Lets face it, Ableton's full monty no holds barred version of their software is hardly cheap at full RRP. Just the amount of creative potential it puts at its users fingertips is enough to see how it could realistically shape the future of DJing into a more of a real time production and remix type of performance workflow dynamic. Generally though unless you'd managed to bank roll off the back off connected interests or just had the money in general to buy it there's not much chance of most people actually purchasing it as a piece of software. But of course why would you not actually pay for it if you could afford to in there sense of being able to pull in 20 to 40G's or more a year? But for most the reality is pirating it is the only way they'll be able to actually get to use something like Ableton in a relatively unadulterated form for long term use. Unless that is they'd managed to wangle it for less via Ableton's educational purpose discount.

Copy - Paste? ( pas possible ...its hardware)
But no more! It seems they've been reading to have now formulated a solution. The solution? Release a pro grade "one to one" controller for their software themselves with version 9. So now full price buyers get a high quality physical controller thrown in to the deal instead of just another update of the software for the same money. However the inclusion of a hardware controller is not the only development as there have been actual changes in the layout with increased ability to customise it. 

What also stood out was the new ability to automate control parameter changes over a set time frame within specific clips, whether that be applied to instruments or FX modules that transform the musicality of sounds with the individual clips or groups of clips. Previously it was only possible to apply automations in such a way to MIDI instruments. There was now also the ability to stream line assigned and recorded MIDI parameter change data by allowing the assignment of curves in place of the more mechanical like sequenced/recorded plotted value change which would potentially even further decrease CPU overhead. If you think about that being spread across a full work space with many clips running simultaneously that might have individual automated instruments. samples and FX parameters assigned to them, that does in fact add up to a lot of processor load that could potentially be eliminated. 

Since Ableton was released many hardware manufacturers have been raking in all the money making through specialised instruments and controllers for Ableton whilst Ableton's cut had pretty much fallen down by the wayside. Does this mean that they'll be cutting out the less fortunate? No not really, since the software will still persist as it did before and there are numerous other Ableton controllers by reputable manufacturers that retail at a fraction of the price that Ableton's controller retails at. There's also obviously other MIDI controllers that will roughly cost the same too. Plus there also still the option to use Ableton without any type of controller at all, however lame that might actually be.

Strangely though despite the fact that Ableton's very own Ableton controller carries nothing but the Ableton brand on it, it is in fact actually manufactured by Akai, a name synonymous with reputable industry recognition on the audio production hardware pressure sensitive trigger pad sampler front. You might even think of Akai's APC Ableton controller range too. However the Ableton controller has been specifically designed by Ableton themselves in conjunction with Akai as a "one to one" layout to pretty much as close to mirror the Ableton work space as possible. So whether you use it as a midi instrument or controller designed for Ableton you can at least be certain that it is of tried and trusted industry pedigree that should feel native to the software and feel very intuitive to use whether as a competent standalone device or in conjunction with other midi instruments and controllers. More official press snaps and details here.