Able­ton ac­quire Cycling ’74

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Able­ton and Cycling ’74 go back a long way. In fact, when Live was be­ing cre­ated back in the ’90s, the lat­ter com­pany’s Max soft­ware was used in the early stages of the devel­op­ment process. Since then, we’ve had the launch of Max for Live, which has led to the cre­ation of all kinds of in­stru­ments and de­vices for Able­ton’s DAW.

The news that Able­ton has ac­quired the de­vel­oper of Max, then, doesn’t come as a huge sur­prise. We’re told that this is very much a part­ner­ship agree­ment, with the two com­pa­nies still op­er­at­ing as sep­a­rate and in­de­pen­dently run en­ti­ties. But a state­ment on Able­ton’s web­site adds that “in­vest­ment in Cycling ‘74’s unique prod­uct vi­sion will see Max devel­op­ment con­tinue in­def­i­nitely while cre­at­ing an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to join forces in the spirit of shared re­search, ex­plo­ration and in­no­va­tion.”

All of which sounds great, but for now, cus­tomers of both com­pa­nies won’t no­tice any change. Live and Max for Live li­censes will con­tinue to be looked af­ter by Able­ton, and if you own Max, you will con­tinue to have a li­cens­ing agree­ment with Cycling ’74, who’ll also pro­vide sup­port.

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