Oh, yeah, and Live 9 also has a new "disco" color scheme skin, if you like.

Oh, yeah, and Live 9 also has a new “disco” color scheme skin, if you like. Photo (CC-BY) Andrew Malone.

One of the tough things about reviewing software is that your own experience is intensely personal. So, I’ve regularly reviewed software and gotten an angry response from someone who didn’t understand why I didn’t comment on a particular stability experience they had found.

Those readers are right to be frustrated, but I can tell you that it software experiences are highly variable.

So, I do know that some people found some issues with Live 9’s newest features. None of it is so out of the ordinary for this kind of upgrade. A big culprit: the new smart browser indexing features. In particular, many users found that larger libraries were very slow to load, particularly on OS X. Worse, because of the way Live indexes files, these could cause degraded audio performance when you first opened a session.

Live 9.0.3 includes a number of improvements, but based on feedback I’ve gotten, I suspect these indexing optimizations will be the most important. Specifically:

The performance of the Ableton Index process has been improved, especially on OS X.
The Ableton Index process would sometimes not scan all folders after adding them to the sidebar.
The Ableton Index process could block the GUI during saving and exporting of Live sets, presets or clips.
Scanning folders containing a huge amount of files could take longer than necessary.

I don’t have a very big Library, so I couldn’t test this easily. If you were one of the people having trouble, I’d love to hear from you as you try this fix.

Also worth looking at, Live now gives you a choice at how you trigger new clip recording, which looks useful:

Added a new option to the “Record/Warp/Launch” preferences pane: “Start Transport with Record”. If activated, the transport will start immediately when clicking on the Session- or Arrangement-Record buttons. If deactivated, it prepares for recording as in Live 8, so you have to launch a clip in Session View or click the ‘Play’ button. You can hold down the Shift modifier key when clicking on the record buttons to invert the behavior temporarily.

KVR has the news.

Update: unfortunately, as I write this, 9.0.3 is temporarily unavailable. We’ll update you when it is again available. These should be the changes you can expect when it does become accessible, though.

  • angstrom

    The “start transport with record” option is just so it works like Live 8 again. This was changed in L9.01 record always insta-started the transport, catching many people out. this version fixes that. Now they just need to make the browser less authoritarian and more functional, and provide an option to hard-snap midi, and perhaps I could use L9.

  • bassling

    How about the pen tool? Have that returned that? Sure, I now know the shortcut but for a little while I thought I’d lost my mind. That ‘insta-starting’ also caught me by surprise.

    I guess this is a challenge for companies, adding more features while not upsetting workflows. I think they could learn from Facebook, who know you can sneak a lot of stuff around the edges but cop scorn if you make major design changes to the interface. Gmail could learn a thing or two, judging by recent resentment.

  • David

    9.0.3 was broken, that’s why it was removed. It’s mildly unsettling that we’re still at this point after months of beta. It’s like they draw fixes and features out of a hat every month.

    Meanwhile, don’t forget to vote.

  • audio pervert

    There are major issues with Live 9 and Max for Live ( Especially while using Jitter plug ins ). Often Live crashes when changes are being made inside the Max Editor. Shame !

  • shim

    hey ableton your beta testers are useless and/or you guys are bending to marketing and rushing to market. getting REALLY tired of this crap.

    HEY bitwig, you listening?

  • shim

    i would also like to know who is in charge of rendering color for the live GUI. clearly ableton has seen the new trend to pretty up DAWs and clearly they are trying to improve the grey industrial carpet look of live but guys, can you research complementary color?