Update on the Ableton Live 9 / Push Release Date

I originally reported on the Live 9 and Push being available for preorder at major retailers back in December. Now it looks like Guitar Center and Musicians Friend has updated their expected availability / shipping date for the Ableton Push controller and Ableton Live 9.

Guitar Center is now at

Push : March 18
Live 9: February 11

and Musicians Friend is at

Push: March 25
Live 9: February 18

I guess the rumors and speculations continue. Makes me wonder if they are simply guessing dates to lure people to pre-order? At this rate Bitwig might just make it out before 9 after all…

New Bitwig Video released

Rejoice! A new video of the Bitwig Studio beta has found it’s way out from the team in Germany onto the internet. It is becoming more and more clear that the workflow in Bitwig redefines what ‘nonlinear’ and ‘hybrid’ means in many ways. Take a look at little trick made possible by having both the scene view and the composer view visible at the same time at 0:56. This is doable in other DAWs too, but looks a lot more intuitive this way.

The per-note automation and modulation stuff demos that start around 1:58 also look really awesome.

Finally, another highlight worth mentioning is the ‘detail editor’ (2:54) that is layered to let you edit several tracks at the same time! :)

Personally, the more I see the more impressed I am with this software. I can’t wait to get my hands on it…

No, Bitwig Studio is not Live 9 after all

After the last couple of posts about the relationship between Bitwig Studio (the new non-linear DAW in development by the German startup with the same name) and Ableton Live, I have received word directly from Bitwig that clears the fog further.

Read the original posts here:
1. Bitwig Studio and Ableton Live (9?)
2. Ableton Live and Bitwig (follow up)

Bitwig has told me that:

  • The two DAWs, while somewhat similar on the surface, are two entirely different applications.
  • The two companies have no relationship to each other.
See the quote below:

Bitwig Studio has nothing to do with Live 8 or Live 9 technically or otherwise. Ableton and Bitwig are completely separate companies and Bitwig Studio has been newly developed from ground up using our own framework.

-Bitwig

So what does this mean? Well, for one thing it makes the future DAW landscape even more exciting since we now have both the next version of Live (9 hopefully) and a completely new player on the field to look forward to!

Which software are you most excited about? Holding your breath for Bitwig or keeping your stakes with Live?

Check out this update on Bitwig Studio as well:
One more update on Bitwig Studio (AU and Max/MSP)