It is interesting reading some of the earlier pages of this thread....
Now i'm curious as to just how long they'll tease us with the beta test.....
(*Cringes at thought of "Hey Bitwig will you release the Beta before 2015?" thread*)
I just think they are taking their time to get it right. It's easy to see the major competition making mistakes by releasing a product still in a beta phase.( I know some people will argue all software is at various stages of beta ) I thought the Live 8 experience & a 3 year wait would have insured a more mature live 9 release.
although these are still babysteps..
I think Ableton should step on it with the L9 thing...
preserving users should also become a serious priority..
let the competition begin...
I had my fingers crossed that this would happen, but L9 seems to be underwhelming, leaving the door wide open for Bitwig to impress. Abes has failed to look after current users. The New Library is optimized for their new hardware: Push & has created many issues for current users. The 'new' browser is fast becoming a thorn in the side with many not upgrading because of it.... Oh, and running 2 libraries ?? Hmmmm. Not ideal.
CAN'T WAIT for Ableton's answer cause you can bet that they will have a damn good one.
OK, some guys are going nuts for it, but the software development of live seems to have stalled a little. Live is all about sound packs & hardware these days & less about software/DAW development and innovation.
Abes have come to a fork in the road, and have made a decision which way to go. It will be interesting to see how many current users choose to take the same road.
Time will tell.