released material.