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With Ableton Live collaborating with musicians has just got a whole lot easier with the beta launch of Link.

Collaboration has been the cornerstone of making music for centuries – but with proliferation of DAWs, what once involved being face-to-face in the same studio has slowly been watered down to the point where musicians simply just share project files across the world working individually.

Launched today in beta form, Link lets users play electronic instruments together with the freedom of a live band, and without the hassle of MIDI setup.

Just switch it on, connect to the same network and start playing. Anyone can start and stop their part while others keep playing. And anyone can adjust the tempo and the rest will follow.

Link works by syncing devices’ beat and tempo over a wireless network. It comes built into the latest Live beta update and will soon be available in a growing number of iOS apps, so you can use Link to play with several copies of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or with iOS apps together – even without Live in your setup.

The implications for bands, duos, collectives and ghost producers could be massive.

Join the beta here.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.