updated 05:45 pm EDT, Thu July 5, 2012
Compatible with Windows Vista or OS X 10.5 and newer
Venerable audio software producer Ableton has unveiled beta releaseversion 8.4 for Ableton Live 8. The new release features native 64-bit support, allowing for the use of more than 4GB of RAM with the application. The beta release is available now, and the full release will be available later for free for registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro, or Live Lite 8 users.
The upgrade allows work with Live Sets that are much larger and require more RAM than than in the 32-bit version concurrently. All 64-bit plugins may be used with the upgrade, but existing 32-bit plugins are incompatible with the upgrade without use of an additional third-party tool. The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge.
The new 64-bit version of Live is compatible with 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. For the Mac, OS X 10.5 or greater is required, with any Intel Core 2 Duo processor or newer. The beta release is available from the Ableton website, and can be installed in parallel with the 32-bit version.