Do packs get updated ?

Bit of a strange one, more of a curiosity/query than a issue !

I notice that the packs all have version numbers at the end ( e.g. the latest free pack being BeatSelectionbySampleMagic_r32199_v1.0.alp ). This suggests that there may possibly be newer versions released in the future. Is this the case and if so, what are the differences between versions of packs? Are there more samples, tweaks to the macro controllers where applicable ?

Plus is there anyway of finding out if there are any newer versions of packs other than just manually comparing the filenames on the website with my backed up .alp collection ?



mcbpete 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • [daw] Ableton staff
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    Hi there,

    Quickly jumping in with a somewhat official statement on pack updates. 

    In theory, there simply are no pack updates, and this holds true for almost all of our packs.

    If something does change within a pack, it is most likely of a cosmetic nature, like the change of text or pictures within a lesson for example. 

    So generally speaking, there is no need to keep track of version numbers for Packs, as the minor cosmetic updates to them do not justify all our users constantly downloading them again. 

    However, if a pack update comes with a change to the content or fixes a bug, we will let affected users know. 

    Hope this helps, 


    1 year ago | 1 comment
  • BBT
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    yes.  i had to reinstall max for live essentials pack, to get added synths as it was not included with the max 7 update.  its really easy to miss this.

    6 months ago | 1 comment
  • mcbpete
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    As an update: I notice Ableton's Drum Machines pack is currently r30690_v9.0 whereas the version I downloaded at the start of the year is r30569_v9.0. They're both v9 but have a different 'r' number (whatever that relates to), would there be any difference ?

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • monkeytrix
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    Thank you Pete, for asking this question.

    I go through far too much manual comparison keeping up with Live's library because of this. I know for a fact that updates do matter in many cases, but I only find out about it when there is a problem. Ex: "Download the latest update" and it will fix it.

    I am always so frustrated that I was not informed in any way that there was an update to begin with.

    they don't even bother to list a version number next to the download on their site.

    Ableton really needs to see the importance in being proactive about this rather than just constantly putting out fires. 

    I also use 2 other popular DAWs and neither of them require the manual labor that Live does. 

    This is just one example.


    Thanks again, Lets hope for a response ...or better yet, a fix.


    1 year ago | 0 comments

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