It’s only fair to say that Link has very quickly established a strong foothold in the iOS world, and has of course had a desktop presence from day one with Live. But the big question was always whether or not other desktop DAWs would take it on.
Now that’s happened with Reason. Here’s what Propellerheads say about it:
“Reason is the first third party DAW to add support for Ableton’s Link technology. Users of Reason 9.1 can effortlessly sync their music making apps across WiFi, and Link will keep all apps in tempo and time. Drop in or out of the Link at any time. Change tempo on one device and all the Linked apps follow suit.
Use the Link enabled Reason for Jam sessions with friends using Ableton Live or other Link enabled apps on desktop or mobile. Or use Link to record the sound of your favorite iOS apps to your Reason tracks in perfect sync.
How to use Link
Using Link is a breeze. Reason 9.1 adds Ableton Link as a new sync mode that you enable from the transport panel. You’ll see how many other Links are available and a graph will show timing information. When you hit play in Reason, it will start playing in sync on the next downbeat. When you stop, all other apps will keep playing. There is no sync master.
Reason 9.1 is a free update for owners of Reason 9. To update Reason 9, simply download it from Reason’s auto updater that will detect the update on launch.”
Make now mistake that this is massive, truly massive, and I hope that it isn’t the last. Quite frankly I think that we should see all DAWs take on Link, and I’d like to see some Android love for Link too.
What’s more, it’s great to see Jakob in there doing his thing!
It’s a huge update in version 2.1 with all the stuff that you’d expect to find from apeSoft. Here’s the big list:
- Ableton Link in integration, find out more about Link at http://ableton.com/link
- New SYNC for LFO and Sequencer
- New UI iPad/iPhone restyle
- New Dynamics Compressor/Expander
- New iCloud Drive and Document Picker for Presets and Files
- MIDI Clock improved
- Improved Toggle Interaction
- Audiobus latest SDK update
- Midibus 1.35
- New 88.2 and 96 kHz Sampling Rate support
- Bluetooth Audio IO support
- Bluetooth MIDI LE Support
- Added Preset Manager ‘Open In…’ Support
- Added Preset Manager ‘Sends the audio files used from the Bank’
- Added File Manager ‘Send E-Mail’ Support
- AudioShare support
- Audio Engine Optimisation
- Bugs fixed
- iPad Pro compatibility fixed
- iPhone Landscape Left/Right
Here’s what’s new in Remixlive …
- Ableton Link: jam in sync with other Link-compatible apps (Cross DJ Pro, another Remixlive, Ableton Live, etc.).
- New Essential FX pack: buy 4 FX and save 50% off their individual price.
- Record external audio from any iOS-compatible microphone or sound card into Remixlive.
- Improved sample collection: rename, delete & search any sample in your collection.
- Delete any factory sample pack and restore it through the in-app store.
- New info tab that displays sample’s instrument, BPM, beats, key & more.
Which is great news for DM1 owners on iPhone or iPad!
e-l-s-a gets a big update in version 1.7. Here’s what’s new:
- New logo.
- Adding anti click setting.
- Adding keyboard hold function.
- Adding bit crush rounding setting.
- Adding bit crush wet setting.
- Improving filter.
- Adding filter wet setting.
- Improving multi touch experience.
- Adding info labels.
- Updating in app help.
- Adding Ableton Link support.
- Fixing midi channel save bug
Thought I’d mention this as GMS is on sale right now too, so it’s a great time to grab this app.
Although there haven’t been hordes of new apps implementing Ableton’s Link technology you might want to have a quick look to see if there’s anything you’ve missed so far. So do take a look in the page with apps that support Ableton’s Link technology.
“This video demonstrates how to use Studiomux and Ableton Live to directly record your audio in Ableton Live via Lightning cable”
Video published by Oliver Greschke.
Apps used …
Ableton Link: https://www.ableton.com/de/link/
Apps in the Musik App Manufaktur alliance:
If you haven’t tried out Ableton’s Link technology as yet, then watch this and see just what you can do with it. Here it’s being used in Blocs, a thing I think is amazing in itself, and having worked with Blocs last week I know just how amazing it is going to get.
“Performance with iPad Air 2 and iPad 2 with Blocs Wave by Novation trying new Ableton Link support!
What do you think? =)”
Video published by Matteo Cozza.
Blocs Wave on the app store:
Also check out my page on other Link enabled apps