Ableton Releases Ableton Live 1.0
Ableton – a German software development company – released the first version of their Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), Ableton Live 1.0, in 2001. The program is known for its complex audio analysis algorithms – which allow for vast manipulations in pitch and time-stretching at relatively little loss to formant quality and bit-depth – as well as its dual capacity to be used for both studio recording and live performance. Ableton seamlessly integrates studio recordings into a modular arrangement interface that allows for complex re-combinations of audio samples, MIDI instruments and sequences, and light/video commands. Due to this elaborate combination of capabilities, Ableton has become a staple piece of recording software, especially for artists with whom sampling is a common part of their work.