Watch Ableton Link in Action
Ableton Link is a new protocol announced alongside the new Ableton Push 2 and Ableton 9.5 update, but with all the fanfare surrounding the aforementioned you’d be forgiven for not taking too much notice.
The potential and the far-reaching effects of the Ableton Link technology are substantial.
In a nutshell what Ableton Link is, is a new technology that will sync all devices over a wireless network so that you can play multiple instances of Ableton simultaneously from these various devices all synced to one master clock. The will include selected iOS apps as well as Ableton Live. This will effectively turn your iPhone, iPad and Macbook into genuinely playable instruments – like being in a band baby!!!
The word Live in Ableton Live couldn’t be more true than with the introduction of Ableton Link since genuine live jamming (not that it couldn’t be done before) will now be a totally accessible reality.
Naturally guys have been midi-syncing software (and hardware) to a master clock for some time but Ableton Link, from my understanding, differs in two primary ways…
- It’ll be dead easy to setup and connect wirelessly – like paring two phones on Bluetooth…
- Connecting to mobile devices is all the rage now but there are some very practical benefits to this as well; being able to jam spontaneously and sketch out ideas on the fly conjures up all types of awesomeness.
Several apps will be compatible with Ableton Link and they are inviting developers who want to get involved just contact link.
Watch this video from Elastic Drums demonstrating their unreleased version which will work with Ableton Link; here they sync 3 iOS devices, and show how any one of the devices can be used to control the tempo. Although the video demonstrates mainly the power of the syncing technology and not multiple instruments being played, it’s a good indication of the stability of Ableton Link.
But there’s more…
In this video we see the jam sequencing app triqtraq in action as a sneak preview of the potential that Ableton Link offers. Watch two iPhones and iPad play seamlessly together.
Ableton Link will be available as a free update to Live users soon, but will also be available as a built-in feature of a growing number of iOS apps.
Not convinced yet?
Watch the official Ableton Link video:
Learn more about Link
FREE Workshop: Capetonians can attend an Ableton PUSH 2 & Ableton 9.5 workshop at Red Revenge on Sat 7 November.
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This info was sourced from Ask.Audio