Ableton Live 8 and Ableton Suite 8 are out now. Two new instruments, Collision and Latin Percussion, are also available; both are included in Ableton Suite 8.
Features for Live 8 include a new groove engine, revamped warping techniques, live looping, five new effects (including the Ableton Vocoder), crossfades in the Arrangement view, group tracks and a reworked MIDI editor. Ableton Suite 8 includes all that and a sound library, a multitude of instruments, numerous sampled instruments and a new Operator (pictured). Workflow enhancements include real-time crossfades in the Arrangement view, enhanced MIDI editing, group tracks, multiple track selection, a screen magnifier and more.
New in Ableton Suite 8 is a world-class sound library with real-world "Sound Objects," presets, grooves, templates and more than 1,600 sounds; Collision and Corpus (a physical-modeling instrument for authentic mallet sounds and creative percussion); Latin Percussion, a collection of acoustic percussion instruments from the worlds of Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and African music, plus a wide selection of clips and grooves for authentic usage; Operator, Ableton's do-it-all synthesizer, has been given a major overhaul that includes new filter types, more modulation routing options and additive wavetable synthesis with drawable partials; and Sampler, Electric, Tension, Analog, Drum Machines, Session Drums and the Essential Instrument Collection 2 instruments.