What’s new in Live 11

Create your perfect take

Take recording and comping

Live organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. Pick the best moments of each performance and combine them to create your perfect take. Or approach sound design in a new way by splicing together random samples from your library.

Linked-track editing

Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously. This makes editing multi-tracked instruments or performances with multiple musicians easy and fast whilst keeping everything in time across tracks. This feature also works for MIDI tracks.

Add more feeling to your music

Use your MPE-capable controller

Plug in your MPE-capable controller and immediately add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord. Add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures.

What is MPE?

MPE stands for MIDI Polyphonic Expression. This way of using MIDI allows MPE-capable devices to control multiple parameters of every note in real time for more expressive instrumental performances.

Live 11’s Note Expression View, showing changes in pitch, slide and pressure

Note Expression View

Edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of your takes. Or take your sound design further by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.

Wavetable, with the MPE window open

More expressive sounds included

Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator are all updated to support MPE. And Live comes with MPE presets for each device that bring new dimensions of interaction and playability to your sound. The new expressive possibilities also enable polyphonic aftertouch on Push.

Experiment with new devices

Hybrid Reverb

Hybrid Reverb combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs. Place your sounds in any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality. Use the algorithmic side to add control and modulate the reverb tail, run it in parallel or in series with the convolution side, or play Hybrid Reverb like an instrument for real-time sound design.

Hybrid Reverb
Hybrid Reverb

Spectral Resonator

Breaks the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials, then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or a note in subtle or radical ways. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.

Spectral Resonator
Spectral Resonator

Spectral Time

Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency-based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effects. The Freeze function captures and holds a slice of audio – either free-running or in time with the beat – for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.

Spectral Time
Spectral Time

PitchLoop89

Create jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato with this Max for Live pitch shifting device created in collaboration with Robert Henke and inspired by the Publison DHM 89 – an early digital effects processor. It’s a flexible tool to add character to sounds in the studio, or for in-the-moment experimentation onstage.

Inspired by Nature

Six playful instruments and effects created in collaboration with Dillon Bastan that use natural and physical processes as their inspiration.

Play: Vector FM
Vector FM

Vector FM – Manipulate different combinations of FM oscillators represented by moving particles – play with movement and voices to create evolving modulations and textures.

Play: Vector Grain
Vector Grain

Vector Grain – A granular looper that visualizes sound modulation by moving particles on the interface – play with attraction and magnetism or loop the particles through a flow field.

Play: Vector Delay
Vector Delay

Vector Delay – Each visualized particle in this multitap delay device represents a different delay line – create pitch shifting or reverse delay effects with movement controlled by physical forces.

Play: Emit
Emit

Emit – This visual granular synthesizer uses particles shooting across a spectrogram to show the grain of a sample being played, while vertical movements represent filtering and panning.

Play: Tree Tone
Tree Tone

Tree Tone – Grow different fractal patterns inspired by plants, then use them as resonators for internally generated noise or incoming audio.

Play: Bouncy Notes
Bouncy Notes

Bouncy Notes – Bounce balls up and down a piano roll to create pitch shifting delay effects or arpeggiation with this gravity-based MIDI sequencer.

Do more on stage

Play video: A producer and drummer duo show tempo following and Macro improvements in action

Tempo Following

Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow. When you DJ, you can even turn Live into a tempo-synced FX box.

An Instrument Rack and Audio Effect Rack showing saved Macro variations

Macro Snapshots

Store the state of your Macros for later recall – perfect for creating instant variations to your sounds or builds and drops during performance.

Rack improvements

Configure your Racks to have between 1 and 16 Macros. Randomize the state of your Macros with the randomization button. Map this control to MIDI and perform drastic changes in real time to surprise your audience and yourself.

Be unpredictable

A MIDI clip showing the option to randomize the probability a note will play

Note chance

Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time.

Velocity chance

Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.

Live 11 in Session View, with eight clips selected and the Follow Actions menu displayed

Do more with Follow Actions

Follow Actions can now be linked to the clip length, making it faster to create interesting sequences of clips. Scene Follow Actions let you create evolving arrangements. You can also set Follow Actions to jump to specific clips and enable and disable Follow Actions globally.

Work with new sounds

New instruments

Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio, these three Instrument Packs bring the dynamic chamber ensemble textures to any production.

Upright Piano

Upright Piano infuses your productions with the natural warmth of an upright piano. Close-recorded for an intimate feel, this classic sound is at home in many styles of music – whether it’s used at its purest in a folk song or transformed in an electronic track.

Brass Quartet

Feature a rich blend of trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor horn and trombone in your music. The instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of this brass quartet’s instrumentation.

String Quartet

From delicate pizzicato droplets to full, vibrant layers, get the authentic timbres and textures of a string quartet. This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration.

New Curated Collections

These Packs capture the musical threads that tie evolving styles and scenes together. Each is a curated selection of instruments, clips and samples that share a common sonic theme.

Voice Box

Voice Box invites you to get inventive with vocals. This Pack features a comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.

Mood Reel

Set the scene with a collection of sounds for making music with a modern narrative feel. Evocative layered instruments combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.

Drone Lab

Drone Lab is a place of sustain. Weave complex, evolving threads through your productions with tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.

Live 11 is coming in early 2021

See all new features in Live 11

A mixer, percussion instruments and a laptop with Live 11, shot from above

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