The two companies will tie the knot after a decade of collaborating.
The two companies have worked closely since the late 2000s, when they began work on Max for Live. They launched the collaborative software—which puts Max's modular possibilities inside of the Ableton Live DAW—in 2009. It has since become a built-in feature, and many of Ableton's instruments and effects are now built with Max for Live.
Today Ableton announced that they have officially acquired the California-based Cycling '74, according to a Create Digital Music exclusive. For now there won't be any noticeable changes to the products or the structure of the company, says Cycling '74 founder David Zicarelli. The idea behind the acquisition is that it will allow the two companies to work in a more coordinated fashion moving forward.
"It's about the continuation of Cycling as it has always been—the same people, products, customers, vision, and so forth," Zicarelli told Create Digital Music. "But it makes it easier to essentially be on the same side as Ableton in anything that we do together. From the perspective of anyone dealing with Cycling '74, I can't imagine that anything really changes."