Live 9 Release Notes

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9.7 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • New Simpler Slicing modes (Beat, Region, Manual) are now available.
  • As a consequence of the new Simpler features, Live Sets created with this version cannot be opened with previous versions anymore.
  • The beat time of connected apps in a Link session will be aligned when starting Live’s playback with Tap Tempo or via Looper.
  • Updated manual, lessons and info text translations.

Bugfixes:

  • Live would crash when canceling a freeze action, if this was performed on a previously frozen and flattened Clip.
  • Live would crash at startup if the preferences were corrupted.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the 'x2', ':2', or "Warp As" controls in Simpler, if there was no sample present.
  • Fixed a crash which might occur when creating a time selection on Group tracks in Arrangement View.
  • Live would crash when exporting a MIDI file on Windows.
  • Live would crash when converting a Simpler to a Drum Rack if certain Control Surfaces were enabled.
  • When resizing the left edge of a frozen Clip to the left, audio would still begin playback from the Clip’s former start position.
  • When converting Simpler to Sampler, the Sample Start marker would be visually misplaced.
  • The signal of send for grouped tracks would be doubled (+6dB), if the track's output was routed to Master and the respective Return track ‘Pre/Post’ toggle was set to Pre.
  • When dragging unwarped Clips over the section of a song where the tempo was automated from a low value to a higher one, Clips stored in the clipboard would appear after the dragged Clip.
  • When running Live as a ReWire slave on a Mac, it would consume 100% of the CPU load after launching Live as a slave for the second time.
  • Converting an Audio Clip from Looper to MIDI would cause the Clip to assume a grey color.
  • When resizing a Clip past its limit, the dragged edge would behave erratically when it was not on a grid position or when the grid was disabled with a modifier.
  • When resizing Live horizontally, the positioning of Max Device windows would not adjust correctly.
  • When exporting audio from Looper, the resulting Clips would inherit the wrong color.
  • Live might run into issues when writing files to disk on Windows, if the file path contained non standard unicode characters.
  • Using 3 APC 40 units in ‘Combination Mode’ would cause LEDs on the APCs to flash erratically.
  • Some audio clips from the Core Library would open in the wrong tempo.

Changes for Push:

  • The new Simpler Slicing modes are available on Push 1 and 2.
  • It is now possible to set the color for Tracks, Clips and Drum Rack pads from Push 2.
  • It is now possible to adjust the Input and Output routing and the Monitoring state from Push 2. This is accessible via Track Mix Mode, where a dedicated ‘Input & Output’ button is added.
  • Introduced a third layout for Drum Racks and Simpler’s Slicing mode, which enables triggering the currently selected pad / Slice with 16 pre-defined velocities. This works for both Push 1 and 2.
  • When transport is active, a progress bar on the Push 2 display indicates the playback phase for each of the currently playing Clips.
  • Added a visual feedback for the count-in on the Push 2 display.
  • The Push Record button now takes into account Live’s focus on Arrangement and Session View. If the focus is on Arrangement View, the Session Record button will trigger Global Recording, while the Shift + Record button will trigger / stop Session Recording. The logic is reversed when focused on Session View.
  • Session Record and Arrangement Record are now independent from each other.
  • By default, Fixed Length now respects the Launch Quantization setting. Its previous behavior can be toggled on via the ‘Phrase Sync’ option in the Fixed Length menu. This works with Push 1 and 2.
  • Different sensitivities are in place for the Push 2 pad matrix, depending on the function of the pads in the current layout. This is specifically aimed at avoiding inadvertently changing the loop selector while playing Drum Rack pads.
  • It is now possible to delete the currently selected Clip in Arrangement via Push.
  • It is now possible to duplicate Clips in Arrangement from Push.
  • When the focus is set to Arrangement View, 'New' is not available on Push anymore.
  • Improved the matching between pad and display colors on Push 2.
  • Improved the matching between Live and Push 2 colors.
  • On Push 2, the color white in Live is translated as yellow, since white is used to indicate selection.
  • The intensity of the LEDs on in the lower display buttons has been dimmed for Push 2, to create more contrast against the currently selected track.
  • Improved the performance when moving the Session Ring horizontally with Push.
  • Minor visual improvement for the ‘Cancel’ button in the ‘Convert’ menu or when entering the browser via ‘Add Track’. Additionally, the ‘Close’ button has been removed from the ‘Scales’ menu. Push 2 only.
  • On Push 2 display, Simpler’s playhead and loop markers are now the same height as the loop indicator.
  • Flag markers for Simpler and Audio Clips are now properly outlined on the Push 2 display.
  • The fade-in and fade-out visuals on Simpler are now represented differently from Loops on Push 2.
  • Page Left/Right buttons are now available in the Step Sequencer for Simpler in Slice mode.
  • The Push 2 firmware has been updated to 1.0.60. This version allows to automatically adjusts the LED white balance for units produced in the factory from November 2015. Also, this delivers a new pad algorithm that improves the sensitivity of Push pads when playing with wrist pressure. It also contains a fix for cases where Push 2 buttons might double-trigger, and improves the stability of the MIDI data sent from the Push encoders.

Push Bugfixes:

  • When recording multiple clips at the same time, triggering one clip would cause also the other ones to stop recording.
  • Live would crash when enabling the Push 2 Control Surface script on some systems. As a result of the fix, some display functions of Push 2 still won't work. Improved the error logging to find out more about this issue.
  • The Push 2 display process would not start on Windows, if non-standard unicode characters were contained in the user profile name.
  • When muting or unmuting a track while in Mix Mode with Push 2, the state color of the track's meters would only update if its peak level changed.
  • Pressing Record on Push would stop a Clip if the Clip Launch Mode was set to "Toggle".
  • When changing Layout, the Step Sequencer page would reset.
  • The step sequencers might malfunction when odd time signatures were in use.
  • When step-sequencing a Clip in Arrangement View, the playhead would not be shown on Push 2.
  • When a Drum Rack or Instrument Rack was frozen, it was still possible to edit the Chain's mix parameters.
  • If the selected Clip was in Arrangement View, Push 2 would not display its content in Clip View.
  • The Clip length would not be displayed in Clip View, when performing a recording with Fixed Length.

9.6.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • The ‘Link’ icon in Live's main UI now behaves like a button, toggling the Link feature on and off. This button only appears if Link is enabled in the Preferences.
  • The ‘EXT’ button is no longer hidden when the Link button is shown.
  • Enabling the ‘Link’ toggle disables ‘EXT’ and vice versa. Loading a new Set disables Link.
  • Improved the responsiveness of the Tuner device.
  • Updated the Live manual and a number of lessons and info texts.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug which caused Live to hang when loading certain Live Sets.
  • When duplicating a track, Clip modulation would not play back for the newly created track.
  • When triggering a recording with count-in enabled, Simpler could start playing back Warped samples from the wrong position.
  • Live could crash when loading a Live Set where the 'EXT' button is saved as active, if Link was enabled in the preferences.
  • Fixed a rare crash which could occur when using Complex or Pro Warp modes.
  • If the End Marker of a Clip preceded the Loop End Marker and Clip Loop was on, recording this Clip in arrangement could lead to a wrong result.
  • Operator's 'Shaper Drive' and 'Shaper Dry/Wet' would expose the wrong parameter name when mapped to Macros.
  • Vinyl Distortion would not report its latency to Live, thus would not be correctly compensated.
  • Fixed a bug in Max for Live which prevented 'fold_state' and devices in Drum Rack Chains from being declared.
  • The APC 40 Session Ring would reset to the top left of Live's Session View when adding or removing another Control Surface.
  • The Session Ring would be displayed when selecting certain Control Surfaces, even if no valid input and output MIDI ports were enabled in the respective Control Surfaces menus.
  • The Launchpad Pro User mode would not send MIDI notes into tracks anymore.

Changes for Push:

  • Push 2 Firmware update v 0.51: introduces an improvement for potentiometers, to prevent jitter due to electrical noise.
  • In Session mode, holding duplicate allows copying and pasting a Clip to a Clip Slot of choice.
  • In the melodic step sequencer, stepped automation is now linked to note length.
  • It is now possible to convert an audio clip to a new drum rack pad on Push 2.
  • When converting an audio Clip to Simpler, the device chain content is now copied from the original track to the destination track.
  • In the Drum Rack Step Sequencer, it is now possible to copy and paste a step into a different part of the Clip for Push 1 and 2.
  • It is now possible to copy and paste notes across pitches in the Melodic Step Sequencer for Push 1 and 2.
  • When Simpler is in One Shot mode, the ‘Gain’ parameter is now available in place of Volume.
  • In both the melodic and Drum Rack step sequencer, note length can now be adjusted via the pads, by holding the pad where the step exists, and one pad at its right.
  • When moving the Session Ring with the ‘Page’ and ‘Octave’ buttons from Push 2, an absolute offset of 8 will now be used in all cases.
  • Scales Layout settings are now also stored within a Live Set.
  • When using Simpler in Slicing mode, holding 'Delete' and pressing a Slice will remove all its steps in the currently selected Clip, if any exist.
  • In addition to that, holding 'Quantize' and pressing a Slice will quantize all the events for that Slice.
  • When cycling through Layouts with Push 2, a notification is now declaring the current mode of operation of the pads.
  • Count-in would be ignored when a recording was triggered via Push, in cases where a Clip was already active.
  • Previously, ‘Fixed Length’ would be ignored if the recording of a Clip was triggered by pressing a pad as opposed to pressing the Record button.
  • Under certain circumstances, the Push 2 display could go blank when selecting a track containing Simpler, if a really long sample was loaded into that device.
  • Disabling 'Warp' would cause the zoom in Simpler to jump to an unusual zoom level on the Push 2 display.
  • The master meter on Push 2 would not turn entirely red, as it does in Live, when the signal was clipping.
  • Display brightness settings would not be restored correctly on Push 2 after power cycling the device.
  • When a Group Track is selected, using 'Add Track' to add an instrument would lead to unexpected results.
  • If 'Accent' was enabled, changing any of the Note Settings in the step sequencer would cause the velocity for this step to jump to 127.
  • When dragging a sample from an audio track into Simpler from Live, Push 2 would erroneously still display the audio Clip view, even if the track containing Simpler was selected.
  • After a Drum Rack pad containing Simpler is selected, Device Mode would still display its controls upon selecting a different track.
  • When Simpler was set to Slicing mode and its Playback Mode was 'Mono', ‘Repeat’ would not behave correctly.
  • Under certain circumstances, the ‘Convert’ button was not available for audio Clips.
  • When controlling Multiband Compressor with Push 1, the 'Below Threshold' parameter would not be available anymore for the Mid Band.

  • When browsing the Drums category, the empty Drum Rack icon would incorrectly display as a folder.

9.6.1 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Reduced CPU peak loads when launching, stopping or scrubbing clips, when clicking the "Back to Arrangement" button, when editing a running clip.
  • Improved CPU spikes caused by external MIDI inputs on OSX.
  • Improved the reliability and priority of the audio thread when using ASIO drivers. This contributes a noticeable performance improvement and fixes a few cases where Live would drop out when using certain audio interfaces.
  • Improved the performance of Ableton Devices on Windows.

Bugfixes:

  • Live could crash when exporting audio or freezing, if Simpler contained a very long audio file.
  • Live would crash when performing 'Undo' after dragging a sample onto Simpler's breakout view.
  • Occasionally, the grid lines for certain devices (e.g the Frequency Display in EQ Eight, the Bandpass Display in Overdrive) would not be drawn under the 64-bit version on Windows
  • Reversing an audio Clip twice before the sample analysis completed caused the sample to be greyed out.
  • Certain Audio Unit parameters would show the wrong value in the Device View after instantiation.
  • With audio buffer sizes larger than 512 Samples, values sent by the APC40 and APC40 Mk2 encoders would cause the mapped Live parameters to behave erratically.
  • Device selection would stop working when using Control Surfaces based on User Remote Scripts.
  • Touching the Mod Wheel would stop transport when using the Arturia Keylab Control Surfaces.
  • Under certain circumstances, the Launchpad Pro might not initialize correctly.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented Max for Live devices from grabbing the Launchpad Pro matrix in the available User modes.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented Max for Live devices from grabbing the Launchpad matrix in the available User modes.

Changes for Push:

  • In Drum Racks, it is now possible to transpose the note played by a pad on Push 2.
  • On Push 2, playing clips now pulse in their assigned clip color, instead of green. Recording clips pulse between clip color and red.
  • Device selection is now remembered on a per-pad basis on Push 2.
  • In Mix mode, the track meters now change in color to reflect the state of the track routing / monitoring, as they do in Live on Push 2.
  • Improved the waveform zooming behavior on Push 2 for both Simpler and audio Clip mode.
  • If fades are enabled in Simpler, these will be displayed also on Push 2.
  • The zoom level is now represented graphically, whereas before a numeric value was used.
  • On Push, the active sample region for Simpler would not match the one in Live if ‘Snap’ was enabled.
  • Waveform updates are faster when switching between different Simpler instances.
  • When duplicating an Audio Clip or a Drum Rack pad based on Simpler, the waveform visualization of the copied item would not be preserved.
  • Improved performance when scrolling vertically in Session View with Push 2.
  • In a context of hotswapping presets, the "Load" feature in the Push 2 browser is set by default on "Load Next". In the former case, all drum pads will start pulsing white as long as the browser is open, whereas for hot-swapping a single pad, that pad is pulsing.
  • Added a "Load previous" in the Push 2 browser.
  • It is now possible to load a device faster from Push 2, without needing to enter its folder.
  • Previously, 'Press Browse to load a sample' would be erroneously displayed also when focused on Return or Master tracks.
  • It is now possible to use "Warp as x bars" also while the sample is not warped yet.
  • In Simpler, Waveform Slice points and Start, End flags displayed the wrong color when switching between tracks of different color.
  • Scale Layouts are now available for Push 2 as well. Furthermore, the 'Sequent^' and 'Sequent>' Scale Layouts have been improved.
  • The Push 2 Firmware is upgraded to version 1.0.49. This is a maintenance update.
  • When switching from Live mode to User mode, the LED state for mapped pads/buttons would not be recalled properly.
  • Push would display a wrong Clip length when using time signatures other than 4/4.
  • Under certain circumstances the channel meters would not be displayed when switching between Track Mix Mode and Global Mix Mode on Push
  • Previously, it was not possible to delete Return tracks from Push 1 and 2.
  • Push 1 would become unresponsive after performing 'Slice to Drum Rack'.
  • Device selection would not be remembered by Push 2 for Effect Racks.
  • Added the missing parameters for Analog 'Amp 2’ under the ‘Amp’ device bank, and 'AEG2 < VEL' under the ‘Amp 2 Envelope’ bank.
  • Vib Delay’ appeared twice under the Tension 'Vibrato' bank.
  • On Push, a number of toggle buttons across devices would display ‘0’,’1’ instead ‘On’, ‘Off’.
  • When switching to Clip mode with Push, Live would keep displaying device mode.
  • When selecting devices with Push in a long chain, Device View in Live would not auto-scroll anymore.
  • When adding plug-in parameters to the parameter list in Device View via 'Configure', the device bank in Push Device mode would only update after switching back from a different mode or track.
  • The Push Display could go blank when loading certain plugin presets or when switching through device banks with Push 2.
  • The Push 2 display would crash when browsing plug-ins, if the plug-in folder contained a number of devices which exposed the exact same name to Live.
  • “Lock to Control Surface" would not work anymore with Push 1 or 2.
  • Collapsing the Inline Mixer of a Drum Rack from Arrangement view would cause a visual glitch in Session View.
  • Adjusted the timing a notification is displayed on Push 2, which now is in relation to the length of the text.

 

9.6 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Introduced Link, a technology which keeps devices in sync when connected to the same network. A 'Link' section has been added to the Link/MIDI preferences tab.
  • Link and The Bridge prevent each other from starting once switched on. Moreover, Link and The Bridge both switch off External sync when activated.
  • Link, The Bridge and External Sync are not available when Live runs as a ReWire slave.
  • The Python framework has been updated to support Python 2.7.
  • Added control surface support for the Arturia KeyLab series, Arturia BeatStep and Arturia MiniLab.
  • Added Control Surface support for the Alesis VX series.
  • When tweaking Warp mode specific parameters in Simpler (i.e. grain size, flux), these are now updated in real time. Previously, these would be only updated on a per-note basis.
  • Improved the time required to slice an audio sample to a Drum Rack.
  • Slicing visualization improvements and other minor cosmetic tweaks for Simpler and Sampler.
  • While samples are offline or still decoding, Slice to Drum Rack and Slice to new Midi Track from Simpler are disabled.
  • Add a preference to re-enable random clip colors.
  • Updated fonts and added a number of special characters.
  • The Live 8 Legacy Mode in Operator has been renamed to something more meaningful.
  • Performance improvements in waveform rendering.

Bugfixes:

  • Recovering Live sets after a crash would not succeed under certain circumstances.
  • Live could hang at launch while displaying the splash screen on Windows 10.
  • Live would crash on OSX 10.11 when a user closed the second window while it was shown in fullscreen mode.
  • Tracks created by dragging and dropping a Rack or Rack preset will now correctly be assigned with a new track color.
  • Live might become unresponsive on OSX if no Max application could be found. Furthermore, Live would not find Max 7 on its own on Windows.
  • Live could hang when loading sets referencing Max devices, if these were saved with Max 6.1.7 or earlier.
  • Audio files would not retain the color saved in the respective .asd file when dropped into a track.
  • Replaced one redundant color in the Live color sequence.
  • Simpler would cause an unusual high memory usage if the user had set 'Complex' as the default mode for Warping.
  • Live would crash when converting a sliced Simpler to a Drum Rack from within an Instrument Rack.
  • Live would crash when cropping samples in Sampler.
  • A crash could take place when playing back sliced samples in Simpler, if 'Snap' had previously been activated in Classic or One-Shot mode.
  • A crash could occur when dragging the Start Marker to the very end of a file in Simpler and playing back a warped, looped sample with 'Snap' active.
  • Live could crash when playing back warped samples in Simpler. The crash would occur when a new note began playing at the exact same time that another playing note was ending, if that also choked or retriggered the previous note.
  • When slicing an audio Clip to a Sampler based slicing preset, all slices would be assigned to the same root note.
  • Simpler's playhead could jump unexpectedly when starting the transport while playing back warped samples.
  • Dragging a selection of an arrangement clip into Simpler now sets the start and end flags according to the selection.
  • Snap is automatically disabled when slicing a Simpler to a Drum Rack. This ensures that the sound of playback does not change after slicing a Simpler to a Drum Rack.
  • Changing Simpler's playback mode via the keyboard would not be undoable.
  • When dragging the Simpler start flag towards the end of the sample, this would overlap with the End flag, which then could not be clicked nor dragged anymore. The same behavior occurred the other way around (the End flag might have covered the Start flag).
  • The text in the Simpler 'Warp As' button would not be displayed properly when running Live in a language other than English.
  • Fixes a crash which might happen in conjunction with Complex / Pro modes.
  • Improved the CPU performance of Complex and Pro when playing back short loops. Note that while Clip loops are limited to at least 1/16 note in length, simpler loops can be as small as 50 samples.
  • Reduced audible artifacts and improved timing for samples warped with Complex and Complex Pro.
  • The OSR filter might produce unwanted artefacts when used with high frequency and resonance settings.
  • The modulation destinations for the new legacy filters in Simpler and Operator are now hidden and updated correctly when upgrading a device.
  • The spread pitch control is now disabled if Simpler is using Re-Pitch as warping mode.

Changes for Push:

  • It is now possible to toggle the Global Record button via Push by holding Shift and pressing the Session Record button.
  • ‘Mute', 'Solo' and 'Stop Clip' can be locked by holding the respective button. This enables muting tracks, bypassing devices, soloing tracks and stopping Clips with one single button press. To select tracks and devices even while locked mute/solo/stop mode is active, it is now necessary to hold the select button.
  • Improved encoder responsiveness when selecting a parameter through a list on Push 2.
  • Improved the Push initialization process when the unit is power cycled while Live is open.
  • Push 2 Firmware updated to v1.0 build 47. This fixes a problem where the hardware would sometimes fail to initialize on Windows. This Firmware update is also intended to mitigate unexpected high velocity values which might be triggered when Push pads are played softly. This is an intermediate step towards a proper fix. Please note that, depending on your pad sensitivity settings, it might now be more difficult to reach maximum velocity.
  • It is now possible to load and hotswap samples in audio tracks on Push 2. This is achieved by first entering Clip mode.
  • Sample names are now displayed in the browser while hotswapping.
  • When Simpler is in 64 pad slicing mode, the touch strip can work as Pitch Bend or Modulation Wheel.
  • Scales mode can now act as a momentary toggle if held. Furthermore, it is now possible to browse Scales also with the up/down and left/right arrows.
  • When an empty drum pad is selected, 'Add Device' will work like the 'Browse' button, thus it will not prompt the user to swap the entire Drum Rack anymore but rather will enable to load a device or sample inside the pad.
  • After converting an audio Clip to a Simpler from Push 2, device mode will be selected automatically.
  • Added a 12/24 dB button (filter slope) to Auto Filter, Operator and Sampler for Push 2.
  • When adding a new device to a previously selected pad, the added device will now always be selected.
  • Live would crash when converting a Clip to Simpler, if the device default for Dropping Samples on Device View consisted of a Simpler instance inside an Instrument Rack.
  • When loading a sample from the browser, Simpler's "Mode"  would be displayed as "Classic" on Push 2, regardless of the default for "Dropping Samples on Device View".
  • When converting between Simpler and Sampler, Push 2 would lose device selection.
  • Under certain conditions, the waveform in Simpler flickered on display when zooming in on longer samples.
  • When zoomed out on a long sample, it is now possible to see an indication of the existing slices on the Push 2 display.
  • Under certain circumstances the Push pads would not reflect the selected slice when using a sliced Simpler.
  • Mute and Solo would not work on Push 2 if the currently selected track was outside the Session Ring.
  • When moving a channel towards the left while in 'Mix' mode, its channel meter would stop working on Push2.
  • When renaming a macro inside a Rack, the changes would not be immediately reflected on Push 1 and Push 2's display.
  • Introduced a short delay before showing the tempo/swing message when touching the encoders, to reduce the amount of notifications.
  • Push would keep showing the loop selector in sequencer mode after deleting a Clip.
  • The display could get stuck in User mode on Push 2. Additionally, it is now possible to momentarily enter User mode by holding the respective button.
  • The color mapping for Push 2's step sequencers has been improved, to better reflect different velocity ranges.
  • The Arrow Keys would stop working after switching between note and session mode while using the Push 2 browser.
  • Selecting a scene in Live would cause Clip selection from Push not to work anymore.
  • When hotswapping an instrument, browser selection could disappear when scrolling up/down with the Push 2 arrows.
  • No auto preview was available for the currently selected item when navigating to a list using an encoder.
  • Under certain circumstances pressing 'Add Track' and loading a new device would swap the instrument residing in the currently selected track instead.
  • After using 'Collect All and Save', Simpler instances would fail to display a waveform due to the changed file path.
  • Improved waveform rendering when switching through tracks and selecting Drum Pads.
  • When holding the mute/solo button, muted/soloed tracks would display their original color on the display: these now correctly display the muted/soloed state.
  • Previously, Push 2 would only show the left channel for stereo waveforms. As of now, both channels are displayed in overlay.
  • Fixed a few visual inconsistencies for Push 2, where the On/Off icons might be missing for some devices and the Sawtooth waveform orientation was be inverted with respect to the one shown in Live's device choosers.
  • When trying to change the Start/End parameter on an empty Simpler, the parameter would stop updating its state on the Push 1 display even after adding a sample.
  • On Push 1, plugin parameter names would not update correctly anymore if these change dynamically e.g. when loading a new preset. In addition, Push 2 now also updates such plugin parameter names dynamically.
  • Push 1 can now utilize custom device banks for Simpler.
  • Dynamic parameter banks are in place for Push 1 as well. Parameters that don't have an effect due to some other parameter being disabled will now be hidden. In addition, Simpler, Sampler, Operator and Auto Filter now have the 'Filter Slope' parameter in their banks.
  • Added control for further Simpler parameters on Push 1: Warp mode, Warp On/Off, Voices, Gain.
  • The encoder resolution for Push 1 was significantly different as of Live 9.5 when compared to previous versions. This has now been rectified.
  • Fractions were not shown correctly for Simpler on the Push1 display.
  • Quantized parameters were not displayed correctly on Push1's bar graph.

 

9.5 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Improved Waveforms: these now look smooth during zoom operations as well as during recording.
  • Improved meters: the track volume meters now show both peak and RMS levels.
  • Improved colouring: tracks are now automatically coloured, and new Clips take their track’s color.
  • The ‘Auto assign Clip Color’ preference is replaced by ‘Auto assign Track Color’, which determines if a newly created track gets a color from the song's color sequence assigned or a fixed color chosen by the user.
  • Simpler has been completely overhauled with a new interface, Warping, slicing, and new analog modelled filters build in conjunction with Cytomic.
  • New analog-modeled filters based on classic vintage hardware models capable of self resonating, feedback and distortion are added to Simpler/Sampler, Auto Filter and Operator.
  • The Core Library has been updated with new Drum Kits and new presets for Simpler, Operator, Analog, Auto Filter and Audio Effect Racks.
  • Audio Effect Racks now load with devices hidden.
  • Sets created with 9.5 will not be openable in pre-9.5 versions of Live. When trying to Save a set created with a previous version in 9.5, a dialog will appear and it will only be possible to Save under a different name.
  • Added the option "Preserve Warped Timing" in the Slice to new MIDI track dialog.
  • A breakout view is added for Simpler. The breakout view can only be displayed when Simpler has a valid sample
  • The Warped waveform is displayed accordingly in Simpler.
  • Added a button in the Simpler breakout which warps the region between the sample's start and end markers as a certain number of bars.
  • Added 1/2 and x2 warped length buttons in Simpler.
  • Added One Shot mode in Simpler.
  • Slicing mode has been added to Simpler. When active, all transients between start and end flags will be used for generating the slices
  • It is now possible to normalize a sample via a context menu option by right clicking on Simpler's waveform.
  • Added the possibility to slicing to a Drum Rack from Simpler.
  • A sample volume control (Gain) is now added to Simpler.
  • When loading a Simpler, Auto Filter or Operator preset created with a previous Live version, the devices will work in legacy mode, in order to preserve the original sound. An “Upgrade button” will activate the new filters. The filters will be automatically upgraded if these were not active in the preset.
  • Drum pads inherit Warp on/off when slicing a Simpler to Drum Rack.
  • If Simpler in Slicing mode is set to one voice only of if its playback mode is set to “mono”, choke is activated once converted to a Drum Rack.
  • Added Trigger or Gate mode for Samples in One Shot/Slice Modes
  • It is now possible to reverse a sample in Simpler via a context menu option.
  • Creating a multi selection for a number of chains in a Drum Rack enables setting the choke group for all chains at once.
  • When instantiating a plug-in, up to 64 parameters get configured automatically now.
  • A parameter configuration can now be saved as a default per AU or VST plug-in. This is done via a new context menu entry available in Live's plug-in device. The default configurations are stored in a "Plug-In Configurations" folder under "User Library/Defaults".
  • Improved performance when drawing waveforms for large sets with many clips.
  • Introduced a limitation to how many time a sample can  be sped up or slowed down via ":2" or "x2" respectively, in order to save CPU power.
  • Improved the automation smoothing for the new filters in Simpler, Operator and Auto Filter.
  • Removed the limitation to the amount of transposition affecting samples when using Complex or Complex Pro.
  • The error dialog Live throws when users try to save a Default Device / Track while no User Library is available has been improved.

Bugfixes:

  • It is not possible to inadvertently save a Live Set to the Trash anymore.
  • The 'Warp as x bars' feature is improved so to provide more musical and predictable values.
  • Light blue color tones have changed to avoid being confused with the selection color when using the default Live skin.
  • Artifacts might be introduced when transposing samples warped with Complex / Pro.
  • Specific plug-ins would have triggered Live to configure non-functional parameters after a preset change.

Changes for Push:

  • Introduced support for Push 2.
  • It is now possible to preview sounds from the browser with Push 1 as well. Auto preview can be toggled on/off.
  • It is now possible to load Samples from Push. These will be instantiated in Simpler.
  • Browsing of VST and AU plugins is now available for Push 1 as well.
  • It is now possible to duplicate Drum Rack pads from Push 1 as well.
  • Clip length can be adjusted with a resolution down to 1/16th holding the Shift button.
  • Scales settings are now stored in Live sets.
  • When recording with Fixed Length: Off, pressing fixed length will now stop recording and loop the last bars of the recording according to the fixed length setting.
  • Fixed a bug which would cause the Clip selector in the step sequencer to be displayed after deleting a Clip.

9.2.3 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for the Roland AIRA MX-1.
  • Improved the performance for Ableton Devices on OS X.  

Bugfixes:

  • Live could crash on Windows when changing sample rate when using certain ASIO drivers.
  • MIDI Note Off messages could be skipped as a consequence of an audio drop out, resulting in hanging notes.
  • CPU spikes leading to drop outs could occur when firing Clips, stopping Clips, Clip editing during playback, Clip scrubbing and when pressing the Back to Arrangement button.
  • Live’s interface would respond slowly when the Display Zoom was set to a value other than 100% on OSX using the 32-bit version. This bug fix also improves scaled drawing performance on Windows 64-bit.

Changes for Push:

  • The step sequencer 'Note Settings' view could not be exited anymore if accessed while in Hotswap mode.

9.2.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for the Akai MIDImix

Bugfixes:

  • Under certain circumstances Live 64 bit could crash while scanning VST plugins, after changing the input audio device or when opening a VST plugin window, especially when working with large Live Sets or if the program had been running for a very long time.
  • Replaced the icon for Current Project in the browser sidebar.
  • Live would crash when dragging a Clip in the Groove Pool.
  • Audio Units would stop passing audio after changing the sample rate.

9.2.1 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for the Akai Professional MPD218, MPD226 and MPD232 controllers.
  • Added control surface support for the Akai Professional Advance keyboard series.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a crash which might take place in Live 9.2 when scanning or instantiating a number of 32-bit plugins.
  • Auto-scrolling in session view could get stuck after releasing the mouse, when dragging a device across the splitter between browser and session view.
  • Fix a rare crash which could occur when closing plugin windows on Mac.
  • Live could crash when double clicking on a Rack Chain Macro in the Mapping Browser, while in Macro Map mode.

9.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added the Tuner Device to the Live audio effects.
  • Added a "Start Playback with Tap Tempo" preference to determine if Tap Tempo is going to activate playback.
  • Improved tempo detection for warped audio files where the tempo appears to be constant.
  • Improved warp downbeat detection.
  • The first warp marker (1.1.1) is now placed closer to the beginning of an audio Clip, even if the that portion of audio does not contain loud transients.
  • Improved the sound of Complex and Complex Pro Warp modes.
  • Added the option "Warp Selection as x-Bar Loop" in the context menu when right clicking on a time selection inside an audio clip.
  • Live Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency.
  • The latency introduced by a device is now displayed in the status bar, when hovering over the title bar with the mouse. No latencies are shown when latency compensation is turned off.
  • Automation and Modulation are now fully latency compensated.
  • Modifying the Arrangement loop brace with mouse or keys will not affect the current track selection, while previously all tracks were selected as soon as the braces where adjusted with the mouse.
  • The Serato bridge is now compatible with Live 9.2
  • Scrub and Ram Mode are now exposed in the python API
  • Added support for the Roland A-PRO keyboard series
  • Most presets in “Sounds” and all presets in Operator have been updated to react to Aftertouch and/or Modwheel data.
  • Updated 808 and 909 Kits with better sounding Kicks and Snares.
  • New 606 & 808 Impulse presets have been added to the Core Library.
  • Core Library Audio Clips now load with HiQ enabled and Fade disabled.
  • The preferences setting "Start Transport with Record” has been renamed to "Start Playback with Record"
  • Updated lessons and info texts.
  • Dropped compatibility for Windows XP and Vista, OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

Bugfixes:

  • When switching between Note and Scene mode with the APC20, the pad LEDs would occasionally not update correctly.
  • The Session Ring would not be entirely displayed on screen anymore when navigating through tracks if the Live Set contained folded Group tracks.
  • Fixed a bug in the Axiom Air 25, 49 and 61 Control Surface remote script, where the Send mix mode controlled the available Sends for the currently selected channel, instead of controlling Send A for the first 8 channels.
  • Fixed a bug in the MPK Control Surface remote script, where the Record Arm button had to be pressed twice to be toggled, and Exclusive Arm would not work.
  • Fixed a bug in the Vestax VCM600 Control Surface remote script, where the Punch In and Punch Out controls would work only as momentary toggles.
  • Fixed a bug which caused artefacts in the waveform visualisation when increasing the Gain on low amplitude audio clips.
  • Live would not display bluetooth audio devices in the Input and Output device menu under Preferences-->Audio
  • When controlling a number of mixer or device parameters via Aftertouch, crackles could be noticed in the audio stream.
  • The Live browser "All Results" label would not remember the settings for the optional second column.
  • Fixed a rare crash which might happen on OS X with certain input sources.
  • Fixed a crash which might occur when deleting several Max for Live devices from a Live Set at once.
  • Live would crash when quitting the application while renaming a Groove in the Groove Pool.
  • Peak Levels in External Instrument and External Audio Effect devices would only be updated if these were displayed in Device View.
  • A Live Set might become corrupt when saved after a crash recovery, if the original Live Set had meanwhile been modified by a different Live instance.
  • Notes at the beginning of Clips would not be triggered when rendering or freezing tracks containing Max for Live devices or third party plugins.
  • Remote mappings via a Max for Live device would not work for toggle parameters anymore.
  • The mouse would behave erratically when controlling encoders and faders on OSX, if the Live GUI was zoomed-in either via OS or via the native Live zoom preference setting.
  • Minor adjustments to the translations of Clip context menus.
  • Overdrive would report a wrong latency value, thus would not correctly be compensated.
  • Saturator and Dynamic Tube would report a wrong latency value when operating in High Quality / Oversampling mode, thus would not correctly be compensated.
  • Redux would report a wrong latency value when in Soft mode, thus would not correctly be compensated.
  • Minor GUI bugfixes for high resolution displays.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause graphics glitches and crashes on OSX when using high resolution displays.
  • Fixed a bug where the mouse cursor would stay in stopwatch or beachball mode until the user physically moved the mouse. This would happen after loading devices, live sets, or anything else which would necessitate the use of the stopwatch cursor.
  • Updated the pixel font (used primarily in device LCDs like Operator) for retina displays. Also improved the aspect of envelope curves drawn in the device's LCD displays.
  • Fixed a glitch where the modulated value would become visible as an orange dot while dragging a slider, even if no modulation exists.


Changes for Push:

  • Added 64 Pad Drum Rack mode for Push. The Note button now toggles between the Drum Rack three section layout and the 64 Pad Mode.
  • Improved aftertouch response and added an aftertouch Threshold setting in the Push User Preferences
  • Added Modwheel functionality for the Push Ribbon Controller. Tapping the Ribbon Controller while holding "Select" toggles between Pitch Bend and Modwheel function.
  • Holding "Delete" and tapping an encoder on Push resets the respective parameter to the default setting.
  • Holding "Shift" while turning an encoder on Push changes the respective parameter with finer resolution.
  • Improved buttons readability on Push. The Repeat and Metronome buttons now blink if active.
  • When recording using Repeat on Push, the MIDI notes would be recorded with a negative offset with respect to the grid if the option “Reduced Latency when Monitoring” was on. This caused the very first note in the Clip not to be played back at all.
  • Using "Shift" + "Add Effect" or "Add Track" while in Scales mode would cause the display to show the Note Layout options even after releasing the Shift button.
  • When selecting a Drum Rack Pad set to Multisample mode with Push, pressing “Device In” with Push would automatically select the first device in the Chain list, and it would not be possible to go back to the enclosing Instrument Rack device.

9.1.10 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchpad MK2 and Launchpad Pro.

9.1.9 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey MK2

9.1.8 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for Alesis V and VI keyboards.
  • Live will not auto-update to versions above 9.1.8 when installed on legacy OS versions. Affected operating systems are: Windows XP, Windows Vista, OSX 10.5 and OSX 10.6.

9.1.7 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for M-Audio Oxygen 4th generation controllers.

Bugfixes:

  • When choosing “All Individual Tracks” in the Export Audio/Video dialog,  tracks using the External Instrument device would not be exported correctly.
  • Fixed a bug which caused modulations for arrangement clips to disappear when undoing and redoing after duplicating a track.
  • Improved fonts for Retina displays (Mac OS X only).
  • Improved graphics for the Track Status Display and the Plug-in browser icon on Retina displays (Mac OS X only).
  • Fixed a graphics problem which could occur on OS X 10.10 Yosemite when a Max for Live device was instantiated directly at application launch, e.g. by double-clicking an .als file or by having a template set containing a Max for Live device.
  • Fixed a graphics problem which could occur on OS X 10.10 Yosemite when opening the "Export Audio/Video" dialogue and having the "Zoom Display" preference set to a value higher than 100%.
  • The Simpler instrument could lose certain macro mappings after converting a Sampler to Simpler and then enabling Simpler's Pitch Envelope.
  • Fixed the spacing of the "Hz" icon on Simpler's LFO Rate switch on Retina displays
  • Under certain conditions, the Tension instrument could produce unwanted noise bursts after loading a preset and then playing the first note.
  • Live could crash when undoing and redoing after importing a clip or a track containing automation from the browser. Live would also keep crashing when recovering the Live Set from the undo file.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur with the iZotope "Trash 2" VST plug-in on Windows.
  • Fixed a crash which might occur on Windows while Live scans or loads certain UAD plugins.

9.1.6 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Improved graphics for Retina displays. Note that this requires a Mac with OS X 10.7.4 “Lion” or higher.
  • Added native full screen support for Mac OS X. Note that this requires 10.9 Mavericks or higher and having the option "Displays have separate Spaces" enabled in OS X' Mission Control system preferences (this is the system's default). The keyboard shortcut for toggling full-screen mode has been changed accordingly to CTRL+CMD+F, which is the operating system’s default. Users with older OS X versions and Windows users are not affected by this change.
  • It’s now possible to export selected tracks by choosing ‘Selected Tracks Only’ in the ‘Export Audio / Video’ dialogue box. The option ‘Individual Tracks’ is still available as well, but has been renamed to ‘All Individual Tracks’.
  • Improved Max application chooser in Live’s ‘File Folder' preferences pane to be compatible with the folder structure of Max 7 application bundles.
  • Updated info texts and manuals.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause memory leaks and an unusually high CPU load when running Live as a ReWire slave on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Some chooser controls would clip the right side of an active entry when closed, e.g. the Auto Filter’s ‘Shape’ chooser would cut off the rightmost line of the square or saw icon.
  • Clicking on a certain area at the bottom of a track volume slider in Live’s mixer would sometimes cause the slider to move to an unwanted position.
  • Changing the screen resolution while running Live in full-screen mode would not reset Live’s window to the correct size and still show the window’s title bar. This is now fixed.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when loading Live sets containing a large amount of VST plug-ins and Max for Live devices.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when hovering over an automation breakpoint or segment on the first automation lane of an Arrangement track and then forcing another automation to be shown on the same lane, e.g. by tweaking a different parameter using a MIDI controller.
  • Max for Live devices would not pass an “All Notes Off” message to the subsequent devices in a device chain when the Max for Live device was turned off.
  • VST plug-ins that have a MIDI output would not be able to output a CC 123 MIDI message ("All Notes Off").
  • Max for Live MIDI effect devices would not be correctly latency-compensated when the device was turned off and the device had an additional latency defined in its patcher inspector.
  • The “Session Zoom” feature, which allows to move Live’s Session ring by multiple tracks / scenes at once with certain MIDI control surfaces would stop working under certain conditions.

9.1.5 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Minor improvement to ensure compatibility with Mac OS X’ Gatekeeper for the forthcoming OS X updates 10.9.5 and 10.10.
  • Improved the threshold for inverting text colour of clip names, chains, macros, etc., depending on the background color, for better readability.

Bugfixes:

  • The [live.thisdevice] Max for Live object would no longer send a bang message out its first outlet when adding/removing control surface scripts in the Live preferences.
  • Under certain conditions, the MIDI level indicator would not show any activity inside the routing chooser of a MIDI track.
  • The Send button on the APC40 MKII would not work when pressed for the first time.
  • The Launchpad's Mixer mode would stop working after using the Launchpad's Session Zoom feature in Live sets containing more that 8 tracks.

Changes for Push:

  • When using a low audio buffer size or high sample rate, Push's buttons would not be backlit after launching Live (Windows only).
  • When entering Scales mode on Push, the Selection and State Control buttons would not light up until one of them is pressed once.
  • Push's Duplicate button would not work anymore for clips, tracks and scenes if Clip workflow is selected.

9.1.4 Release Notes

Bugfixes:

  • Live would hang during launch when running as a ReWire Slave on Windows.
  • Auxiliary audio outputs of certain VST plug-ins would not be delay-compensated anymore.
  • Observing or controlling the APC40 button matrix with a Max for Live device would not work after disabling the control surface.
  • Live could crash when receiving an invalid MIDI note quantization value from a Max for Live device. 
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Filter Type and its automation (if existing) to be set to an incorrect type after converting Simpler to Sampler or vice-versa.

9.1.3 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for AKAI MPK225, MPK249, MPK261.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue which caused CPU spikes when moving a MIDI note in a track containing certain Ableton devices with automated parameters while the transport is not playing.
  • Fixed CPU overloads and audio artifacts which might occur when moving MIDI notes in the MIDI editor, if the track contained certain third-party VST plug-ins.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the active Control Scripts to be loaded again when activating an additional Control Surface.
  • Enabling multiple tracks for recording and then triggering the Session Record button from the APC40 MKII would only record into the currently selected track instead of all armed tracks.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented Max for Live devices from grabbing the APC40 Clip Matrix.
  • Manual mappings for the APC40’s Device Bank buttons would not work anymore after pressing the device’s Shift button.
  • Fixed an issue on the Mackie Control Pro where the display would not show the parameter's values correctly, after previously enabling the level meters.
  • Fixed a graphical glitch which could occur when changing an Arrangement track's vertical zoom level via the Mackie Control or a Max for Live device. Under certain conditions, this could also lead to a crash.
  • Importing a Session View clip containing automation for a Max for Live device into another Live Set would create automation breakpoints in the Arrangement View.
  • When loop is activated in the Arrangement View, MIDI sustain messages and other CC# messages would not be recorded reliably after the first loop iteration.
  • Live would allocate an unusually high amount of RAM when rendering video with the 64-bit version on OSX.
  • When configuring plug-in parameters, some sliders in Live's plug-in panel would not match the position of the respective parameter in the plug-in GUI.
  • After installing a newly purchased Pack, Live would show an error message and the Pack couldn’t be used until Live was authorized manually again.
  • Text in deactivated clips was not readable with certain skins.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when closing the plug-in window of a UAD Audio Unit by pressing the [ESC] key.
  • Fixed a crash which might occur when renaming a Drum Rack pad while triggering another pad.
  • Live could crash under certain conditions when running as a ReWire slave and creating a new Live Set without saving the previous Set.
  • Under certain circumstances, Live would delete send automation or modulation envelopes from clips when exporting clips or tracks to the browser. Additionally, Live could crash when using the undo feature after such an export operation.

Changes for Push:

  • Certain Max for Live devices which accessed the Push Touch Strip would not work properly.

9.1.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • Added control surface support for Akai APC40 MKII, APC Key 25, APC mini.
  • Updated control surface documentation.
  • Improved readability of text in clips, tracks, chains and macro controls. The text color is now automatically inverted, depending on the background color.

Bugfixes:

  • Live would show cryptic error messages in case it detects and repairs a corrupt database. Now it shows something more meaningful.
  • Looped clip envelopes could have an incorrect length after unlinking the envelope, linking it again and then moving the clip from Session View to the Arrangement View.
  • MIDI data from the computer MIDI keyboard or an external MIDI input could have a huge delay after plugging a cable into the computer’s headphone jack (Mac OS X only).
  • When overdubbing a MIDI clip in the Arrangement View, the resulting clip would not be cropped to the correct content, but would contain all other notes of the track. 
  • A playing clip in the last scene would stop playing when deleting a scene above it.
  • Fixed a bug that could occur when recording automation over a loop jump in a Session View clip when the Arrangement View's loop is active.
  • Plug-in parameters of certain VST plug-ins would not instantly update on the custom plug-in window after changing presets.
  • The AU versions of UAD powered plug-ins would not release their DSP resources when turning them off in Live, even if the option "Release all UAD DSP resources on AudioUnit bypass" was enabled in the UAD control panel.
  • Loading a set containing many disabled UAD AU plug-ins may have resulted in a "UAD bandwidth allocation exceeded" error while loading the set.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when quitting Live via the Mac OS X App Switcher (CMD+TAB).
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on Mac OS X when quitting the application while Live is buffering samples.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 64-bit version when triggering multiple voices in Sampler and having the Shrink/Expand Envelopes feature enabled.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur in the 32-bit version of Live when loading presets containing a very large amount of devices.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur under certain conditions when moving scenes and then using Undo.
  • Live 9 Intro or Lite would crash when importing an audio clip which uses the Complex or Complex Pro warp mode (Windows only).

Changes for Push:

  • It wasn't possible to edit device parameters if a track's input routing was set to "No Input".
  • Live would record MIDI notes at the wrong position when using Push's Note Repeat function and having the track's monitoring switch set to "No Input".
  • Audio clip recording could be interrupted when choosing another track with Push, even if Exclusive Arm is deactivated in Live's preferences.
  • When selecting a track, the Melodic Step Sequencer would sometimes not select a page in the currently playing clip.

9.1.1 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Live will now automatically repair its database in case it gets corrupt, e.g. due to a fatal write error or a sudden power outage during a database transaction, etc. 
  • Live would always record the last received CC value into a MIDI clip, even if it was received before the actual recording was started. Live now ignores the last value and only records MIDI CC data that are received during the actual clip recording. 

Bugfixes:

  • Live would allow to trigger changes from notifications via the Python API. This could lead to problems with Live’s Undo history or even to crashes and is no longer allowed. Note that this change might affect compatibility with 3rd party control surface scripts, i.e. scripts that are not natively supported by Ableton. Please contact the manufacturer of the script in case you encounter any problems.
  • Live would cut off all currently playing notes on a MIDI clip when engaging overdub recording in the Arrangement View. 
  • When recording clips on multiple tracks in Session View by triggering a whole scene, clip recording would sometimes be aborted too early in some slots.
  • Under certain conditions, the playback of a Session clip would stop when scrubbing outside of the clip’s loop boundaries. 
  • Live would freeze when setting the loop length of an unlinked clip envelope to the minimum value.
  • Live's MIDI map mode could crash when sending MIDI messages while another chooser or context menu was open.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when creating audio feedback routings with drum rack sends, for example when routing a return chain to itself.
  • Live could crash under certain conditions when flattening clips containing automation envelopes.
  • Live could crash after using 'Capture and Insert Scene' on the last available Session scene and then undoing that action.
  • Live could crash under certain conditions when using Japanese text input methods on Mac OS X.
  • Max for Live devices could be out of sync when exporting audio with multiprocessor support enabled.
  • When loading a Live set with a MIDI clip that contains modulation for Max for Live parameters of the "live.dial" type, the modulation values would sometimes not be restored correctly.

Changes for Push:

  • Push's display now indicates if you’re editing a clip that is not the currently playing clip. It also allows to quickly move the focus back to the playing clip by pressing the up/down arrow buttons.
  • Push's display now indicates if a selected track is frozen and cannot be modified.
  • Deleting automation for device on/off switches or track activator buttons would not work from Push.
  • Push’s auto-arm function would not work with certain track routing settings.
  • The playhead could behave erratically or completely disappear when enabling the loop in Live’s Arrangement View and setting it to an odd loop length.
  • Push could freeze when browsing user folders, in case a path name contained certain special characters.
  • Grabbing individual buttons of Push’s button matrix from Max for Live would not work anymore.
  • Fixed a rounding problem that could sometimes occur with the bar graph that shows up on the display when tweaking an encoder.

9.1 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Added dual monitor support.
  • When exporting audio, sample-rate conversion is now done using the high-quality SoX Resampler Library, resulting in higher quality exports when rendering to a lower sample rate.
  • Live now uses multiple CPU cores when exporting audio and the normalisation process is faster than before.
  • When exporting audio files from Live with the option "Create Analysis File" enabled, Live will now save warp markers with the .asd file, so that information about the original tempo and tempo changes are correctly reused when re-importing the audio file into Live later on.
  • The 'Export Audio / Video' export dialog has been improved.
    - It shows the same options whether launched from Session or Arrangement View.
    - Some of the export settings have been regrouped to provide a better overview.
    - "All Tracks" has been renamed to "Individual Tracks" in the "Rendered Track" chooser.
    - The export dialog now shows information about the source and target sample rate.
  • The "Open Recent Sets" menu now has a "Clear List" and "Remove Unavailable Sets" option. 
  • The menu item "Close Live Set" has been renamed to "Close Window". It will now close any secondary window that is open. If no secondary window is open, it does nothing.
  • The audio buffer size is now restricted to power-of-two values. Windows users should note that not all ASIO drivers support this and may still allow to use non power-of-two values. This can lead to a higher CPU load and higher latencies. Ableton recommends to always use power-of-two buffer sizes, i.e. 64, 128, 256, 512,... samples.
  • Optimised default presets for Auto Filter, EQ Eight, Saturator, Tension, Simpler, Sampler, Analog, Operator, Electric.
  • Added 10 new Simpler presets to the Core Library.
  • Updated manuals, lessons, info texts and translations.
  • Minor improvements for usage data reporting.
  • When creating a new track by dragging an instrument to the clip/device drop area, Live would keep the last selected clip stand-by-selected. Now it moves the selection to the clip slot that matches the Session View's crosshair.

Bugfixes

  • The mouse and keyboard could sometimes become unresponsive after zooming, scrolling or tweaking parameters on OS X 10.9 "Mavericks".
  • Automatic updates could break an installation if the update process was interrupted.
  • Automatic updates would not work when running Live in ReWire slave mode. Therefore, automatic updates are now turned off in this case.
  • Live would not check if there's enough free disk space available before applying an automatic update.
  • Fixed a problem which could lead to a memory leak in the Ableton Index and Web Connector processes. 
  • Loading Live Sets and presets could take longer than necessary if the file contains references to missing samples.
  • The metronome timing would be incorrect after reloading a Live Set with a different time signature than 4/4. 
  • Decreasing and then increasing the audio buffer size in the Audio preferences tab could cause permanent crackling on Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
  • Two crossfaded clips running in 'Complex' or 'Complex Pro' warp mode could cause crackles and dropouts if the samples were time-stretched.
  • Negative sample offset modulation of the Beats warp mode would not work correctly and could lead to disk overloads.
  • The Sampler device occasionally produced a red 'D' (harddisk warning) if the sample is played very fast (high note, low base note). The fix reduces the likelihood of such disk dropout warnings.
  • Audio effects or racks with a high overall latency would not be rendered correctly. The beginning of the rendered file could contain a short period of the dry signal.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause parts of a waveform to disappear when dragging a warp marker.
  • Live would select clips slots when clicking and dragging in the empty area below the clips slots.
  • Key presses were not correctly forwarded to Live from VST plug-in windows or the video window (PC only).
  • Fixed a CPU performance problem which could occur with certain VST plug-ins.
  • Fixed a bug which could prevent certain AU plug-in windows from closing in the 64-bit version.
  • Live could crash when recording automation for VST or AU plug-ins on return tracks.
  • Looping automation in Session View clips was not correctly disabled when touching an automated parameter with the mouse.
  • MIDI sustain messages would be occasionally ignored when recording over an existing MIDI clip in the Arrangement View.
  • Irregular audio output values from Max for Live devices (i.e. "Not a Number" signals) would break downstream signal processing in Live. Such signals are now automatically replaced with silence.
  • Presets containing Max for Live devices from the User Library would sometimes not be shown in the browser's "Max for Live" label.
  • Max for Live API: The "length" property of a looped clip would reflect the distance from the clip start to clip end marker and not the length of the loop, as specified in the API documentation.
  • Max for Live API: Live could return a "bad number" error message when observing the "clip_trigger_quantization" property.
  • Live could crash when remapping a Max for Live device after using undo.
  • Live could crash when adding a drum rack from the "Autobeat" pack.  
  • Mapping a MIDI message from a ReWire master application to one of Live's parameters could crash the ReWire host and freeze Live.
  • Live could crash when pressing CMD/CTRL + M or CMD/CTRL + K during startup.
  • Kit-Core 808 Kick, Toms and Congas could produce unwanted clicks when tweaking the “Low/High Cut” macros.
  • The "Shaperello Pad" preset could produce unwanted clicks when tweaking the "Erosion" macro.
  • Removed redundant choke group in Kit-SessionDry.
  • Fixed wrong notes in Scale preset "Minor Pentatonic Scale".
  • MIDI data routed from a track output to the Launchpad would be sent on the wrong MIDI channel.
  • Fixed LED-update for Track On/Off button on Reloop KeyFadr/KeyPad controllers.

Changes for Push

  • Updated firmware to version 1.13. Live will show a dialog box on startup if a new Push firmware is available. Detailed update instructions and a changelog are available in a separate Knowledge Base article.
  • Added a Melodic Step Sequencer mode. 
  • You can now add parameter automation to the selected step in a step sequencer.
  • Push's display now indicates automated parameters, as well as overridden automation.
  • Step Sequencer mode is now also available for Drum Racks that are nested inside Instrument Racks.
  • Less force is required to set steps in the step sequencers and loops in the loop selector.
  • Improved behavior and color scheme for the loop selector in step sequencers. 
  • Auto-follow mode is now disabled when creating new clips by setting the first step in the step sequencer. 
  • When navigating between different clips, Push now remembers which “page” of a step sequencer was selected in each clip and returns to it when reselecting a clip.
  • When holding down a step in a step sequencer, you can edit the length of MIDI notes in steps (coarse) and in percent (fine). The length of the edited note is also reflected on the button matrix.
  • You can delete all notes on the same pitch within the current loop by holding down the delete button and then pressing the respective pad. This works in Note mode and also for playable drum pads.
  • The "Fixed Length" setting is now respected when creating a new clip by adding steps to an (empty) step sequencer.
  • When enabling 'Scales' mode, you can use the first encoder to scroll through the available scales.
  • Push's display now shows a short message when using the Undo / Redo button.
  • The second footswitch input now allows to control clip recording:  A single tap triggers Push's record button. A double-tap triggers Push's "New" button.
  • Clips inside group tracks would not be indicated on the button grid when using Session mode.
  • When creating a new clip while Push is in Session mode, any update to that clip's color was not reflected on Push.
  • The playhead could sometimes skip the first step when auto-follow was enabled.
  • The playhead would sometimes be stuck for a short time or skip beats when changing the step sequencer's resolution.
  • If a clip's start marker was set to a negative time, e.g. -2.1.1, it wasn't possible to move the loop length into a negative time range. 
  • Audio or MIDI tracks (with their MIDI input set to something other than Push) would be disarmed when selecting Tracks via Push, regardless of the Exclusive Arm settings.
  • Live could crash when overdubbing automation on a Return track using Push.
  • Live could crash when remapping a Max for Live device whilst touching / releasing an encoder on Push.

9.0.6 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Added control surface support for Novation Launch Control.
  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey Mini.
  • Added control surface support for Reloop KeyFadr.
  • Added control surface support for Reloop KeyPad.
  • Updated lessons.

9.0.5 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Added control surface support for M-Audio Axiom Air 25, 49 and 61 keyboards.
  • Added new default presets for Analog, Electric, Operator, Simpler, Sampler, Tension, Auto Filter, EQ Eight and Saturator for improved compatibility with control surfaces. 
  • The menu item 'View -> Detail -> Track' was renamed to 'View -> Detail -> Device'.
  • Updated lessons and info texts.

Bugfixes

  • The Ableton Index process could block the GUI after launching Live.
  • Fixed a bug which could decrease Live's GUI performance in sets containing a very large amount of devices.
  • The Arpeggiator device could play too many notes under certain conditions.
  • MIDI velocity fades would not work in an Instrument- or MIDI Effect Rack's key zone editor.
  • Chains assigned to certain velocity ranges in an Instrument Rack's Velocity Zone Editor would not be triggered under certain conditions.
  • Using the TAB key while renaming a track would not jump to the next track name if certain control surface scripts were enabled in the MIDI / SYNC preferences.
  • The Launchpad could sometimes show artifacts of the Mixer mode in User Mode II after switching between the two modes.
  • Status updates that are sent back to a MIDI controller from a control surface script could interfere with status updates from manual MIDI mappings.
  • Live could crash when moving VST or AU plug-ins to a different track while the plug-in's GUI was open.
  • Live could crash when closing a Live set that contains AU plug-in devices with Program Change automation. 
  • Live could crash when using 'undo' and 'redo' actions on non-configured plug-in parameters.
  • Live could crash under certain conditions when re-enabling the audio engine if the currently loaded Live set contains VST or AU plug-ins. 
  • Live could crash when changing the warp mode of multiple clips at once, if one of the clips contains a .rex file.
  • Live could crash when loading a Live set containing a Convolution Reverb device.
  • Live could crash under certain conditions when moving an automation segment. 
  • Triggering an Audio-to-MIDI conversion from the browser could corrupt the Live set, if the target track was created inside a group track.
  • Live could crash under certain conditions after saving a Max for Live device in the Max editor.
  • Improved the text of the error message which is shown after a certain type of crash on Windows systems ("HandleStageOne" class).  
  • Under certain conditions, Live would show an error message after updating to a new version: "Can't access file database: database error, prepare statement: No such table: sqlite_stat1".
  • The Windows installer would sometimes not install the "Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable" package correctly, which could result in a "Side-by-Side Configuration Error" when trying to launch Live.
  • The links to the accompanying Demo Sets in the "What's new in Live 9" Lesson would not open the correct demo set for feature-limited versions.

Changes for Push

  • It's now possible to browse user folders that were added to 'Places' in Live's Browser. Note that empty folders are hidden on Push.
  • When 'Clip Workflow' mode is selected, the 'Duplicate' button now only affects the currently selected clip and not the entire scene. Shift + 'Duplicate' will Capture and Insert a scene.
  • The Scene Launch Buttons would be lit even if no scene exists.
  • Pressing the 'Select' button and a Scene Launch Button would fire the scene instead of just selecting it.
  • When using 'Undo' after duplicating a scene, the LEDs of the previously duplicated clips would remain lit.
  • Navigating Drum Rack banks using Shift + Octave Up / Down would not work correctly.
  • Holding a Track Select button to unfold a group track would not work anymore.
  • Under certain conditions, audio clip recording would suddenly stop when enabling the "Fixed Length" function on Push.
  • Live could crash after hot-swapping a Drum Rack, if Push and another control surface script was activated in Live's MIDI/SYNC preferences.
  • Live could freeze while working on a Drum Rack if the Push control surface script was selected twice in the MIDI / SYNC preference pane (1x with the "Live" port and 1x with the "User" port).

9.0.4 Release Notes

Bugfixes

  • VST / AU plug-in devices could be inactive after loading a Live set containing a large number of plug-ins (regression in Live 9.0.3).
  • The "grab_control" function which allows to gain control over a control surface's button matrix via Max for Live would not work anymore (regression in Live 9.0.3).
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the File Manager window to reopen after launching Live.

9.0.3 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Added a new skin: "Disco".
  • Added a new option to the "Record/Warp/Launch" preferences pane: "Start Transport with Record". If activated, the transport will start immediately when clicking on the Session- or Arrangement-Record buttons. If deactivated, it prepares for recording as in Live 8, so you have to launch a clip in Session View or click the 'Play' button. You can hold down the Shift modifier key when clicking on the record buttons to invert the behavior temporarily.
  • When recording automation on top of an existing automation envelope, and quickly clicking on different positions in parameters like sliders, X/Y pads, etc., Live now records a latching automation envelope instead of jumping back to the previous value.
  • The Compressor device does not clip input signals at +20 dB anymore. 
  • Added control surface support for Novation Launchkey series.
  • Added control surface support for M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32.
  • Added a user satisfaction survey. After several hours of usage, Live will ask you to rate the software on the next startup. You can submit a star rating or simply dismiss the survey.
  • Updated manual, lessons and translations.

Bugfixes

  • The Trial version of Live 9.0.2 could hang on startup.
  • Live would not work as a ReWire slave on Windows.
  • The performance of the Ableton Index process has been improved, especially on OS X. 
  • The Ableton Index process would sometimes not scan all folders after adding them to the sidebar.
  • The Ableton Index process could block the GUI during saving and exporting of Live sets, presets or clips.
  • Scanning folders containing a huge amount of files could take longer than necessary.
  • The Browser would not update its content pane after a change in the file system if the selection was somewhere outside of the Browser.
  • Expanding the Audio Unit folder in the browser's "Plug-ins" label could be slow for users which have a lot of library content installed.
  • Live would not save a clip self-contained after dragging it to the Browser and confirming the name of the new clip by clicking anywhere outside of the Browser. 
  • The Session Record button would not turn off if the recording was aborted, e.g. by stopping or deleting the currently recording clip, disarming a track, etc.
  • Under certain conditions, MIDI notes would not get recorded into a clip slot after deleting a previous clip.
  • Overdubbing into MIDI clips could unnecessarily bloat the undo history file.
  • Fixed a graphical glitch which could occur in the representation of the filter curve in EQ Eight's Frequency Display.
  • Several MIDI control surfaces would not correctly shut down after quitting Live, e.g. motorfaders on the Mackie Control would not return to zero, Axiom Pro devices would not exit Hypercontrol mode, etc.
  • The "Project Mix IO" control surface would not work.
  • The channel strip buttons on the Mackie Control XT would not work.
  • Fixed a bug where the key navigation in track headers would not work properly when certain control surfaces are selected.
  • When using control surface scripts, the blue hand would sometimes not map to any device, e.g. after creating a device and then deleting it by using undo.
  • Live could sometimes crash on quit in case a faulty MIDI remote script throws an exception in the Python console.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur in Live Intro when right-clicking on a drum rack chain.

Changes for Push

  • Using the touch strip to change banks in drum racks now requires to pick up the current value, to avoid changing banks accidentally while playing.
  • Fixed incorrect intervals in the Locrian scale.
  • The velocity curve setting would reset to the default value when opening a new Live set.
  • Changing the pad sensitivity settings could be slow if a drum rack was in focus.
  • Updating the LCD display could be slow when switching between Drum and Note mode.
  • The Push LCD could remain blank and no mode would be selected after holding the 'Browse' mode button.
  • Fixed a bug where 'Browse' mode would be exited after swapping a Max for Live instrument.
  • Tracks created by dragging an instrument would sometimes not be automatically armed if Push is connected.
  • The "Arm Exclusive" preference would not be respected when Push was connected.
  • Fixed a bug where recording wouldn't work properly if the default clip launch mode was set to 'Toggle' mode.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when using the 'Quantize' function.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when using Push to delete a device whilst recording automation for this device with the mouse.

9.0.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • The "Group to Drum Rack" option is available again in the context menu of all instrument devices, provided that the device is not yet grouped into a rack and is not a drum rack device itself.
  • Improved browser performance when clicking on the "Drums" label.
  • Improved browser performance when clicking on labels while Search is active.
  • Improved browser performance when hot-swapping presets in the browser's "Places" section.
  • When Search is activated, the selection color in the browser's content pane is now in line with the color scheme of the browser's sidebar and the frame around the search field.
  • Changed the factory default for dropping samples on a Drum Rack. It now activates the "Retrigger" mode in Simpler by default.
  • Removed the gray shade which would cover the Arrangement View's scrub area when the global Back-to-Arrangement button was on, because the controls underneath (e.g. the loop brace, locators, etc.) would look inactive although being active.
  • Simplified message boxes at startup when using the Trial version offline.
  • Updated several lessons, info texts and translations.

Bugfixes

  • MIDI Mapping for Song Tempo Fine Tune would not work correctly.
  • When recording automation into a clip, the automation would not latch during the first iteration, but jump back to the last value. 
  • Clip automation for VST and AU plug-in parameters could get lost after importing a track from the browser into a new Live set.
  • When recording clips from Session into Arrangement View, the recorded clip could have an incorrect loop length if the Arrangement's loop was enabled.
  • MIDI would not be recorded into Session clips when launching a scene after shift-clicking the Session Record Button.
  • Under certain conditions, Time Signature Changes would not be recorded correctly into the Arrangement.
  • Under certain conditions, the white background that indicates the active clip region would not be shown for unwarped audio clips in the Arrangement View.
  • The numbers in the Arrangement View's beat time ruler could disappear when zooming in.
  • When duplicating MIDI notes in a clip, the duplicated notes would sometimes scroll out of view.
  • The browser's content pane could scroll to a wrong position when enabling hot-swap, so that the selected preset would be out of view.
  • The velocity setting in Simpler and Sampler wasn't correctly restored from 'Slice-To-New-MIDI-Track' presets.
  • The file manager would sometimes not replace missing samples even though matching candidates were found.
  • (64-bit Windows) Exporting video at 48 kHz would not work.
  • (64-bit Mac) The video window could go black after toggling full-screen mode on and off.
  • (64-bit Mac) The content in the video window would sometimes not resize correctly when jumping in the playback position.
  • Max for Live: the API would return a list instead a list of symbols in certain cases, e.g. when querying a track's input / output routing targets, it would return "Sends" "Only", instead of "Sends Only".
  • Live could crash when trying to preview a multi-selection of files in the browser via Shift+Enter.
  • Live could crash during authorization when successively clicking the "Authorize with Ableton.com" button.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when importing certain Live sets by dragging them to the scene drop area.
  • Feature-limited versions (e.g. Live Intro or Lite) could crash when opening certain context menus.

Changes for Push

  • When holding the User mode button, you can now set the global pad sensitivity and velocity curve independently.
  • In Session Mode, there is now a higher pad sensitivity threshold, to prevent accidental clip launching.
  • When a Drum Rack is selected, loop selection and step sequencer pads have a higher threshold to avoid accidental triggering.
  • Max for Live devices are now accessible in Push's browser. 
  • While in 'Browse' mode, you can now scroll through pages by holding Shift + up/down buttons.
  • File extensions have been removed when browsing for better browsing clarity.
  • Saved Presets now show up correctly in the top-level of instrument racks and effect racks.
  • When holding one of the 8 main encoders, touching the 'Swing' or 'Tempo' encoders will not take over the display, to avoid a 'flickering' LCD.
  • You can now see the correct values and units of VST plug-in parameters on Push (e.g. "440 Hz" or "75 %"), provided that the VST plug-in transmits these information to Live. Previously you would only see generic values ranging from 0 to 1 in Push's display, even if Live's plug-in parameter list would show the correct value and unit.
  • On the selected track, the 'Track Select' button now toggles the arm button for audio tracks. The track select buttons turn red if a track is armed.
  • When Record is on, the playhead of the step sequencer and played back notes are indicated by red LEDs.
  • The Record button now turns off if you change tracks via Push (in Note Mode), so that you don't accidentally keep overdubbing in the new track.
  • Repeat mode now turns off when moving to a different track.
  • The state of the accent button would remain on after accenting a step in the step sequencer. 
  • Group tracks would automatically unfold when opening a set with Push attached.
  • Toggling Map mode off in Live while Push is in User Mode could crash Live.
  • The Push startup dialogue has been removed.
  • Various other technical improvements.

9.0.1 Release Notes

  • Improved support for Ableton Push.
  • Improved Browser usability and performance.
  • Added Live 8 library import option and support for legacy 3rd party content packs.
  • Improved transport bar and per-track Back to Arrangement buttons.
  • Several lessons and info texts have been updated and translated.
  • Numerous bugs and crashes have been fixed.

9.0 Release Notes

  • Initial release (DVD only)