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Ableton has announced that Link, its new technology for playing in time together, is now available in Live 9.6 – a free update to Live 9.
What is Link?
Playing electronic instruments in time together has never been easy. Now Link is here: a technology that makes it effortless. Link synchronizes beat, phase, and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection. It means you can forget the hassle of MIDI setup, hop on to a local network, and play multiple devices together with the freedom of a live band.
How does Link work?
Setting up is instant: just switch on Link, connect to the same network, and start jamming. Anyone can start and stop their part while others keep playing. And anyone can adjust the tempo and the rest will follow.
Link works between several instances of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or even without Live in your setup: using Link-enabled apps on multiple devices or multiple apps on the same device.
Pricing and availability
Link is now a built-in feature of Live 9.6, a free update that Live 9 users can download now.
Link is also now available in a number of iOS apps – pricing of apps varies. To check out which apps already have Link built in, head to the Ableton site.
For more info on the Live 9.6 update, which includes improvements and updates to both Push 1 and Push 2, check out the release notes.
Build Link into your app
Ableton is sharing the Link SDK for free. If you’re an app developer who’s interested in joining the band of music-making apps that have Link built in, get in touch with email@example.com.
Ableton makes products for musicians, producers, and DJs to create and perform music. These include Live, software that turns the music studio into an instrument; Push, a hardware instrument for playing and composing with Live; and Link, a technology for playing in time together. Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Since then, the company has attracted a worldwide community of dedicated users.
Ableton’s headquarters are in Berlin, with an additional office in Los Angeles. The company is run by its founders and currently has about 230 employees.