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Create bolder sounds with Live’s new devices. Stay in the flow with a multitude of workflow improvements. Do even more away from the computer with Push. Build your sound with a curated library. And get the unlimited potential of Max for Live, seamlessly built in.

Try Live 10 free for 30 days

The Live 10 Suite trial includes all the features of the full version, including saving and exporting. You can use it alongside your current version of Live.

Devices to shape your sound

Immediately playable, infinitely capable

Wavetable is a new synthesizer built by Ableton. Shape, stretch and morph sounds using wavetables derived from analog synths, a range of other instruments and sounds or use a sample in your library to create your own. Sculpt sounds right away – even without a deep knowledge of synthesis – or explore its rich palette through an intuitive interface.

Wavetable

Explore Wavetable’s interface:

Extend the oscillator section by importing wavetables or a sample.
Two morphable oscillators with a huge collection of wavetables are supported by an additional sub oscillator.
A full breakout gives a clear overview of all controls and ample space for exploration.
Quickly add modulation to the currently selected parameter using the modulation matrix. Sources include three built-in envelopes, two morphable LFOs and MIDI.
Two Cytomic-built, analog-modeled filters with a full range of filter shapes, drive and three routing options.
Unique unison modes add width, shimmer, noise, randomness and more.

Shape your sound with effects

Echo
Echo

Echo combines the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device. Shape sounds with analog-modeled filters, create vintage imperfections with noise and wobble, or add modulation and reverb to create diffuse soundscapes, wailing feedback and more.

Watch: Echo walkthrough

Drum Buss
Drum Buss

Drum Buss is capable of adding subtle character or completely bending and breaking drums to your will. Add warmth and distortion, take control of dynamics with compression and transient shaping, dial in boom and control bass decay with the dedicated low end section.

Watch: Drum Buss walkthrough

Pedal
Pedal

With separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz effects, Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live. The effect excels at warming up vocals and instruments, driving synths or smashing drums. And of course, it sounds great with guitars.

Watch: Pedal walkthrough

Channel EQ
Channel EQ

A flexible and simple EQ with curves and gain ranges suitable for a variety of audio material. A sweepable mid band lets you bring out key frequencies in any instrument. The shape of the filters adapts based on how controls are set to always provide musical results.

Delay
Delay

Combines Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay and adds feature upgrades. Ping pong behavior, as well as Jump, Fade-In and Pitch controls from those devices are all accessed from the front panel. Delay also adds filter modulation and allows you to infinitely repeat the input signal.

Experiment using new tools

  • Pitch Hack
  • Gated Delay
  • Melodic Steps
  • Color Limiter
  • Spectral Blur
  • Re-Enveloper
  • Poli
  • Bass

Eight tools designed to enhance and expand the punch, color and texture achievable with Live. This collection includes new ways to pitch shift and sequence melodies and delays, creative and characterful studio processing, a device that creates ethereal, reverb-like spaces, and two revamped Max for Live synths.

Watch: Creative Extensions

  • CV Clock In
  • CV Clock Out
  • CV Envelope Follower
  • CV In
  • CV Instrument
  • CV LFO
  • CV Shaper
  • CV Triggers
  • CV Utility
  • Rotating Rhythm Generator

Generate or receive pitch, control, clock and trigger CV for modular synths and other gear that uses control voltage with 11 Max for Live devices. Sequence chords and melodies, trigger rhythmic patterns, merge multiple modulation signals, generate modular-style polyrhythms, create custom CV values and LFO shapes, sync your entire setup with Live and much more.

Watch: CV Tools

Surround Panner

A multi-channel panning device for performances, installations and theaters that use setups of four to eight speakers.

Rediscover time tested devices

  • Convolution Reverb
  • IR Measurement Device

A sample-based reverb suite with hundreds of impulse responses from real-world spaces and world-class hardware. This Pack also includes an IR Measurement Tool for creating IRs of your own favorite spaces.

  • LFO
  • Envelope
  • Envelope Follower
  • Shaper

Add dynamic and controllable changes to your music. Automate multiple device parameters at once for evolving sound, use existing audio to trigger musical events, create custom modulation shapes that you can adjust in real time and much more.

  • DS Clap
  • DS Cymbal
  • DS FM
  • DS HH
  • DS Kick
  • DS Snare
  • DS Tom
  • DS Sampler

Create completely customized drum and percussion sounds using the DS10 device collection. Each of the nine Max for Live Drum Synths received a complete sound upgrade and a broader sweet spot.

A multitude of workflow improvements

Turn your most spontaneous ideas into music

Arm a MIDI track and play. When you hear something you like, press Capture MIDI. Live matches your tempo and timing, and plays your idea in a loop without having to press Record. It also works when adding new parts or overdubbing MIDI into existing clips.

See how Capture MIDI works

Multiple MIDI clip editing

Edit smarter and take better control of the musical relationships in your song. Work with multiple MIDI clips across multiple tracks within a single view—in both Session and Arrangement.

Watch: Multi MIDI-clip editing

Create and arrange more fluidly

Choose from a palette of automation shapes, stretch and skew automation and simplify complex curves into C- and S-shapes for easier editing – then easily hide automation when you don’t need to see it.

When working on the audio clips in Arrangement View, new editing features make detailed editing and broad adjustments faster and easier. New keyboard shortcuts give you immediate access to common production workflows such as zooming, soloing, and folding group and automation tracks.

Watch: Arrangement View automation

Create groups within groups

Process individual group elements, a subgroup or an entire bus. Managing Sets with lots of tracks and a detailed arrangement gets easier, as well – multiple levels of groups let you fold tracks together for a simple overview.

Browser Collections

Keep your go-to devices, plug-ins and samples in color-coded collections and access them instantly in the browser.

Track freezing with sidechains

Freezing tracks that contain sidechain routing is now possible.

Mixing improvements

Utility has an improved gain range for volume automation. EQ Eight and Utility now have features that offer more precise control of bass frequencies. Split Stereo allows for flexible placement of individual channels in the stereo space.

Dedicated automation and modulation buttons in Clip Detail View

Toggle between automation and modulation in the Clip Detail View. All modulation now has its own distinctive color.

I/O Renaming

Instantly select the right routing by labeling Live’s inputs and outputs to match the instruments and hardware in your studio.

Export return and master effects

Musicians now have the option to export single tracks and groups with return and master effects applied.

Pinch zooming

All zoomable components, including devices, support pinch to zoom on a supported trackpad / touch screen.

Note chasing

Notes now trigger even if playback starts in the middle, so you don't need to start the clip from the beginning.

Refined look and feel

Live’s interface has been updated to be cleaner and clearer with sharper graphics and refined colors. And a range of optimized themes improves visibility in all environments.

Resizable Arrangement Overview window

Get a better overview of your arrangement with the resizable Arrangement Overview window.

Changes to breakpoint behavior

Snap your automation breakpoints to the grid. Adjust them to precise values using your numerical keyboard.

Do even more from Push

New melodic step sequencing layout

Simultaneously sequence notes and play them in from the same pad layout – the bottom half of the layout allows you to play notes in real time while the top half lets you sequence them.

Advanced effect visualization

See Wavetable or Echo in rich detail on Push as you play. You’ll see spectrum analysis on Channel EQ and EQ Eight, as well as EQ Eight’s advanced Mid/Side and Left/Right EQ modes. On Compressor, you’ll see threshold settings and activity and can even set up sidechain routing.

MIDI note view

Navigate and refine MIDI notes in context directly on the Push display. Press and hold a step in your sequence to zoom in and use the on-screen control to adjust velocity, note position and length.

New library of sound

Curated collections

A new range of sound packs captures the musical threads that tie together evolving styles and scenes. Each Pack is a curated selection of instruments, clips and samples that share a common sonic theme.

Drive and Glow

Drive and Glow combines swirling synth textures, overdriven guitars and basses and pounding drums. Carefully curated by Ableton to be mix-ready out of the box, this Pack is perfect for creating tracks that radiate with saturated, indie vibes.

Chop and Swing

Ableton’s homage to the style that made sampling an art form and put a new kind of groove on the musical map. Chop and Swing comes loaded with curated recordings and professional presets perfect for cutting up and re-combining into fresh new tracks.

Skitter and Step

Skitter and Step inhabits the space where growling basses, rinsing pads and jarring melodies collide with jagged, broken percussion. The cavernous spaces, dubby basses and tight drums are ready for production but were designed for deep sound manipulation.

Build and Drop

Build and Drop is loaded with ecstatic leads, enveloping bass, slamming drums and a range of rises, sirens and sounds effects. The curated sounds and presets inside are a creative toolbox for creating the irresistible anticipation and release this music uses to keep the party going.

Punch and Tilt

Punch and Tilt is a dancefloor-ready collection of sounds focused on machine rhythms, weighty bass and dark, hypnotizing melodies, textures and noises – a rough sonic aesthetic that started with a small group of underground producers and has grown into a worldwide scene.

Glitch and Wash

Glitch and Wash explores the contrast of organic texture and precise rhythms. This Pack combines precision slices, jagged electronic noise and microscopic snippets of sound with warm ambient pads, textures and soundscapes – ready-to-mix sounds designed for heavy tweaking.

Essential Instruments

Built by Ableton in collaboration with artists and sound designers, Live 10 Suite comes with four new in-depth instrument packs.

Drum Essentials

Drum Essentials is a collection of handpicked sounds selected to cover a wide range of styles. A flexible, highly-refined Pack to form the rhythmic foundation of any production.

Synth Essentials

Synth Essentials expands the Core Library with fresh presets for Ableton’s synths and samplers. Painstakingly created by top artists and sound designers, Synth Essentials makes it easy to find the sounds you need with no interruption to your creative flow.

Electric Keyboards

Electric Keyboards is a new Pack featuring three legendary multisampled instruments: two electro-mechanical pianos and one tonewheel organ. Special attention was given to making this Pack sound as true-to-life and organic as possible. The result is characterful electric keys for any genre.

Drum Booth

Drum Booth contains carefully curated samples of acoustic kits recorded in a tight, dry room. Perfect on their own or as reinforcement for electronic drums, Drum Booth also offers a selection of unique experimental recordings not heard in standard acoustic libraries.

Max for Live – no limits, built in

Streamlined, faster

Max technology is now fully integrated into Live 10 Suite – no additional download or set up is required. Devices load faster, use less CPU and feel more like Live’s native devices. Plus, new devices and capabilities bring more possibilities for musicians and device developers.

A more fluid and optimized patching experience

Move objects into and out of patch cords in one step, manage objects in groups and filter and timestamp events. Event probing gives you immediate insight on your patch when you hover over a cable, the ability to move seamlessly between editing and playing with the Operate While Unlocked feature and much much more.

Advanced MIDI–hardware integration

Max for Live devices can now send and receive SysEx messages, allowing deeper access to synthesizers including full preset backup dumps, parameter control and more. Max for Live can also create custom control surfaces for hardware integration.

All changes in Live 10

Arrangement

New in Live 10.1:

  • Tracks with sidechain routings can now be frozen.
  • The Arrangement Overview is now resizable, and its contents now always fit inside the box exactly.
  • When moving through the Arrangement using the arrow keys, the view will scroll to keep the selected track visible, if necessary.
  • Clicking on the timeline ruler will pause follow.
  • In arrangement, when calling “Select All” (e.g. by pressing Cmd+A), if there is a locator (cue marker) behind all material, the time selection will extend up to that marker.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Warped Arrangement audio clips can now be stretched by holding down Shift while dragging their border.
  • It is now possible to move Arrangement clips within a time selection using the arrow left/right keys. To toggle grid snapping, hold down the “CMD” (Mac) / “Alt” (PC) modifier key.
  • It is now possible to slide the contents of an Arrangement clip within the clip’s boundaries, by holding “Alt+Shift” (Mac) / “Ctrl+Shift” (PC) then clicking and dragging the lower half of the clip. To toggle grid snapping, hold down the “CMD” (Mac) / “Alt” (PC) modifier key.
  • In the Arrangement, the “Reverse” command can now be performed on a time selection via the new “R” shortcut key. When using Reverse on a partially-selected clip in Arrangement, only the selected part is reversed.
  • Arrangement clips can now be moved by dragging the upper half of the clip content area. The mouse cursor changes to a hand to indicate the clip’s draggable area, where time selections can also be made via a single-click.
  • Fades have been removed from the Fades/Devices chooser in the Arrangement. Clip fades are now always available, if the track is at least three units tall.
  • Introduced fade edge handles in the Arrangement, which allow users to change the duration of a fade in (via the “Fade In Start Handle”) and fade out (via the “Fade Out End Handle”) without affecting the fade peaks.
  • The “Activate/Deactivate clip(s)” command now only (de)activates the selected portion of Arrangement clips. Previously, the entire clip would be (de)activated, even if only part of it was selected.
  • The Edit menu’s Loop Selection shortcut “CMD+L” (Mac) / “CTRL+L” (PC) also turns OFF the Arrangement Loop if no new selection is made (in which case it would loop that selection). Previously, the shortcut could only enable the Arrangement Loop, but not disable it.
  • It is now possible to enable MIDI note chasing via the “Chase MIDI Notes” command in the Options menu.
  • It is possible to import an audio or MIDI file via the Create menu. Depending on the track type, this command is named “Import MIDI File…” or “Import Audio File”. The file will be inserted either where at the Insert Marker position (Arrangement View) or in the currently selected empty clip slot (Session View).
  • The Shift key is the new global Mac and Windows fine-tune modifier.
  • Double-clicking on a MIDI track in Arrangement View now creates a new MIDI clip.
  • MIDI and Key mappings can now be assigned to the Lock Envelopes switch.
  • Improved the performance of dragging and dropping clips in the Arrangement.

Automation

New in Live 10.1:

  • When right-clicking on an automation lane, the context menu now reveals a number of pre-defined shapes that can be inserted into a given time selection. If no time selection exists, the length of the shape corresponds to the current grid quantization.
  • It is now possible to transform automation horizontally and vertically. Upon creating a time selection inside an automation lane, handles will appear, which allow stretching and scaling the selected automation.
  • In automation envelopes, the strength of S-Shapes that were inserted via the context menu can be adjusted with the Opt/Alt curve modifier.
  • Added buttons to the Clip View that toggle between automation and modulation envelopes in the Envelope Editor. The modulation and modulation LED now appear in a modulation-specific color. In addition, modulation envelopes are now shown by default for Arrangement clips, even if they do not have events.
  • When clicking on a control in a clip’s Sample Box in the Clip View (e.g., Clip Gain) the corresponding modulation envelope will be selected and displayed in the Clip Envelope Control chooser.
  • Improved free-hand drawing of automation envelopes: When drawing automation with a deactivated grid, Live will insert fewer breakpoints and tries to use curved segments whenever possible. This will significantly reduce the overall amount of breakpoints and makes it easier to edit the automation envelope afterwards.
  • Added a “Simplify Envelope” command to the context menu of automation envelopes within a time selection, which removes unnecessary breakpoints and tries to use curved segments whenever possible.
  • It is now possible to edit the value of a time selection in an automation lane with no events. When right-clicking near the dotted line inside the selection, the “Edit Value” context menu command allows entering a value for the selected segment.
  • It is now possible to edit the value of an automation breakpoint or segment using a context menu and keyboard.
  • When hovering over an automation and a ‘preview’ breakpoint is shown, users can right click and access an “Add Value” context menu item. The new breakpoint can then be added with the entered value.
  • Stretching time in the Envelope Editor is now possible with the Automation Transform tool, and the Note Stretch markers have been removed from the Envelope Editor. They are still available in the Note Editor.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Introduced a global automation mode. In the Arrangement, the visibility of all automation lanes is now toggled via the Automation Mode button or the “A” key. When the automation lanes are visible.
  • Breakpoints now snap to the grid when they are moved.
  • When breakpoints are created close to a grid line, they now automatically snap to the grid.
  • Automation values are now displayed when hovering over a breakpoint, or dragging any of the following: an automation segment, multiple automation segments within a time selection, or multiple breakpoints in a time selection.
  • It is now possible to create automation breakpoints by double-clicking anywhere in an envelope view/automation lane.
  • It is now possible to move automation segments horizontally.
  • Pressing Shift while moving a breakpoint or segment of automation locks the movement either horinzontally or vertically depending on the direction of the initial movement.
  • The “Shift” modifier is no longer required for moving automation segments past existing breakpoints.
  • A vertical editing helper line now appears when moving breakpoints in the Arrangement View or Detail View.
  • While creating an automation breakpoint in a time selection, the time selection disappears, which enables moving the newly-created breakpoint.
  • It is also possible to split, deactivate, reverse and crop clips within a time selection while in automation mode.

Browser

New in Live 10.1:

  • Live’s database will keep working even if a second Live instance is running.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Introduced the Collections and Colors feature in Live’s browser.
  • It is now possible to install and update Packs from within the Browser.
  • When previewing samples in the browser, one-shot samples preview un-quantized.
  • When unfolding a Live Set in the Browser, Group Tracks are now available.
  • In the browser’s sidebar, it is now possible to rename user folders in the Sidebar, this is only in Live and doesn’t rename the folders on disk.
  • The User Library and Current Project folders now have context menus with the “Locate Folder” / “Show in Finder” command.
  • Files can be dragged and dropped onto the User Library, Current Project and user folders in the Sidebar directly.

Capture MIDI

Introduced Capture MIDI: a new way to get music into Live.

File Handling

New in Live 10.1:

  • Live now has a new option in the Rendering Options section of the Export Audio/Video dialog: “Include return and master effects”. If selected, every track will be rendered as if it was soloed and the master track was being recorded.
  • When a track with a sidechain is frozen, unfrozen, and frozen again, the track’s audio is now always re-rendered. This ensures that changes in the sidechain source track are considered in the new rendered file.

New in Live 10.0:

  • It is now possible to export MP3, FLAC and WAVPACK.
  • Upon saving a Set using “Save Live Set”, “Save Live Set As” or “Save a Copy”, the previous version gets moved into a backup folder of the current Project. Up to 10 old versions of the Set are stored in this folder.
  • When saving a Live Set, the undo history is no longer cleared. The original file and history position are remembered when creating, loading and saving a Live set and the information is used to restore the Live set after a crash.
  • Improved naming and sorting of recorded audio files, by attaching a timestamp to the filename.
  • Added various changes for Windows 10:
    • Live now supports Jump Lists in the Start menu and Taskbar.
    • Owners of Live 9 and 10 can choose which version of Live to open a Live Set with, by right-clicking that Set and selecting “Open With”.
    • It is now possible to associate .als files with a specific Live version, via “Control Panel” → “Apps” → “Default Apps”.
  • Large Live Sets can now be closed 5-10 times faster.
  • Improved the speed of loading samples referenced by a Live Set. This reduces the Live Set loading time considerably.

Groups

  • It is now possible to create Group Tracks within Group Tracks.
  • For Group Tracks, the “Assign Track Color to Clips” context menu item was renamed to “Assign Track Color To Grouped Tracks & Clips”. When the command is used, the contained tracks (and their respective clips) inherit the Group Track’s color.

Instruments & Effects

New in Live 10.1:

  • It is now possible to drop an audio file onto Wavetable’s Oscillator tabs, and use it as a wavetable. By default, the wavetable is processed and smoothed. However, Wavetable also provides a “Raw” decoding option.
  • Added a new “Rand” modulation source to Wavetable’s MIDI tab, which generates a random value when a note starts.
  • Introduced Delay, a new audio effect device for Live. Delay combines the functionalities of the Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay devices into one. Additionally, it provides the ability to modulate delay time and filter frequency with a built-in LFO.
  • Introduced Channel EQ. Channel EQ is a three-band equalizer focused on immediacy. It comes with a highpass filter toggle, a low shelf filter, a semi-parametric mid band and a hybrid high shelf/lowpass filter.
  • Added a Loop Mode chooser, Loop Time slider and Beat Sync/Rate slider to the Amplitude Envelope in Simpler’s Classic Playback Mode.
  • In the Echo device, the Dry/Wet knob now features a context menu to switch to “Equal-Loudness”. When enabled, a 50/50 mix will sound equally loud for most signals, instead of being attenuated.
  • When mapping a parameter to an empty macro, the macro assumes the full range of the target parameter, and will be set to the current value of the target parameter.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Introduced Wavetable, a new Instrument for Live. Wavetable is a dual oscillator wavetable synthesizer with flexible modulation, that brings harmonically rich and expansive modern sounds to Live’s sonic palette.
  • Introduced Echo, a new audio effect device for Live. Echo is a modulation delay that is capable of a wide range of sounds, from tape-saturated and bucket-brigade styles, right through to modern, clean and digital delays. Echo includes an LFO that modulates filter frequency and delay time, and an envelope follower that can be blended with the LFO. Noise and Wobble parameters simulate sound artifacts found in vintage delays. Also included are a distortion switch, a reverb, stereo width control, a ducking compressor, a gate, a feedback signal inversion switch, and a toggle for repitching and crossfading repeats.
  • Introduced Drum Buss, a new audio effect for Live. An analog-style drum processor, Drum Buss is designed to add body and character to a group of drums, while gluing them together in a tight mix. Drum Buss combines the most used drum processing tools into a single device, which includes distortion, a compressor, low-frequency enhancement, a transient shaper and a control for dampening high frequency response.
  • Introduced Pedal, a new audio effect device for Live. Pedal is a guitar distortion effect that can also be used in less conventional settings, e.g. as a standalone effect on synths or drums. Pedal has three different modes: Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz. Each mode was inspired by distortion pedals with their own distinct sonic characteristics, including: warm and smooth, tight and aggressive, and bluesy yet broken.
  • Introduced the improved Utility device for Live. The Gain control can now be adjusted from -infinite dB to +35 dB. The Left / Right Phase buttons now invert Utility’s input signal instead of its output signal. Furthermore, the layout has been redesigned to fit new features, including a Mono switch, a Bass Mono switch, a Bass Mono Frequency slider, a Bass Mono Audition button, and a Balance knob control (which replaces the Panorama slider). Older Sets will continue to sound the same due to an added legacy mode. Older Utility devices can be upgraded via a button in the title bar.
  • Extended EQ Eight’s minimum frequency down to 10 Hz.
  • When loading a short sample into an empty Simpler instance, Warp and Loop are now deactivated: only long samples inherit “Warp On” and “Loop On” from an existing audio Clip or a pre-existing *.asd file, as before. Additionally, when a sample is already loaded into Simpler, replacing it with a new one will retain all the previous settings related to warping or looping.

Interface

New in Live 10.1:

  • In the Arrangement, when only a few notes exist within a MIDI clip, they now appear in a larger size.
  • The status bar text shown after selecting MIDI notes in the editor has been improved, so that if only one note is selected, it does not display that as a range anymore.
  • In the Arrangement Overview, clips now always appear in the same color as in the Arrangement.
  • The Clip Overview in Session View now shows the entire song, and visually aligns with the Arrangement Overview.
  • On Windows, Live now respects the Control Panel’s “Choose how many lines to scroll each time” setting.
  • On Windows, the cursor that indicates that a breakpoint can be added is now white.
  • On Windows, entering Chinese, Korean or Japanese now works correctly.
  • Rubber-band selection now scales correctly on hi-dpi screens.
  • All zoomable components, including devices, support pinch to zoom on a supported trackpad / touch screen:
    • Pressing Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) while doing a pinch gesture in Arrangement view will zoom the Arrangement.
    • Pressing Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) while doing a pinch gesture in the MIDI Editor will zoom inside the MIDI Editor.
  • When using the pinch gesture or mousewheel + modifier to zoom in the Arrangement View or Detail View while Follow is enabled, Live will now always zoom to the playhead.
  • Single tracks now appear in a standby selection color, under certain circumstances:
    • When resizing an unselected track in the Arrangement, the track now appears as a standby selection. This is consistent with the behavior in Session View.
    • When selecting one or more tracks with a standby selection, the standby selection is now re-activated, instead of a single track being selected. This applies to both the Session and Arrangement Views.
    • When tabbing between the Session and Arrangement Views, selected tracks now appear in the standby selection color, even if they were just re-colored.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Introduced the new Ableton Sans font in Live.
  • Introduced new colors in Live 10’s color palette.
  • MIDI notes are now drawn in their clip color in the Note Editor.
  • Updated the appearance of clips in both Session and Arrangement View.
  • Introduced a set of four new themes in place of the previously available Live “skins”.
  • Introduced a preference to enable HiDPI mode on Windows. HiDPI mode can be enabled on Windows 10 via Live’s Preferences → Look/Feel → Enable HiDPI mode.
  • Introduced Pen Tablet Mode to Live’s Preferences. Pen Tablet Mode allows use of graphic tablets to meaningfully control Live’s UI. It replaces the “AbsoluteMouseMode” option.
  • Added a “Assign Track Color to Clips” menu item to the context menu of track headers.
  • Some of Live’s UI motion has been improved to move at 60 frames per second.
  • Added several visual improvements for Windows: the second window now shows the same menu bar as the main window. When the Alt key is pressed, no letters in the menu bar are underlined anymore.
  • There is always space reserved for the clip/device drop area in Session View to enable dragging and dropping there.
  • Enabled sample dots on the waveforms. When zooming in, users can now more closely see where their samples are on the Time Ruler.
  • It is now possible to reset knob and slider control values to their default value by double-clicking them (in the same way that the “Delete” keyboard shortcut works).
  • The state of the MIDI Editor’s Fold button is now set globally across all tracks, rather than per track. The Fold button can now be Key/MIDI-mapped.
  • The state of the MIDI Editor’s Preview switch is now set globally across all tracks, rather than per track.
  • Changed Fold button behaviour for MIDI clips on tracks that contain a Drum Rack: when Fold is deactivated, the MIDI Note Editor only shows rows with pitches corresponding to a pad with devices on it, and when Fold is activated, only rows containing notes are displayed.
  • On Windows, the preference to enable HiDPI is now enabled by default for new users of Live 10. Additionally, VST plugins which had UI issues on HiDPI screens in the default scaled mode now work out of the box as long as this is enabled. Please note that certain HiDPI plugins might require to manually disable scaling (via context menu) in order to use them on HiDPI screens.
  • On Windows, it is now possible to decide on a per plug-in basis how its GUI is scaled on HiDPI screens. This is achieved via a context menu by right-clicking on the plug-in device either in the browser or in the Detail View. By default, provided HiDPI is enabled in the Preferences, the plug-in window is scaled so that it has the proper size on HiDPI screens. If the setting is disabled, the plug-in will appear much smaller in size, but this helps in cases where the mouse would behave erratically when trying to interact with the plug-in UI.
  • Context menu items now react when the mouse is released, instead of after the initial mouse click. This makes it possible to drag away from a selection to cancel triggering an item, while keeping the context menu open.

Max for Live

New in Live 10.1:

  • Scale intervals can now be observed from Max for Live.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Max is now bundled in Live, and no longer requires a separate installation.
  • Max has been optimized so that devices load faster and use less CPU.
  • Max is now loaded at startup, instead of when the first Max device is loaded.
  • Added a set of Max for Live control and modulation devices to the Core Library. This includes:
    • Max Audio Effect Envelope Follower, LFO, Shaper.
    • Max MIDI Effect: Envelope, Expression Control, Note Echo.
  • Added a set of Max for Live Drum Synthesizers to Live. This includes:
    • DS Kick
    • DS Snare
    • DS Clap
    • DS HH
    • DS Cymbal
    • DS Tom
    • DS FM
    • DS Sampler

MIDI Editing

New in Live 10.1:

  • When committing a groove on a MIDI clip, a time selection is only made if notes were selected prior to committing the groove.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Introduced multi-clip editing.

Mixing

  • It is now possible to change a track’s Pan control to “Split Stereo Pan Mode”, via a context menu item. This both applies to both Arrangement and Session View.
  • It is now possible to route an individual Drum Rack pad’s audio output to one of its parent Drum Rack’s return chains. This allows these return chains to be used as mix buses.
  • The number of audio-in buses for plug-ins has been increased to a total of eight inputs.

Navigation

New in Live 10.1:

  • Pressing the ‘H’ key in Arrangement View will equally distribute your tracks across the available screen height.
  • Pressing the ‘H’ key in the Detail View will vertically fit the region that has notes.
  • A MIDI mappable button has been added next to the Arrangement Overview.
  • Pressing the ‘W’ key in Arrangement View will fit the whole song into view.
  • Pressing the ‘W’ key in the Detail View will horizontally fit the “audible range”.
  • A MIDI mappable button has been added next to the Arrangement Overview.
  • Pressing the ‘Z’ key in Arrangement view will zoom your selection and make it fit to the available screen space.
  • Pressing the ‘X’ key in Arrangement view will zoom out to the prior zoomed state, this action is repeatable until Arrangement view is zoomed out to default resolution.
  • Zooming in and out using the 'Z' and 'X' keys also works in the MIDI Editor.
  • Pressing Option (on Mac) or Alt (on Windows) and the ‘+’ or ‘-’ keys in the Arrangement view will change Arrangement track height.
  • Pressing Option (on Mac) or Alt (on Windows) and the ‘+’ or ‘-’ keys in the Detail view will change the height of Automation lanes.
  • Pressing the ‘F’ key while in Automation Mode temporarily show Clip fades.
  • Pressing the ‘S’ key in Session and Arrangement View is now used to solo tracks.
  • Pressing the ‘U’ key in the Arrangement View unfolds selected tracks.
  • Pressing the Option/Alt + ‘U’ key in the Arrangement View unfold Tracks all tracks of same type.
  • When moving through the Arrangement with the cursor keys, the view scrolls if necessary to keep the selected track visible.

New in Live 10.0:

  • Audio tracks will be automatically named by the clips that are added onto them. If there is a single session or arrangement clip in a track, then the name of the track will follow the name of that clip. If more clips are added, the track will stick with whatever name it took when there was only one clip. If all clips are removed from the track, the track will return to its default name.
  • Dragging clips from an existing track to the clip/device drop area creates a new track with those clips, and also the devices from the original tracks.
  • Audio effects can now be dragged to the Master track’s Scene Launch area in Session View.

Plug-in Support

New in Live 10.1:

  • Introduced support for VST3.
  • All plugin settings now appear in a dedicated “Plug-Ins” tab in the Preferences.
  • Introduced system folders for VST3 plug-in scanning. Also added a button to the “Plug-Ins” Preferences tab to enable and disable system folders.
  • Introduced sidechain support for all plug-in architectures, and added a sidechain view to the left of the X/Y control in the plug-in device view.
  • Additional audio input and output buses from VST3 plug-ins can be used from track “Audio To” and “Audio From” routing choosers, as with VST2 and AU plug-ins.
  • For VST3 plug-ins with less than 65 parameters, the parameters are now auto-assigned after instantiation. Also, when copying a VST3 plug-in or loading a Set with VST3 plug-ins, the parameter assignment (and value) is retained. Furthermore, VST3 parameter automation is now available.
  • VST3 plug-ins are now scanned via a separate background process. Plug-ins that crash during the scanning process no longer cause Live to crash. In addition, Live will not wait during startup for the plug-in scan to finish, which means having a large number of installed plug-ins will not slow down Live anymore (this is only implemented for VST3 for now). The background scanning can be disabled with the debug option “-DisableBackgroundPluginScanner”.

Push

New in Live 10.1:

  • New scales are visible on Push, and some existing scales have been renamed.

New in Live 10.0:

  • It is now possible to convert audio to MIDI from Push, using the Convert button.
  • Introduces a root level Collections folder for color labels/collections in the Push 2 browser in Live 10.
  • It is now possible to arm a track with one hand via Push 2 by holding the respective track’s selection button.
  • Control Surfaces are now available when Live runs as a ReWire slave. This applies to both Push 1 and 2 as well.
  • Added Split Stereo Pan Mode to Push 1 and 2. When Split Stereo Pan Mode is active while in Global Mix Mode, the current pan value is displayed but the pan dial is inactive. In Track Mix Mode, either the pan dial or stereo pan sliders are shown, depending on the active pan mode.
  • Nested chains can now be displayed, folded and unfolded on Push 2.
  • The Repeat button’s state and setting is now remembered for each track.
  • Enabled the Push 2 display process to run on the integrated GPU on dual-GPU hardware on macOS.

Instruments & Effects

  • Added visualization of Wavetable’s oscillators and filter curves to Push 2 along with the capability to assign modulation to the active parameter.
  • Added visualization of Echo’s time tunnel and filter curves to Push 2.
  • Added visualization of EQ Eight’s frequency spectrum to Push 2.
  • Added a new parameter layout and a visualization of Compressor’s Activity View to Push 2 along with the capability to configure a sidechain routing.
  • Added a visualization of Operator’s Envelopes to Push 2.
  • Added a visualization of Simpler’s Envelopes to Push 2.
  • Filter curves are now available for Simpler on Push 2.
  • Improved waveform drawing performance for Push 2.
  • Added bipolar dials to devices on Push 2. Previously, only Mix Mode made use of bipolar dials.

MIDI Clip Mode

  • Notes are now shown in Push 2’s Clip Mode, when a MIDI clip is selected. The velocity of each note is also indicated by the note’s opacity.
  • It is now possible to crop a MIDI Clip from Push 2’s Clip Mode.

Note Layouts

  • Introduced a new note layout mode on Push, consisting of a 32-step sequencer on the top half of the pad matrix and 32 notes on the bottom half. Users can press pads in the lower section to select which notes to add via the step sequencer, in the upper section. Users can see, add, and remove pitches from steps by holding the respective pads.
  • Added a loop selector to the 32-pad melodic step sequencer layout. Users can access it by holding the Layout button on Push 2 or holding the Note button on Push 1.
  • On Push 1 and 2, layouts are now remembered per track.
  • The Loop Selector has been removed from the Melodic Sequencer on Push 1 and 2 to allow sequencing of eight notes at a time. The Loop Selector is accessable by momentarily holding the Note button (Push 1) or Layout button (Push 2).
  • When using the 16 Velocities layout, holding the “Note” button on Push 1 or “Layout” button on Push 2 now toggles the Loop Selector.
  • When using the 16-pad layout in Drum Racks and Simpler’s Slicing Mode, holding the “Note” button (Push 1) or “Layout” button (Push 2) momentarily toggles the 16 Velocities layout.
  • It is now possible to access the Loop Selector while in 64-pad layout by holding the “Note” button (Push 1) or “Layout” button (Push 2).
  • Pressing “Shift”+“Note” (Push 1) or “Shift”+“Layout” (Push 2) now locks the selected layout’s alternate layout. This removes the need to hold the “Note” or “Layout” button, freeing up that hand for other tasks. Pressing “Note” (Push 1) or “Layout” (Push 2) again unlocks the alternate layout.
  • It is now possible to duplicate the content of a sequencer page on Push, by holding “Duplicate” and using the Loop Selector.
  • When using 64-pad layout, holding the “Note” button (Push 1) or “Layout” button (Push 2) momentarily toggles the Loop selector.

Setup

  • It is now possible to set names for mono or stereo input and output channels from the Input/Output Config preferences window. These names appear in all Input/Output Channel chooser dropdowns.
  • It is now possible to choose between different metronome sounds from the Metronome’s context menu.
  • It is now possible to select a different tick interval for the Metronome, via its pull-down and context menus.
  • Added a new “Enable only while recording” menu item to the Metronome’s pull-down and context menus.
  • The Computer MIDI Keyboard is now always off at application launch. It can now be toggled with the “M” key.
  • On Windows, authorizing Live after reinstalling your operating system does not require to use up another authorization.
  • Updated FLAC to 1.3.2 and enabled code optimizations.
  • Live no longer forces macOS to use the discrete graphics card in Multi-GPU machines such as MacBook Pros. This reduces energy use and heat, and improves battery life.

Sound

  • Added new Essential Instruments packs:
    Standard and above: Drum Essentials
    Suite and above: Synth Essentials, Drum Booth and Electric Keyboards
  • Added new Curated Collections sound packs of drum kits, Instruments and loops to each edition:
    Intro and above: Chop and Swing
    Standard and above: Skitter and Step
    Suite and above: Build and Drop, Glitch and Wash, Drive and Glow, and Punch and Tilt
  • The Core Library has been updated and reorganized.
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