Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by turnitto11 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:00 pm

I'm digging Live 9 right now. Curved automation is sweet, and extra effects are nice, and the new features to them (analyzer in EQ8). I really like the new browser. Some people hate it, I find it much easier to navigate.
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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by tone61 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:03 pm

Packs folder in Browser is really useful. In Live8 when you installed a live pack you never knew where installed things were.
Now they are easy to find.

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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by v00d00ppl » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:14 pm

tone61 wrote:Packs folder in Browser is really useful. In Live8 when you installed a live pack you never knew where installed things were.
Now they are easy to find.
Agreed its so much easier finding my go to sounds.
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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by LithiuMind » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:10 am

ShelLuser wrote:Shameless self promotion in progress; I blogged about it (link).

Basically I think Live 9 (Suite) is a big improvement over Live 8 on several aspects. For example the new workflow where all your own setups won't find their way into the library but your user library instead, this is bound to make your whole setup more portable.

The inclusion of several new devices and instruments is IMO also quite good; things like the Glue compressor and the Orchestral Instrument Collection (I'm quite excited about those).

And then there's of course the set of new features. Like, for example, being able to extract harmony, melody or drums directly to MIDI.

But to be very honest the whole thing feels a bit unfinished to me. As if it was released before the intended date. For example; you pick up the included PDF manual, check the section about Max for Live only to see it filled with examples and scenario's which address the previous version.

And although all the sound presets are neatly sorted into categories (Bass, Brass, Pads, Strings..) the drums section is basically one big pile of presets, topped by the Drum rack.

That looks sloppy and feels unfinished to me. Especially when taken the clear separation of the sound presets into account, combined with the fact that this kind of separation was present in the Live 8 library. There I have a folder "Cymbal", "Hihat", "Snare" and even "Kit" which contains full drum kits.

Now I click "Drums" and end up with one big pile of percussion presets.

Sure; there is some separation when you collapse the "Drum hits" section. Just too bad that most of my presets seem to have ended up outside of that structure. It makes no sense; "Bongo A.adg" from Latin Percussion sits outside the structure, "Bongo A H Heel.adg" inside and under the "Bongo" section.

Same applies to Max for Live; that section has also become one big pile of devices. Which, IMO, makes it much harder to use. Especially since you can't easily start sorting it out yourself (you can't create new folders here).

So that is; not without copying stuff to your user library. But why would you want to copy files for the sole intention of sorting? As if keeping 2 (sample) libraries wasn't enough...

That's the other issue; the way they handled the Live 8 library. I know my way around all this, but I still say the lack of documentation on upgrading from 8 to 9 is boggling. I seriously wonder how many people basically (re-)install their livesets without realizing that they now actually keep the same samples in two locations at the same time (eating up precious diskspace). I'm of course referring to the Live 8 library in contrast to the new "Factory packs" folder.

Now, this may sound a little more negative than intended. In the overall I enjoy Live 9 and I think they made some serious progress on several fronts. Some of the new devices really add up to the workflow, the sound collection has been heavily enhanced, and in general the whole program seems to perform much better (start Live, turn APC40 on, continue working..).

Its really good. But, as mentioned, at some points it simply feels unfinished to me.
I think you nailed my impressions of it... I am trying out the demo right now, and I was VERY excited by all the great new content! Until I realized just how disorganized my computer has suddenly become. I am realized that a lot of the presets and samples I just installed were already present in my Live 8 library... but which ones?

At this point it looks like consolidating my Live 8 library into Live 9 cleanly (avoiding redundancies and omissions) is likely going to be a nightmarish 3 month process.

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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by Lephrenic » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:55 am

[art] wrote:
Lephrenic wrote:Why was it necessary to move the Back To Arrangement button?
Consistency. If you notice - each track now has its own 'back to arrangement button' - meaning you can add individual tracks back to arrangement, while playing clips in session view.

The main Back To Arrangement button now in this sense becomes a kind of 'All Back to Arrangement'.

This makes sense because Session and Arrangment automations are independent of each other, enabling you to flip between session and arrangement clips/automations independently and at will.

It's been moved because it's now in line with this new way of using BTA and is in line with the rest of the BTA buttons.

On the session page I'm not 100% sure why they moved it next to the Stop All button, again probably for consistency - but it is somewhat inconsistent. But given the arrangement button is within the track area it may have seemed weird to throw it back up where the transport is (for new users). At least its in the same vague area, and the same row as the loop indicators for each clip. In a way I guess its bunched in with the Scene buttons too.
Ah yes, just noticed this today. Makes sense now. BTA on individual channels is great.
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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by Angstrom » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:59 am

I dislike the sloppy-snapping and the Browser.

Everything else is pretty good.

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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by Lumix » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:11 am

dislike.
1. the stock skins - hope to reimport the v8 skins.
2. the new compressor which has not the old settings anymore --> found a solution ofr that.
3. im missing the old logo the knob which was typically for live before.
4. the browser isnt working with multiple instances of ableton v9 :/
5. no repair library button or did i missed something? :o
6. importing of NKI files is not working - i had to install 8.2.2 to get that NKI imported
(NKI=KOntakt)
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like.
1. the browser is overall pretty to stay organized, searching works faster and live become not idle or freezes.
2. the overall more stable working it really helped to get things better down.
3. the new devices/upgraded devices - the compreeeor is wuite good - but lacks the old settings, the glue is awesome - wow, the gate is also pretty good.
4. the fast vst loading - wow 3-4 times faster here - i was like wow as i loaded Nexus - i dropped it in and it was loaded and ready to play.

overall Ableton has done a pretty good job with v9. 8)
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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

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Re: Ok, Live 9, what you like/dislike?

Post by mdk » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:33 am

Angstrom wrote:I dislike the sloppy-snapping and the Browser.

Everything else is pretty good.
same.

can't stand the 'smart snap'
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