French software company Mixvibes has broken new ground with an announcement of Ableton Link integration on their two softwares, Remixlive and Mixvibes Cross. Link has been adopted by Serato, Traktor, and many iOS apps – but this is the first software that includes support on Android devices. Keep reading for the details.
Remixlive + Cross = Ableton Linkable, Even On Android
Mixvibes recently announced that Remixlive, their loop sequencing application – can now play along their longtime DJ app, Mixvibes Cross. Two separate devices operating on a shared Wi-Fi network can work in tandem, allowing sequencing in Remixlive to be synced with the DJ mix taking place on Cross DJ.
How? Both apps have gained Ableton Link functionality that allows the syncing to take place. From the Mixvibes website:
“Ableton Link is a technology that syncs the beat, phase and tempo of Ableton Live, Cross DJ Pro and any Link-enabled app. You can now send audio from Remixlive to other Audiobus and Inter-App compatible music apps on the same device. It allows you to combine several music apps simultaneously to create unique performances.”
This integration of syncable sequencing presents new possibilities for users of Cross DJ – but even more excitingly, these are the very first apps on Android to be able to connect to an Ableton Link network. This means Android users can now sync these apps with an increasing number of computer and iOS based apps – like Ableton Live, Serato DJ, Traktor Pro 2, and a whole swath of iOS music making apps.
What’s Ableton Link?
According to Ableton’s website, it’s
“a technology that keeps devices in time over a local network, so you can forget the hassle of setting up and focus on playing music. Link is now part of Live, and also comes as a built-in feature of other music applications.”
This decision to allow third-party music apps to build in Ableton Link functionality into their existing software – meaning that it is possible that more DJ software companies will offer Ableton Link integration, further expanding performance possibilities. Ableton even offers development kits for Link to get developers started on software integration.
Who is Mixvibes?
Mixvibes is no stranger to the DJ world. Although not usually included in the traditional listing of DJ software, Mixvibes offers a full-featured DJ software including a digital vinyl system (Mixvibes DVS), extensive MIDI integration, as well as Pioneer CDJ integration. Since their launch in 1999, Mixvibes’ software has been used over 10 million times by DJs and producers.