Ableton Live 7 Announced - Release Date Before the End of 2007
Video of Ableton Live 7 New Features Preview from AES NY 2007

Video Shows a Glimpse of Ableton Live 7 and the New Drum Rack

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The new Drum Rack goes WAY beyond Impulse. It combines beat slicing and midi-automapping of slices (like Fruity Slicer or pHATmatik PRO) with kit building. It also supports REX files. It has a great system for supporting multiple grouping of pads (looks like in groups of 16). There is a vertical scroll-bar interface that allows you to "focus" on sets of pads. The set that is in focus automatically maps to your controller - awesome.

Ableton has posted a video to it's web site that illustrates all this and a lot more. It's not on YouTube yet, but if you go here http://www.ableton.com/live-7-whats-new, then scroll down the page till you get to the section Introducing the New Drum Rack.

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