With Propellerhead’s first update to their new version 9 of Reason they’ve decided to support Ableton Link. This gives an elegantly simple way to sync together music software running of different computers.
Ableton first introduced their Ableton Link protocol as a way of syncing together their iOS Apps with Ableton Live running on a desktop OS. It’s now been widely adopted by all sorts of tempo sensitive apps so that they can all benefit from the same sort of synchronisation. With Reason 9.1 this is first time another desktop DAW has got into the action. The reality is that you could have Live running on your PC laptop and your mate comes round with his Macbook running Reason and you have to two running together perfectly in sync with Ableton Link.
All that Ableton Link requires is a network connection – wired or wireless. It scans the network for other devices running the protocol and links them all up – easy. There other network sync possibilities but they usually require messing around with installing server and client software and dicking around with IP addresses and wotnot. The beauty of Ableton Link is that it just works.
It will be interesting to see if Ableton Link makes it onto other desktop DAWs. Every once in a while something comes along that’s too good to keep as proprietary. The VST plug-in protocol and Propellerheads own Rewire spring to mind. However, Rewire only worked on one computer, this is all about getting lots of computers playing together.
The video below perfectly sums up the potential for this little bit of connection. Is there anything else new in the this update? Don’t know, they don’t say and I don’t care.
Reason 9.1 including Ableton Link is a free update to all users. More information on the Propellerhead website.