Ableton has announced that Live 9 will be released in the first quarter of 2013. A presentation of all features is available now on the new Ableton website.
The most appealing features include the possibility to record automation in Session View, the new Glue compressor, a complete renewal of the EQ Eight equalizer with improved filters, the new user interface of the compressor which represents the audio visuals better than before, a new sound/plug-in browser, Drum-to-MIDI and MIDI to Harmony, which lets you sing song ideas and converts the results into MIDI, and Max for Live is included in the Live 9 Suite now with a nice convolution reverb. In the video below you can watch a few important highlights:
In addition to the improvements in the software, Ableton has developed a new MIDI controller: Push. This MIDI controller is made by Akai and is demonstrated in the video below: