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New version of Ableton Live on the way

Ableton Live have unveiled version 7 of their award winning software with a feature list as long as your arm. A big plus for DJs mixing it up with Live is the new Nudge function. This will enable users to push Live's sequence forward or backwards, just like a record, to get it in sync with the decks. Compressors, gates and filters now accept side-chaining inputs, multiple visible automation lanes and a reworked audio engine that promises to sound much better. Unlike Logic Pro, there's no price drop for Live 7. The download version will be £299 (£347 boxed see Ableton.com ), and there's a stack of optional instrument suites starting at £89 including Tension, Analogue and Electric.