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8.2.6 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Added support for Novation Impulse controllers.


  • In Live 8.2.5, it was not possible to try Amp or Max for Live.

8.2.5 Release Notes

Live 8.2.5 introduces compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Note for Max for Live users: please update to Max 5.1.9 to ensure Max for Live compatibility with OS X 10.7 Lion.

Improvements and feature changes

  • MIDI sync has been improved when Live is a MIDI clock slave
  • Imported tracks (from the Live Browser) now route to Master if their original output routing can't be resolved, instead of "Sends Only."
  • The default for the Takeover mode in the MIDI Preferences is now Value Scaling instead of Pick-up.
  • We now prevent choosing the root of the system hard drive (or the Windows system folders on Windows machines) as the third-party plugin location. Doing that would crash Live on startup, because these folders contain files that are interpreted as third-party plugins.


  • Live would freeze and crash on OS X Lion when sending MIDI data to any MIDI port.
  • Under certain conditions, quantizing transient markers could lead to overlapping warp markers, which would cause various problems when editing the warp marker or its segment BPM value.
  • Under certain conditions, the "Transient"-based Beats warp mode would play double attacks. With this bug fixed, it is possible that some clips sound different.
  • Excluding a plug-in from the scan process didn't work if Live crashed because of the first scanned plug-in, after enabling the VST plug-in source via Live's Preferences (Mac only).
  • Rendering a Live Set containing an EQ3 at sample rates below 44.1 KHz would result in an audio file containing pure silence.
  • Fixed a crash when loading a Live 7 Set with invalid clip color information in Live 8.
  • Detail view appeared empty after Hot-Swapping an unfolded Rack, because devices were scrolled out of view.
  • Infinitely long clips would be created if rewinding the global transport while making a new recording.
  • Track names could be incorrectly displayed when unfolding a Live set in the Live Browser. This only happened for "automatic names" that tracks get from the Instrument they contain. For Live Sets saved in earlier versions, names of tracks containing Racks, Max for Live devices or third-party plugins may still look wrong. Re-saving the Sets will fix the problem.
  • Some Operator presets could sound different when loading them, and then creating or moving a track.
  • The Frontier Design Tranzport was not getting updated when switching tracks.
  • The green zoom button was sometimes disabled when using Live with Mac OS X.
  • Resuming a clip in Session view while the track is armed but OVR is OFF could result in the clip not playing its notes.
  • Toggling OVR ON and OFF doesn't create an UNDO step anymore
  • Certain Library content wasn't usable for Live Intro users since version 8.2.
  • Enabling a clip loop via the loop switch or the Set Loop Length button would sometimes stop the clip.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when hot-swapping a certain Drum Rack pad.
  • Eleven additional crashes were also fixed.

8.2.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Added bank names for Amp instant mapping, which in turn fixes a problem with the Axiom DirectLink control surface.
  • Fixed problems with the Mbox2 related to non-integer sample rates.
  • Added control surface support for Akai Professional LPD8.
  • From now on, betas will ask to check for updates only once a week, and starting a week after first run.
  • the "Peek" button on the Axiom Pro now works as a momentary control

Max for Live improvements and feature changes

(Note: Most of these changes require an update to the latest version of Max, which is available from

  • Devices inside Racks can now be accessed via the Max for Live API
  • Return tracks can now be observed via the Max for Live API

Live devices and parameters can now be much more easily mapped to controls in Max devices. Devices can safely be moved within a Live Set without breaking any existing mappings. Also, devices and Sets can be saved and loaded without breaking existing mappings. The following changes make this possible:

  • There is now a simple way to observe the selected parameter via the Max for Live API, using "live.path live_set view selected_parameter." This can be used, for example, to build a custom "map mode" to quickly map parameters in your Live Set to controls in a Max device.
  • Live objects like tracks, clips or parameters retain their identity (id nn) during operations like move, save/restore, cut/paste, delete/undo, the identity is global and can be communicated via Max's Send and Receive objects.
  • live.object, and live.remote~ are now able to remember their target objects when Live sets or presets are saved and restored or when objects are moved within the Live set.
  • Ableton protected samples can now be used in Max for Live device, via the Live.drop object
  • fixed a bug where clip slots would lose their id on moving a clip
  • fixed navigating and observing control surfaces via the LiveAPI
  • Repeatedly calling "goto control_surfaces" on a live.path object was producing a different id each time
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when deleting a Rack containing a Max for Live device, where a Remote~ was controlling one of the Macro knobs, and then Undoing the delete action
  • Navigating the Live Object Model is about two times faster
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when moving tracks that contained automated Max for Live devices
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when replacing one Max for Live device with another if certain modulations existed
  • If a native Ableton device has parameters that are mapped to a Max for Live device, the mappings will be preserved after hot-swapping the Ableton device
  • The Track/Chain Activator and Song Tempo are now accessible via the "selected_parameter" property and their path can be queried
  • "live_app" and "live_app view" can now be persistent in the Max for Live API
  • Mapping some mixer component on the APC40 (for example) through the Max for Live API wouldn't work without pressing the Pan or Send button on the APC40, which reset the component. This has been fixed.
  • "goto live_set tracks 2 devices" in a set with one track produced id -1, which is wrong. Now it produces id 0.
  • If the LOM id of the observer is persistent, the property of an observed LOM object is persistent, even if it is dynamically changed using a message.
  • Max for Live devices that control the Application objects (e.g. live_app (live_app view)) or which get information about the Live version and document name (e.g. get_major_version (focus_view)) will work when loading the Set, without requiring user interaction.


  • Fixed a problem with nested Macro mappings when the range of a mapped ON/OFF switch, or of a selector switch (such as a filter type switch), is not at default values. In such a case, the right value would be displayed, but the wrong value would be used internally.

Note: with this fix, you will now hear what you see, although this may mean that previously saved Sets that contained the bug may sound different.

  • Deleting time in the Arrangment View could delete crossfades in certain cases.
  • When using an APC40 and Scratch Live, Scratch Live would sync to the APC but would not initially show the return tracks .
  • If the VST plug-ins folder contained shorcuts/aliases to files in another location on disk, the folder would be rescanned each time Live starts. This has been fixed.
  • When launching a scene with via Key/MIDI mapping or a control surface such as the APC40 while "Select on Launch" is enabled, the Master track became selected. This would result in the selected device switching to the device on the Master track. Now, launching a scene via remote control behaves the same as when launching with the mouse; the device selection doesn't change.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when clicking the status bar, while it displays "Media files are missing", and just after having adjusted a Macro knob.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when adding an audio clip, scrubbing in the clip detail view, and pressing Undo while the mouse was still down for scrubbing.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching between certain audio interfaces on a Mac
  • updated Complex Pro libraries to prevent a potential crash
  • fixed Transport button behavior for the Akai MPK61 and 88
  • fixed a crash that could occur when opening very large Live Sets
  • fixed a crash that could occur when a clip referencing a sample was in the clipboard and when pressing the Edit button (in the File Manager or Clip View) to set the sample offline and then on again
  • Holding a note while recording a MIDI clip and stopping the transport while the note is held would result in a silent note during play back
  • If a clip was in Gate Mode, releasing the trigger key within the launch quantization period would still launch the clip
  • Fixed a bug that caused a clip in Gate launch mode to continue playing after clicking another clip for a very short time
  • Fixed a bug in how MIDI effect Racks handle latency. Now chains compensate properly against each other

8.2.1 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Improvements to Amp presets including better folder organization, additional guitar and bass amp presets and various other changes.
  • Improvements to sound quality in Drum Machines.
  • Performance optimizations on many Rack presets.
  • Many delay devices now use the "Fade" Delay Transition mode, to avoid clicks.
  • All Latin Percussion sounds are additionally available as chromatically tuned Simpler presets.


  • Amp is now available in the trial version of Ableton Suite.
  • Removed duplicate Amp presets.
  • Fixed Hot-Swap behavior for a number of Session Drums and Drum Machines presets.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the use of soundcards with only one input on OS X.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when using a ReWire slave such as Reason and manipulating devices in the slave that were referred to by clips in Live.

8.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Support for The Bridge, our collaborative project with Serato. The Bridge is free for users of Live/Suite 8. More info about The Bridge
  • Amp, an audio effect that models guitar amps and cabinets. Amp is free for Suite users. More info about Amp
  • Some changes were made to the Help Pages regarding how to report a crash and how to contact support. When restarting Live after a crash, Live produces a file named "Ableton Crash Report... .alp", whereas choosing "Get Support.." in Live's Help menu produces a file named "Ableton Status Report... .alp".


  • Improved compatibility for Antares Harmony VST. Now the plugin works in Stereo mode only when inserted in a track, while previously its 5 channels were active in such a case.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Live from deleting temporary Projects.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur with a combination of control surface selected in the Preferences, Ableton devices moved from track to track, and then tracks moved to different positions.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after undoing the move of a track containing a clip into a group track, which occurred with a specific state of the Live Set.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when entering mapping mode while a Max for Live device was in the clipboard.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred after triggering a 'stop slot' and recording outside the punch region.
  • Fixed a crash happening after pressing Del (return to default) after editing the volume of at least two Rack chains at once.
  • Fixed a crash that would happen while Live is slaved, and opening a Live Set containing a MIDI clip ready to Overdub, which would try to be triggered when loading the Set, before the undo history is ready.
  • Fixed a bug that would create corrupt documents if the user uses 'Save a Copy' but overwrites the original Live Set, then tries to restore that Set after a crash. Now, overwriting the current Set using 'Save a Copy' does the same thing as 'Save'.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred while remotely changing scenes while editing some clip property.
  • Core Audio driver is now listening for external sample rate changes, on the Mac.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after undoing the pasting of an Instrument into an empty MIDI track. The crash could happen in other ways too, but that's the easiest to describe.
  • In some cases Live could crash when loading a document that overcomes limitation (like a Live set containing Operator on a computer where Operator is not unlocked).
  • Fixed a crash caused by a rounding error, causing some memory corruption
  • It was previously not possible to map a track group slot when the group track was unfolded, because the selection spreads over the whole local scene. Now the selection changes upon entering map mode, or when existing it, allowing to map the slot, and restoring the correct selection when done.
  • Fixed a crash that happened when moving a Max for Live device containing a "getpath" object to another track.
  • Live could hang changing clip parameters while jumping in the song while recording.
  • On some systems, Live is able to create Live packs that exceed 2 Gb, but could not read them. This is fixed by upgrading our packing Libraries.
  • Fixed a crash that happened in rare cases (revealed by using The Bridge, but it is not directly related to it) when trying to insert a first warp marker in an audio recording.
  • Fixed a crash happening when some MIDI targets where not available anymore but called. For example, it happened when having 2 MIDI clip selected in Session view, in a track containing at least a device, and then flattening the track.
  • Fixed a crash happening when rebuilding the set from the Undo history, related to 3rd devices.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when trying to open a certain kind of corrupt document
  • Disabled editing the value of a VST plug-in parameter via the computer keyboard (only in the Ableton view of the plugin, not in the plugin's own interface). The VST specification doesn't allow Live to set the value correctly.
  • Fixed a crash that happened on a Mac whenever the number of channels for the opened audio interface would change. For example, changing the sample rate for some devices would implicitly change the number of inputs and/or outputs.
  • Fixed the drawing of notes while recording a MIDI clip in the Arrangement view.
  • Fixed many issues that caused memory corruption when using Complex Pro. A bug that made 192Khz files sound distorted when stretched with Complex Pro has also been corrected.
  • Fixed the display of looped MIDI clips in the Arrangement, which was a regression due to a fix that made MIDI notes draw correctly while recording (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=149012)
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when uninstalling a Live Pack and making the Library unavailable, by unplugging the external drive it is on, for example.
  • Fixed a crash that happened when using "dead keys" in message boxes, like pressing "z" when the "Do you want to save this Live set" dialog box was displayed.
  • Fixed a crash which was triggered by moving a fader or knob on a MIDI controller while in MIDI learn mode, and quitting Live at the same time.
  • Fixed a crash happening when having an incoming MIDI mapped message that would reach Live while loading a document. This had to do with the Undo history not yet being created, while the incoming message needed to access it.
  • Fixed Japanese text input. It was not possible to rename tracks with Japanese characters, for example.