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Ableton 9.1 Beta - Dual Monitor Support, Push Melodic Step Sequencer

Others have reported on the Ableton Live 9.1 beta but I wanted to mention it here in light of the Maschine updates and since I use both Live and Maschine.

First off here is the announcement page -

The big features are:

  • Dual monitor support allowing.
  • Push can new dew melodic step sequencing as see in the embedded Video below. This includes step sequencing with notes, chord, and per-step step automation.

Enter notes manually, or play them in, then edit each note in the sequence precisely – all via the hands-on interface of Push. Plus, you can now edit automation with step-by-step accuracy – maybe open up a filter for single notes, or add a splash of reverb to the last notes of a sequence.

Under the hood changes:

Finally, there are a couple of under the hood changes that we'd like to draw your attention to. Sample rate conversion during rendering is done using an extremely high-quality algorithm. If you're working at a high sample rate (such as 96 kHz), you can now downsample to lower sample rates (such as 44.1 kHz) with no loss in quality. Also, rendering now uses multiple cores, which can result in much faster exports. Ultra high-quality rendering and faster renders – now in Live 9.1. 

Incremental Updates

Ultimately competition  in this market is good and it's nice to see Ableton continue to add value to their controller with incramental updates. 

Ableton Push Tour: Experience Push for Yourself

Ableton has also announced a hand-on tour - more here


  • Join the beta -
  • Read 9.1 beta FAQ -
  • 9.1 release notes and change log -
  • Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
    Boulder, CO