Ableton Live 9.0.3 Update

The latest update of Ableton Live 9 was released yesterday. Besides the usual bug fixes and improvements, it also adds a new feature, new control surfaces and a new skin.

EDIT: Ableton have removed the update again for now to make some final changes. It should be up again next week.

Improvements and feature changes in Live 9.0.3:

  • Added a new skin: "Disco".
  • Added a new option to the "Record/Warp/Launch" preferences pane: "Start Transport with Record" (I explained it already in this post).
  • When recording automation on top of an existing automation envelope, and quickly clicking on different positions in parameters like sliders, X/Y pads, etc., Live now records a latching automation envelope instead of jumping back to the previous value.
  • The Compressor device does not clip input signals at +20 dB anymore.
  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey series.
  • Added control surface support for M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32.
  • Added a user satisfaction survey. After several hours of usage, Live will ask you to rate the software on the next startup. You can submit a star rating or simply dismiss the survey.
  • Updated manual, lessons and translations.

The New Disco Skin

As long as you have the automatic updates turned on under Preferences > Licenses/Maintenance, the update will be downloaded when Live is started. The previous version will keep running until Live is quit. The updated version will be launched automatically the next time Live is started. Otherwise you can get the latest version in your user account.

I like the new skin and so far prefer it to the default (although I tend to use my own). What do you think of it?

By |2017-02-02T20:20:44+00:00April 19th, 2013|News|3 Comments

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Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.


  1. Psycho April 28, 2013 at 18:31 - Reply

    I was just admiring the look of IRCAMAX devices and wondering when Ableton might make a nice looking dark skin and then saw your blog. Great news! I like it.

    • Madeleine April 29, 2013 at 12:13 - Reply

      There are more dark and other skins here in the Freebies section as well.

  2. Psycho April 29, 2013 at 14:49 - Reply

    Great, thanks! I hadn’t even thought of looking for downloadable skins. All it needs now is WASAPI support and I’ll be able to get the 64 bit version. (Digidesign/Avid still haven’t made 64 bit ASIO drivers for the Mbox2 Pro and I stopped using their software years ago in favour of Ableton as I like to get things done quickly and not spend hours setting up a project then wondering why it doesn’t work. Our album was recorded, mixed and mastered entirely in Live 7 and Live 8.)

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