Ableton has announced that Link, its new technology for playing in time together, is now available in Live 9.6 – a free update to Live 9.

What is Link?

Playing electronic instruments in time together has never been easy. Now Link is here: a technology that makes it effortless. Link synchronizes beat, phase, and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection. It means you can forget the hassle of MIDI setup, hop on to a local network, and play multiple devices together with the freedom of a live band.

How Does Link Work?

Setting up is instant: just switch on Link, connect to the same network, and start jamming. Anyone can start and stop their part while others keep playing. And anyone can adjust the tempo and the rest will follow.

Link works between several instances of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or even without Live in your setup: using Link-enabled apps on multiple devices or multiple apps on the same device.

More about how Link works

Pricing and Availability

Link is now a built-in feature of Live 9.6, a free update that Live 9 users can download now.

Link is also now available in a number of iOS apps – pricing of apps varies. To check out which apps already have Link built in, head to the Ableton site.

For more info on the Live 9.6 update, which includes improvements and updates to both Push 1 and Push 2, check out the release notes.

Build Link Into Your App

Ableton is sharing the Link SDK for free. If you’re an app developer who’s interested in joining the band of music-making apps that have Link built in, get in touch with  link-devs@ableton.com.

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