Ableton announces a new range of instruments custom-made for Live by the company's sound partners; the new instruments are now available.
The range of sounds includes sampled grand pianos, Balinese gamelan, EBow guitar, boutique vintage synthesizers, found objects, acoustic and electronic percussion, atmospheres and soundscapes. All partner instruments work with Suite 8, Live 8 or Live Intro, and many of them are exclusive to Ableton Live.
The partner instruments are integrated into Ableton Live. Most of the instruments use Live's Rack format, with the eight Macro controls mapped to provide top-level control for immediate tweakability. Within the Racks, carefully selected Ableton effects provide additional sound-design options. This tight integration also means that the partner instruments all provide instant mapping to controller hardware.
Partners include Puremagnetik, e-instruments, SonArte, Sample Logic, Toontrack, Soniccouture and Flatpack.