Ableton have announced that the latest version of Live (that’s Ableton Live 9.1) can be used on networked computers using Sassafras KeyServer.
“With the release of Live 9.1, Ableton will introduce support for authorizing Live via Sassafras KeyServer in a networked environment,” said a post on their blog.
“Contrary to Live’s default ‘node-locked’ authorization system that fixes each installation to a specific computer, utilizing KeyServer allows for the ‘concurrent’ use of Live on networked computers. This is especially useful in institutional computer labs, for instance.”
What does that mean? Well, if you have five licences of Ableton and 15 computers in your lab, you’ll now be able to use Ableton on any of the 15, rather than just the five that they were originally installed on, as was previously the case. This means that students aren’t locked to one machine anymore – they can access their Ableton files from any machine in the lab at any time, which is great for anyone who wants to use the lab between lessons, or smaller schools where you may need to have two groups using the labs for different reasons at the same time.