There’s a new line of instruments, custom-made for Live by Ableton’s favorite sound partners. These new partner instruments are available now at the Ableton web shop (http://www.ableton.com/partner-instruments).
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 completely integrated into Ableton Live, which makes for a smooth workflow and familiar controls. Most of the instruments use Live’s Rack format, with the eight Macro Controls carefully mapped to provide 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.
Some of the sound design teams behind these instruments are long-standing Ableton partners — Puremagnetik, e-instruments and SonArte have all provided sounds for Live’s Library. The “new” partners — Sample Logic, Toontrack, Soniccouture and Flatpack–may already be familiar names to many Live users.