Live 12 Beta Release Notes

12.0.5b6 Release Notes

May 23, 2024

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug where navigation with the arrow keys from a scene to the clip slots was not possible if return tracks were folded. Now the selection is moved to the last track before any hidden return tracks.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Crossfader horizontal slider to be misaligned if the Main track was wider than the default size.
    Fixed a bug where a configured plug-in parameter value would become locked when clicking in the middle of the parameter’s horizontal slider.

12.0.5b5 Release Notes

May 17, 2024

New features and improvements:

  • Accessibility: Status indicators in the Modes and Monitoring control groupings are now accessible to keyboard and screen reader users. Activating them with the Enter key or pressing them via screen reader will cause Live to announce the time in seconds since the last message which caused the LED to flash.
  • Live’s Preferences menu has been renamed as “Settings”.
  • Updated various software texts in English.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug where chain lists in Racks would become slightly misaligned when switching the Show Scroll Bars option between When Scrolling and Always.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur in rare cases when audio with infinite volume was routed into Live.
  • Fixed the behavior of commands when the content menu is opened via the computer keyboard in audio and MIDI clips so that auto-warp commands, such as Set 1.1.1 Here or Warp From Here, now use the current position of the insert marker.
  • Fixed a bug where some Live Clips based on locked Racks, such as Grain Slap 136 bpm.alc, would fail to open in certain Live editions.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented options in the context menu of audio and MIDI clips from working as expected when the menu was opened using the computer keyboard and a clip start marker or the loop brace was selected.

12.0.5b4 Release Notes

April 25, 2024

New features and improvements:

  • Updated the What’s New in Live Help View lesson.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a visual issue where text would be cut off when renaming Arrangement locators.
  • In the Max for Live API, the performance when calling API functions with large dictionaries as inputs (e.g. apply_note_modifications) has been greatly improved.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when moving a group track and then undoing that action in certain scenarios.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when dropping a file into the File Manager when replacing missing files in a Set.
  • Accessibility: Fixed an issue that prevented the Live 12 Trial from being authorized when using certain screen readers on Windows.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when replacing a missing sample in Simpler via the File Manager.
  • Fixed a visual issue that caused the initial layout of the Main track to be misaligned when the “Show Scroll Bars” option was set to “When Scrolling”.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when quitting Live.
  • Updated the bundled Max version to 8.6.2 hot fix release 3191a3e. This fixes the following issue: Live no longer requires admin credentials when launched from a secondary user account.
  • Fixed an alignment issue in Live’s Audio Preferences when the warning dialog about configuring inputs/outputs was shown.
  • Fixed a bug in the Stacks MIDI Tool that caused the Root parameter to behave erratically when using Drum Racks. Now the parameter stops at the last pad in the Rack as expected.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when resizing multiple clips on different tracks, undoing the action, and then resizing again.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when resizing the video window on Windows.

12.0.5b3 Release Notes

April 5, 2024

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug where a Similarity Search could not be triggered using the View menu or the context menu in the browser when the file has not been analyzed in the background.
  • Fixed a bug that would display the class name of a Max for Live MIDI Tool in the Status Bar instead of the Tool's actual name.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Follow System" option for the "Show Scroll Bars" Display & Input Preference was ignored when starting Live for the first time.
  • Fixed a crash that would sometimes occur when moving tracks with the keyboard using the [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) key with arrow keys.
  • The Randomize Velocity option now works as expected again.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a bug that caused Live to lose focus in the Preferences dialog.
  • The Pitch effect will now always appear the same width regardless of whether it is locked to a control surface (i.e., regardless of whether the hand icon is showing in the title bar).
  • The default save locations for Max for Live MIDI Tools are now set to User Library/MIDI Tools/Transformations and User Library/MIDI Tools/Generators.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when redoing the action of moving a group track that contains an Instrument Rack device.
  • Fixed the following keyboard input issues:
    • Typing a space as the first character no longer enters edit mode on enumeration value sliders and doesn't block the global play/stop command.
    • Typing a value that is outside of the available choices now correctly has no effect. Previously, the invalid value would be stuck in the edit field.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when loading certain Max for Live devices with MIDI routings.
  • In MPE Control and Expression Control, fixed an issue where two-breakpoint curves with the second breakpoint at the maximum values (127 127) would be slightly off.

12.0.5b2 Release Notes

April 2, 2024

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue that caused the beta version of Live to expire.

12.0.5b1 Release Notes

March 26, 2024


New Features and Improvements

Accessibility 

  • Accessibility: Mixed state of a control is now exposed to screen readers as "Mixed Value". For example, in a multiple clip selection, where loop is on in some clips and off in others, the state of the Loop switch in the Clip View will be announced as “Mixed Value”.

  • Accessibility: Screen reader announcements in the MIDI Note Editor now use a description of the time selection which is made specifically for screen readers, instead of using the generic description from the Status Bar. Additionally, times can be announced in seconds by enabling the “Speak Time in Seconds” option in the Accessibility menu, otherwise they will be announced in bars.
  • Accessibility: The Step Input Mode of the MIDI Note Editor now includes announcements for screen readers.
  • Accessibility: When the new option “Speak Time in Seconds” in the Accessibility submenu of the Options menu is enabled, time announcements in the Arrangement View timeline will be announced in milliseconds formatted as: hh:mm:ss:ms.
  • Accessibility: When arming tracks is disabled, the reason why will now be announced by screen readers. When any other menu command is disabled, screen readers will announce the command and “command not enabled”.
  • Accessibility: Added a new “Speak Extended MIDI Note Description” command to the Accessibility submenu within the Options menu. By default the command is enabled, but if deactivated, parameter names (e.g., "Duration", "Velocity", "Probability") are omitted in the screen reader announcements, as well as any probability values that are set to 100%.
  • Accessibility: When downloading Packs, the download status is now announced by screen readers.
  • Accessibility: Added basic keyboard navigation support and screen reader announcements for tabs in Live devices and Clip View.
  • Accessibility: Error messages displayed in the Status Bar are now announced by screen readers.
  • Accessibility: In the Stacks MIDI Tool, changes made on selected chord pads are now announced by screen readers.
  • Accessibility: The MIDI Note Editor now uses "MIDI Note Editor" as a role description for screen readers and is named based on the current clip and time selection.
  • Accessibility: Added some small improvements for keyboard navigation and screen reader announcements for a number of Live devices.
  • Accessibility - Added some improvements for MIDI Note selection announcements:

    • When selecting a MIDI Note with the keyboard while a note is already selected, the word “Select” will be omitted from the announcement.
    • When the note selection is expanded using the keyboard to include another note, there will be a unique “Add Note” announcement describing only the additional note.
    • Collapsing the note selection using the [Esc] or [Enter] key is announced as “All notes deselected”.
  • Accessibility: The Chord Selector Pads in the Stacks MIDI Tool now have unique labels for screen reader announcements.

Arrangement View 

  • In Arrangement View, if the mixer is not focused, the [CTRL][ALT][I] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][I] (Mac) keyboard shortcut will now toggle the visibility of the In/Out section in Arrangement Track Controls, while the [CTRL][ALT][R] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][R] (Mac) keyboard shortcut will toggle the visibility of the return tracks in Arrangement Track Controls.
  • The volume section of the mixer in the Arrangement View can now be resized by dragging its top border, like in the Session View.
  • Scrollable automation lanes in the Arrangement View will now only respond to mousewheel if their lane is highlighted.

Browser

  • In the Plug-Ins label of the browser, VST2 plug-ins are no longer displayed with an expandable folder icon.
  • In the browser, Creator tags for VST2 plug-ins are now automatically assigned.
  • It is now possible to group plug-ins into a folder based on the Creator tag in the Plug-Ins label of the browser. To do so, right-click on a plug-in and select “Group by Vendor.” If a plug-in does not have an assigned Creator tag, it will be displayed in a flat list below any grouped plug-ins.
  • The browser’s Plug-Ins label will now by default show plug-ins grouped by their Creator.
  • When deleting a tag, the confirmation dialog will now include a note informing the user that the tag is used in one or more custom labels.
  • In the browser, the context menu option "Show in Places" is now accessible when filtering or using Similarity Search inside Places and the Packs label.
  • Users can now reorder labels in the browser’s Library section, except for the All label, which is fixed.
  • Added additional tags to content in various legacy Packs.
  • Updated the Core Library:

    • Added Demo Set presets by Chuck Sutton.
    • Added new and refined Meld presets (Note Pitch Bend and Mod Wheel mappings).
    • Added tags for Devices and FX Racks like "Mixing & Mastering", "Vintage Emulation", "Live Control", "Performance & DJ"
    • Refined the Demo Set.

Clip View

  • When the Clip View is focused, the [ALT][+/-] keyboard shortcut can now be used to zoom in and out of the MIDI Note Editor.
  • Accessibility: Added screen reader support for audio clip markers in the Sample Editor, including warp markers, start and end markers, and loop start and end markers. Markers can be navigated with the [Tab] key and moved in time with left and right arrow keys.
  • Previously, undoing changes in MIDI Tools via the Undo command could be slow if the tool’s parameters had been significantly changed. Now, the undo action happens instantaneously.
  • It is now possible to drag up and down in the Strum Transformation’s display to adjust the value of the Tension parameter.
  • In the MIDI Note Editor, when key tracks are folded, any tracks that are left empty after applying Fit to Scale will now be automatically hidden.
  • In the Arpeggiate, Connect and Ornament MIDI Tools, the velocity and chance deviation values from the original notes are now applied to any new notes that are added from the note transformation.
  • The Arpeggiate, Ornament, Connect and Shape MIDI Tools now only generate notes in active key tracks when using Drum Racks.
  • When applying changes in the MIDI Note Editor with Arpeggiate, Connect, Stacks, or Ornament’s Grace Notes option with the key tracks in a folded state, the folded and unfolded key tracks will be updated dynamically in response to the changes in the MIDI Note Editor.
  • Holding [Shift] while pressing the Page Up or Page Down key will scroll the MIDI Note Editor vertically by one key track up or down.
  • In the Time Warp MIDI Tool, it is now possible to type values into the Breakpoint Time and Breakpoint Speed parameter fields using the keyboard.
  • The [CTRL][ALT][L] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][L] (Mac) keyboard shortcut can now be used to show and hide the Clip View and Device View.
  • The Add Interval Pitch Tool now works with key tracks when using Drum Racks.
  • When using the ×2 or /2 buttons or the Stretch dial in Clip View, the time selection (if any) will now be updated to stay in sync with the changes to note lengths.
  • It is now possible to type in values using the keyboard for the following MIDI Tool parameters when they are focused:

    • Seed - Min/Max Pitch or Key Track, Min/Max Duration
    • Shape - Min/Max Pitch
    • Rhythm - Pitch, Duration
    • Arpeggiate - Rate
    • Connect - Rate
    • Shape - Rate
    • Stacks - Root, Inversions
  • The following improvements have been added for sliders that control “enums” such as pitch or beat division sliders:

    • It is now possible to type the index of the item. For pitches, this means you can type the note number (e.g., 60) instead of the note name (e.g., C3).
    • Spaces are now supported for text input (e.g., “Hi Hat”).
  • In the Velocity lane, the Ramp Start Value control is now editable when a single note is selected in the MIDI Note Editor. When multiple notes are selected that start at the same time, only the Ramp End Value control is deactivated.

Devices

  • The Velocity MIDI effect is now easier to navigate using the computer keyboard. When using the [Tab] key to move focus through the controls, tabbing will go through each parameter in a column from top to bottom, and when the end of a column is reached, tabbing will move between columns from left to right.
  • The Pitch control in the Pitch device is now less sensitive when adjusting it with the mouse.
  • The Shepard’s Pi oscillator type in Meld has been optimized to use fewer CPU resources.
  • It is now possible to access device header tabs when navigating with the computer keyboard.
  • In Meld, added an Info View description for modulation sources, which appears when the user is hovering over the column headers in the Modulation Matrix.
  • The parameter dials in the CC Control device no longer respond sluggishly to mouse movements.
  • Some improvements for the Meld device:

    • The scaling of the global volume control has been improved.
    • The mixer meters now show the summed volume of the engine.
    • Aliasing artifacts in Meld’s Noisy Shapes oscillator are now reduced.
    • In Meld, the default envelope attack time value is now 1.00 ms.
    • Additional software text descriptions have been added for Meld’s oscillator macro controls, filters, and filter type parameters.
  • In Drum Racks, it is now possible to spell note names as MIDI numbers in the MIDI Note Editor. These numbers are also indicated in the Status Bar’s description of the drum pads.
  • After dropping something onto a Drum Rack pad, that pad will become selected.

Interface

  • Added some improvements to context menu entries in the Live UI:

    • The text of the entries is used more consistently in the different places where they appear, respecting the singular/plural forms whenever possible.
    • The "Crop" command is now available in the loop brace's context menu.
  • The "Crop" command can now be invoked in the Arrangement or Clip View with the [CTRL][Shift][J] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][J] (Mac) screenshot.
  • The Info View description is now shown for more context menu items.
  • When using any of the keyboard shortcuts for Similar Sample Swapping, the corresponding Swap to Next/Previous Sample buttons will flash to indicate the swap is being performed.
  • Made some improvements to Live’s UI:
    • The width of the Main track in the Session View can now be increased to allow for longer scene names.
    • The text editor for cue points is now wider by default, to allow for longer cue names.
  • The mixer peak hold time was reduced from 10 seconds to 2 seconds.
  • Highlighting and selecting tracks when using Solo and Track Activator buttons now work in a consistent way:

    • A track is highlighted when it is soloed in the Session or Arrangement.This behavior can be stopped by using the debug option NoHighlightOnSolo.
    • In Drum Racks, the chain is now selected when its pad is soloed. This behavior can be stopped by using the debug option NoHighlightOnSolo.
    • In Drum, Instrument, and MIDI Effect Racks, a chain is only selected if the chain's Solo or Track Activator buttons are turned on.
  • If the Show Scroll Bars option in the Display & Input Preferences is set to "When Scrolling", the scrollbars are now also displayed after hovering over the scrollbar area for a fraction of a second.
  • The “Show Scroll Bars” option in the Display & Input Preferences now includes a “Follow System” entry. When selected, the display behavior of scrollbars in Live will match whatever is specified in the OS system preferences.
  • When using the up and down arrow keys to adjust volume or level parameters in dB, values now change consistently in increments of 1 dB (or 0.1 dB when fine-tuning with the [Shift] modifier).

Max for Live

  • Updated the bundled Max 8.6.2 version to GM d076223:
    • Max 8.6.1 Max for Live Improvements:
      • amxd~: fixes issues related to setting a parameter with another parameter
      • live.* UI objects: improved unfocus behavior
      • live.remote~: normalization fallback for Live 11 and earlier
      • Max for Live: device window always opens on a display
      • Max for Live: modulator mappings are saved/restored
      • Parameter: clip modulation mode attribute defaults to 'Additive'
      • selector~/gate~/etc: fixed issues when audio is off in the Max for Live editor
      • Windows multitouch: fixed touch / drag in Max for Live devices
    • Max 8.6.2 Max for Live Improvements:
      • Dynamic Colors: loadtime performance improvements
      • jit.gl.text: fixed crash when freeing (fixes VectorMap crash)
      • Live.routing: sends if the port has no DeviceIO objects
      • Max for Live Device: dependency files are extracted to the correct location
      • Max for Live Device: fixed issues with file reorganization
      • Max for Live: Updated LOM documentation to the state of Live 12.0.x.
      • SVG: loadtime improvements
  • Users will now be able to see a live.line object in the Max for Live MIDI Tool templates, which indicates the lower visual boundary of a Max for Live Generator or Transformation.
  • Users who create their own Max for Live Note Transformations or Generators can now access the scale name when working with MIDI Tools, using the scale_name key. When there is no active scale, the value of the scale_name key will default to "Chromatic".
  • In the Max for Live API, added a new get/set/observe Song.scale_mode property that gives access to the Scale Mode toggle in Live.
  • The Max for Live window can now be opened from the View menu, even when there are no Max for Live devices in the Live Set. The associated keyboard shortcut is [CTRL][Shift][Alt][M] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][Alt][M] (Mac).
  • In Max for Live API, the Track class now has a gso property called back_to_arranger, which works similarly to Song.back_to_arranger but provides access to the Single Track Back To Arrangement feature.
  • Max for Live modulator devices now use less CPU power.
  • The following Looper properties are now available in the Max for Live API:

    • record
    • overdub
    • play
    • stop
    • clear
    • undo
    • half_speed/double_speed
    • half_length/double_length
    • record_length_index/record_length_list
    • overdub_after_record
    • loop_length
    • tempo

Session View

  • In an unfolded Session View Instrument Rack chain, dragging and dropping a device into the empty area below clip slots, will now only replace or insert the device in the chain where the new device is being dropped onto, rather than the parent chain.
  • Updated the behavior of the Scene Tempo and Scene Time Signature fields in the Main track:

    • Scene Tempo and Scene Time Signature fields in the main track are now visible by default.
    • The View menu Scene Tempo and Time Signature entry is now the main control for toggling visibility of the Scene Tempo and Scene Time Signature fields, with the state dictating whether extending the main track will re-display the fields.
    • The Scene Tempo and Time Signature command is now also available via the main track’s context menu.

Setup

  • Removed the restriction of eight hours of maximum recordable sample length. Live should now be able to record audio continuously for approximately 17 hours.
  • The audio test tone will now automatically stop when the Preferences window is closed.
  • Made the following changes to the Windows installer for Live:

    • The installer now supports HiDPI.
    • Two nested installers are no longer shown and all user interaction is done in one installer interface.
    • The Start menu entry is now installed per machine, i.e., for all user profiles. Previously, the entry would only appear in the Start menu of the installing user’s profile, even though Live was installed for all users.
    • Added a Launch button on the success page of the installer, which allows to directly launch the installed version of Live.
    • Fixed an issue where the icon of the Start menu shortcut was a placeholder until rebooting.
    • Fixed a bug where when replacing an existing installation, the entry listing the previous installation would remain in Windows's "Add/Remove Programs".

Tuning Systems

  • The tuning system name displayed in the Tuning section of the browser and the Info View header no longer shows the “.ascl” or “.scl” extension. Note that Live Sets created in 12.0 that have a tuning system loaded will still display the tuning system name with the corresponding file extension until the tuning file is reloaded.
  • When a tuning system is loaded and the Bypass Tuning toggle is enabled on a MIDI track, the Track Tuning MIDI Controller Layout and Configuration options are now greyed out.
  • It is now possible to adjust the lowest and highest notes in a tuning system, allowing for a range of fewer than 128 notes. When setting the lowest note, the total number of notes is maintained, and the highest note is shifted to keep the range intact. Setting the highest note lets you decrease the range to less than 128 notes. If you attempt to increase the highest note beyond the current 128-note range, the lowest note will automatically adjust to maintain the maximum range of 128 notes.
  • If a custom controller layout becomes invalid due to switching to a tuning system with incompatible values, the invalid values will now be grayed out in the layout customization dialog.

Bugfixes

Live Bugfixes

  • The Scale Mode toggle in the Control Bar now has an outlined focus frame when it is focused using keyboard navigation.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Meld’s limiter to distort.
  • The Filter On/Off toggle in the Corpus effect no longer displays incorrect text.
  • Made the following minor adjustments to Roar’s UI:

    • Correct background colors are now used for the breakout view meters.
    • The filter types labels now use all capital letters.
  • In Session View, when hovering above the chain volume sliders in an expanded chain mixer, the cursor is changed to a double-arrow to indicate that the volume section can be resized by dragging up or down.
  • Accessibility: Improved screen reader announcements for note velocity.
  • The UI panel in the Tuning section now uses the correct color.
  • If the Show Scroll Bars preference is set to When Scrolling, scrollbars will now be shown when scrolling occurs while dragging and dropping content.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a bug where changing the label section in the browser using object navigation from a screen reader wouldn’t update the content list.
  • Fixed an issue in Roar where animated UI widgets such as the shaper curve or filter curve would flicker at large buffer sizes.
  • It is no longer possible to tag factory Packs via the Tags Editor.
  • Fixed an issue where, depending on the total number of samples, performing with Round Robin in the Other mode would seemingly skip a sample.
  • Fixed a bug where the expanded view was missing a focus outline even when it was the active view.
  • Fixed a couple of small issues in Meld:

    • The Engine A/B Volume parameter can now be mapped to macros as normal.
    • The Oscillator Type list now wraps around when using the Previous and Next buttons.
  • When entering the name of a non-existent tag while searching for tags with the # symbol, a warning message is now displayed informing the user that a tag of that name does not exist. If the user presses Return at this point the search input will not be saved as a tag but remain in the search field as a plain text.
  • When applying a note transformation via a MIDI Tool that produces no visible change (such as quantizing a note that is already on the grid), a step is now generated in the undo history.
  • When running a similarity search from within an existing search, the browser will now scroll back to the top of the list of results instead of remaining at the position of the previous search.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented audio tracks over 2 GB from being frozen or consolidated.
  • Accessibility: Fixed an incorrect accessible name on the audio editor timeline in Clip View. Also cleaned up excess speech when navigating the audio editor.
  • Fixed an issue where adding a tagged item to the User Library or Collections would not display the associated tag in those locations until Live was restarted.
  • Fixed a bug in the Arrangement View mixer where double-clicking on a device in the browser to load it onto a selected Rack chain would insert the device after the Rack itself instead of the selected chain.
  • Fixed some UI layout issues in Live’s Preferences that caused some translated text to be cut off.
  • Fixed a bug in Plug-Ins Preferences that caused Live to scan for plug-ins even after canceling the folder chooser that opens after enabling the “Use VST2 Plug-In Custom Folder" or "Use VST3 Plug-In Custom Folder" option.
  • Fixed a bug where built-in devices that were saved to the Collections label in Live 11 would be shown as unloadable folders when displayed in Live 12.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred after dropping a sample onto a selected Drum Rack Pad that already contained an instrument.
  • Fixed two small bugs in the Roar device:

    • Values for the Blend parameter can now be set and adjusted using arrow keys.
    • The Noise modulator no longer resets to 0 when the device is reactivated.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when simultaneously selecting time or tracks in the Arrangement View while moving through tracks in the Arrangement mixer.
  • Fixed a bug where the oscillator transpose parameters on Push didn't have an effect when Meld was following the clip scale.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented cropped or reversed samples from being swapped out when using the Swap to Next/Previous Similar Sample buttons in Simpler.
  • Accessibility: The status of playing clips in Session View (e.g., playing, triggered, stopped) is now available via screen reader announcements.
  • When using a second window, the Clip View’s height will no longer reset after selecting an empty clip.
  • Accessibility: Screen reader announcements for track names now include their status, e.g., armed, soloed or frozen.
  • Roar now uses the correct UI colors when it is a part of an inactive group.
  • The browser now displays the message “No results” or “No content” more reliably.
  • Reduced the gap between Preference Page Chooser rows.
  • The CC Control MIDI effect is now available in all Live editions.
  • Accessibility: Added the following fixes:

    • Fixed a bug that caused some sliders to be inaccessible.
    • Fixed an issue that caused some sliders to be excluded from the "Speak Min and Max Values for Sliders" accessibility option.
    • Fixed a bug which caused some hidden controls to take screen reader focus.
  • Missing separator lines in the Audio and Link, Tempo & MIDI Preferences pages have been re-added.
  • In the Connect MIDI Tool, the correct Info View description is now shown for the Spread control when hovering over the space surrounding the control.
  • In the MIDI Note Editor, the time selection is now updated when inverting the note selection.
  • Accessibility: Fixed the following issues:

    • The controls in a device’s expanded view are now wrapped in a group.
    • Fixed a bug which caused some buttons to not have a name.
  • Fixed a bug where resizing the Arrangement mixer in a second window while the Clip and Device Views were expanded caused the second window to briefly and erratically change in height.
  • When quantizing note ends, if the nearest quantization point is over or before the note start, the note will now be quantized to the next quantization point. This prevents invalid note lengths.
  • Removed an internal-use parameter mistakenly displayed in envelope choosers for Analog, Electric, Collision, and Tension.
  • The Similar Sample Swap controls are now hidden in nested Drum Racks (i.e., a Drum Rack within a drum pad).
  • Fixed an issue where a multiple clip selection would start in a different clip slot than expected.
  • Fixed an issue that caused name fields in the CC Control device parameters, Rack macros, and Drum pads to be displayed slightly off-center.
  • When clicking on a slot or scene in the Session View while the mixer in Arrangement View was visible in another window, Live would scroll the Session View erratically and potentially start to drag content, leading to things like unwanted reordering of scenes or moving of clips. This behavior is now fixed.
  • The rows in the MIDI Input section of the Link, Tempo & MIDI Preferences are now aligned correctly.
  • Corrected the height of the bottom margin of a second window.
  • Fixed an issue that cause saved User Labels to display no results if the custom tag that was used to generate the contents within the label was renamed.
  • Fixed an issue on Windows that could cause Live to sporadically crash when exporting video.
  • Fixed a bug where the mixer volume section would disappear and it would be impossible to resize the mixer when the Live window was made smaller.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the [E] key actions (e.g., note splitting) from working in the MIDI Note Editor when in Live’s second window.
  • The device insert marker in Rack devices now uses the background color of the divider line between devices.
  • Fixed a bug where using Undo on moving warp markers would undo the movement in very small increments, requiring a lot of undo steps to get back to the previous state.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred due to invalid note lengths in the Arpeggiate MIDI Tool.
  • CC 119 is now part of the list of available CC Messages in CC Control.
  • In the Phaser-Flanger device, the color of the separator lines between different UI elements is now more visible in dark themes.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when using the Stacks MIDI Tool with a Drum Rack, where the Chord Root parameter would correctly refer to drum pads on the first chord's root pitch parameter, but would use note names instead after adding a new chord.
  • Fixed an issue with multi-clip editing where selected notes in non-focused clips would remain selected when interacting with the Velocity or Chance editors, even though those editors don’t show notes in non-focused clips.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented users from deleting automation breakpoints using the Delete command in the context menu.
  • Fixed a bug where extending the note selection with the shortcut [OPT][Shift] + down arrow key would not work correctly when two notes with the same pitch were selected.
  • Fixed an issue where the device expanded view would reopen after dragging it closed.
  • Accessibility: When using the Stacks MIDI Tool, the C# note on the Root Pitch dial is now announced as “C sharp” (previously the “sharp” was omitted).
  • Fixed an issue with spacing below the transport bar becoming too large when resizing the Clip View or device expanded view all the way to the top.
  • Accessibility: In MIDI Tools, the key names in pitch controls are now announced using the note name along with their corresponding spelling preferences (i.e., sharp, flat) and tuning options.
  • Fixed a UI issue that occurred when duplicating a device with an expanded breakout view.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Indexer to freeze while analyzing certain MP3 files on Windows.
  • Folder names containing the | character can once again be used in the browser.
  • On Windows, fixed an issue where the Status Bar would get cut off when the Live window was made smaller.
  • Fixed a few issues in the Recombine MIDI Tool:

    • The Rotate display doesn’t silently catch focus anymore, the focus goes to the Rotation Steps parameter.
    • If the number of rotate steps exceeds the maximum available, the selected bar is centered and is not displayed wider than usual.
    • After making a time selection, the bars in the Rotate display update correctly.
    • Fixed the software text for the Shuffle parameter.
  • Fixed a bug in the Arpeggiate MIDI Tool where generated notes would sometimes start at the edge of the input time range, causing generated notes to fall outside of the range.
  • When selecting a new lane to add from the lane selector in the MIDI Note Editor, the newly selected lane becomes the active lane and the controls at the bottom of the Editor are updated accordingly.
  • Updated the UI color of the Seed, Time Warp and Recombine MIDI Tools when the panels are deactivated.
  • Fixed an issue where Live could be installed on Windows computers that did not meet in the minimum system requirements, but would not start when the program was launched. Now, it is no longer possible to install the program at all if the system requirements are not met.
  • A grid settings chooser is no longer displayed in the header in unwarped audio clips.
  • Fixed some small issues when using the Add Interval option with Drum Racks or sampled instruments:

    • When not all key tracks are in use, Add Interval no longer generates notes on unused/invisible tracks.
    • The Interval parameter no longer shows a unit, e.g., “st” or “sd.”
  • Fixed an issue where the text in Live’s Preferences would be cut off in some languages.
  • Fixed an issue that caused vertical scrolling to move too fast when adjusting values in the MIDI Note Editor’s MPE and Envelopes view modes.
  • When using the Fold mode in the MIDI Note Editor, the Seed, Shape and Rhythm MIDI Tools will no longer automatically shrink key tracks by hiding unused tracks.
  • Fixed a performance regression that occurred when resizing tracks in the Session View with Sets containing hundreds of scenes.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a bug where toggling a checkable menu entry would incorrectly announce the new checked or unchecked state of the menu entry.
  • Fixed an issue on Windows where the title bar of Live’s window would be cut off when launching the program with a window size larger than the available screen size (for example, if the display scale setting was changed on Windows).
  • Fixed an issue where the Info View descriptions for parameters in the Euclidean and Velocity Shaper Generators were duplicated or missing in some cases.

Max for Live Device Bugfixes

  • Max for Live patches located in nested subfolders in the User Library will now correctly be listed in the Max for Live label as well.
  • Unmapping a Max modulation source from a Max for Live parameter now clears the modulation value.
  • Fixed a bug where the GUI of a Max MIDI Tool would remain accessible and editable even when the selected track was frozen.
  • Fixed visual glitches that occurred after clicking away from a Max for Live device or MIDI Tool, such as unnecessary triggering of note selection or drag behaviors in the MIDI Note Editor.
  • Fixed a bug that affected the load time of Live Sets containing certain Max for Live devices.
  • Fixed an issue where renaming a Max for Live file in the User Library made it impossible to load the same file from the Max for Live label.
  • Fixed the following issue with Max for Live devices:

    • Modulators can now only have one Map button active across all devices.
    • In DS devices voices are now never muted before the end of envelopes.
    • In Note Echo, fixed a bug where C-2 would not be echoed.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Save As dialog to be shown every time a user-created Max for Live MIDI Tool was saved using the regular “Save” command due to the default Max MIDI Transformation.amxd and Max MIDI Generator.amxd presets being marked as read-only.
  • Fixed a bug in DS Clap where the first note played after adding the device would have an unexpected sound.
  • Improved performance of Sets containing Max for Live instruments and audio effects.

12.0b29 Release Notes

February 20, 2024

Live - Bugfixes:

  • On Windows, the real time thread affinity setting is now deactivated by default as this could cause poor performance on new Intel processors that have performance and efficient cores. This issue caused a performance regression on Windows 10 specifically, if needed, Windows 11 users can enable the previous behavior using an Options.txt entry:
    -RestrictAudioCalculationToPerformanceCores=true

12.0b28 Release Notes

February 12, 2024

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a crash that occurred when a mapped Max for Live MIDI effect was deactivated and then deleted.

12.0b27 Release Notes

February 7, 2024

Live - New features and improvements:

  • Updated software text translations in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish have been added for Live 12 features.

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a crash that occurred in some circumstances when navigating the browser.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sampler to choose samples that were further away from the target pitch than necessary when playing multi-sampled instruments while using a tuning system. This could lead to poor sound results, especially with notes at the top and bottom of the keyboard.
  • Live 12 can now be authorized using Sassafras KeyServer.
  • Fixed some bugs in various Max for Live devices:
    • MPE Control: Fixed incorrect initialization of function when loading a preset.
    • MPE Control: Fixed restoring s-curve icon.
    • Shaper MIDI: Velocity influence now defaults to 0, to avoid confusion about the scaling of the waveform.
    • Expression Control: Fixed display issues on Push.
    • DS devices: Fixed occasional note truncation.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented some users from seeing tags in the browser.
  • Fixed an incorrect pitch in the 12 - Dastgah-e Rast-Panjgah.ascl tuning system file.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented factory content from being analyzed for sound similarity.

12.0b26 Release Notes

January 30, 2024

Live - New features and improvements:

  • Updated some software texts for various Live 12 features.

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to see the “See in Places” or “See in Finder” context menu options for Max for Live devices in the browser.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented tabbing between warp markers when the “Use Tab to Navigate” option was enabled.
  • Fixed an Indexer crash that occurred when scanning OGG/Vorbis files.
  • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when starting Live 12 after upgrading from Live 11.0 or earlier.
  • Fixed a bug in the Sampler device where the Loop Mode buttons were enabled even when no sample was loaded.
  • On macOS, fixed heavy flickering of the Glue compressor's UI when running on machines with AMD GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Main track to appear inside of grouped tracks when unfolding a Live Set in the browser.
  • Fixed the following issues with Max for Live devices:
    • Max for Live devices from factory packs are displayed in the Instruments, Audio Effects and MIDI Effects labels as expected.
    • Fixed a bug where presets of some Max for Live devices were displayed only in the Modulators section.
  • Fixed a bug where some AIFF files from Packs would be ignored for sound similarity analysis.
  • Browser labels now have the most relevant filters expanded by default when opening Live for the first time.
  • Fixed a bug where notes generated in a clip by a Max for Live MIDI Tool would sometimes be regenerated when adding or removing a device on the track.

Push - New features and improvements:

  • Improved how Push works with tuning systems:
    • When using no tuning system or a tuning system with twelve notes with identical intervals between adjacent notes (equal temperament), the full Scales menu is available.
    • When using a tuning system with twelve notes with differing intervals between adjacent notes (non-equal temperament), the root note selector is not available in the Scales menu.
    • When using a tuning system that is not built with twelve notes, the Scales menu is displayed in the same way as before for all tuning systems: with one list for configuring the interval between rows in semitones. The melodic layout on Push adapts depending on the selected configuration.
  • Users now can reset Roar’s Modulation Matrix from Push.
  • Note names on Push will now more closely match what is displayed in Live when using a tuning system. At the moment, not all aspects are taken into account, e.g., any per-clip note spelling setting will be ignored.
  • When using a tuning system that is not built with twelve notes, the layout option in the Scales menu uses a larger font and now includes a space between the number and the unit.

Push - Bugfixes:

  • The Preview and Collections buttons no longer overlap when using Push with Live 12.
  • Fixed the following issues with Roar on Push:
    • Inactive parameters can no longer be added to Roar’s Modulation Matrix.
    • The Filter Frequency in the Main bank now reflects the current stage selection.
  • On Push 2, the previous and next, Option, Enter and Color buttons are now shown in correct positions and display correct behavior.
  • Quickly hot-swapping devices no longer results in a crash when using Push with Live 12.
  • Pink track Arm buttons are now properly disabled in Live after unplugging Push 2 or Push 3 (in Control Mode).
  • On Push 2 and Push 3, fixed an issue with displaying the Load and Enter buttons and a problem with scrolling through Favorites.
  • Fixed a bug where the convert options as well as the currently selected device parameter in Device View weren't visible on Push’s display.
  • MPE pitch bend now works correctly in Operator when Push 3’s Note Pitch Bend mode is set to Automatic.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when authorizing different Live editions on Push 3.
  • Fixed a crash in Live that occurred when changing the scale root from Push 2 or 3.
  • Warping a long sample from Push will no longer crash Live.
  • Fixed a crash in Live that occurred when loading a Drum Rack from Push into a track that contained one or more clips.

12.0b25 Release Notes

January 23, 2024

Live - New features and improvements:

  • Meld presets with the BitGrunge oscillator now use less CPU power.
  • In Meld, the Bubble oscillator now uses less CPU power.
  • In Meld, the BitGrunge, FoldFM, HarmonicFM, SimpleFM, and Squelch oscillators now use less CPU power.
  • In Meld, if a bi-timbral voice engine or filter section is deactivated, the parameters on Push will be greyed out to reflect that state.
  • Made small UI improvements to the Modulation Matrix in Meld and Wavetable.
  • Tag data for legacy Packs have been updated correctly and are now visible in the browser.
  • Updated some Help View lessons for Live 12.
  • Added the Live 12 Demo Set featuring a song called "Patience" by Chuck Sutton to all Live editions.
  • Updated the bundled Max 8.6.0 version to GM 16ccdff. This includes the following Max for Live improvements:
    • Colors / Max for Live: able to override bgcolor in devices
    • live.map: improved behavior when focused parameter changes
    • live.modulate~ / live.remote~: misc fixes
    • live.remote~ / live.modulate~: currentid attribute
    • live.text: properly sets value when mouse released outside box
    • vst~: fixed hang with Valhalla Vintage Verb in Max for Live devices

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed the following issues in the Meld device:
    • Poly voice count is now correct.
    • Reduced resonator filters’ CPU load by 5-10%.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a bug which caused screen readers to incorrectly read the name of a group of radio buttons.
  • Fixed a bug where track highlighting would not be in sync when switching between Session and Arrangement View after the currently focused clip had been changed in Clip View.
  • In the Strum MIDI Tool, the Tension parameter now uses the full -100% to 100% range. Previously, only a range of -50% to 50% was used.
  • The Chain Selector modulation envelope for Racks no longer shows modulation units in “st”.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when processing MIDI per note events in the Pitch device if scale awareness was enabled.
  • Overlapping notes are now avoided in the Random device when using scale awareness mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could occur in the browser when attempting to load an invalid tuning file.
  • Fixed a crash on Windows that occurred when loading a video format that had varying Media Foundation read buffer sizes.
  • Fixed some video playback issues on Windows that should result in video clips playing more reliably.
  • Fixed an issue that caused flickering in the browser when Live was first started.
  • The AAS devices (Analog, Collision, Corpus, Electric, and Tension) are now available in the Live 12 Standard edition.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the state of some Max for Live devices to not be restored correctly when loading a Live Set.
  • The width of the browser’s sidebar is now retained when closing and re-opening Live.
  • When a device that uses modulation is bypassed, the modulation signal is now deactivated.
  • The enabled state of the Performance Impact section in the mixer is now recalled properly in an .als document.
  • With the latest bundled Max update, a value will need to be resent to recalculate modulation after the depth has been changed.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on Windows when certain parameters were changed; for example, Live could crash when changing the Pulse Width parameter of the “Classic” Effect Mode in the Wavetable device.

Push - Bugfixes:

  • Warping a long sample from Push will no longer crash Live.

12.0b24 Release Notes

Live - New features and improvements:

  • Users will see updated software text translations in Live 12.
  • Updated the Core Library:
    • New Instrument Racks: Meld Racks and 808 Selector Rack.
    • New Drum Racks: MPE Meld Kit, Sound Oracle Kits including MIDI Clips.
    • New and refined presets for Meld, Roar and Drift.
    • Refined Templates including a new Quick Start Beat Template.
    • Refined Tunings.
    • Refined Tags (including a bugfix that aligns the tag taxonomy between Core Library and other factory Packs).
  • Updated Max for Live 8.6.0 to beta build 2108bdb:
    • Live API objects: improved handling of persistence
    • live.map/routing/modulate~ help patchers: improved default colors
    • Parameters: 'type' field shown in Object Inspector
    • Parameters: fixed potential crash toggling parameter mode enable
    • Themes: correct control_fg_on(_zombie) color for dark themes
    • Themes: display_scale_text is always light
    • Themes: improved numbox contrast when following Live themes

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue with incorrect layout adjustment of the main track in Session View when resizing with the Show Scroll Bars option set to “When Scrolling”.
  • Focus will now return to the Plug-Ins Preferences after selecting a folder for scanning.
  • The Similarity Swap buttons in the Drum Rack now use correct colors.
  • When running a sound similarity search, the browser column sort indicators are now hidden, since the results are sorted by similarity instead.
  • Fixed an issue where some controls in Meld were inaccessible via the keyboard.
  • Accessibility: CPU meter type and automation shapes will now be announced correctly by screen readers.
  • Live's minimum window size has been increased to 612px, while the Device Breakout View's minimum size has been increased by 3px.
  • In Roar, it is now possible to select the Stage and Modulation tabs using a keyboard.
  • Fixed a bug where return tracks dragged into the browser could not be opened or imported again and an error message would be shown instead.
  • When filtering for MIDI Tools and attempting to save the results as a custom view, the name suggestion for the view will no longer be empty.
  • Max for Live MIDI Tools now correctly receive keyboard focus.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Seed and Shape generators from working when there was no available key track that was also in-key.
  • Fixed an issue where using the Humanize option would place notes before the start point and not be played as a result.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented notes from being freely resized when the grid was off.
  • Fixed the following issues in the MIDI Note Editor:
    • When using the Add Intervals option, the added intervals will no longer delete existing selected notes if their start times overlap.
    • In the Connect transformation, input notes will take priority over chord-connecting notes if their start times overlap.
  • The “Auto-Scale Plugin Window” context menu item is now available in the Plug-ins label again.
  • The “Inputs” and “Outputs” sections in the Link, Tempo & MIDI Preferences were renamed to “Inputs Ports” and “Outputs Ports” respectively.
  • On Windows, the Editor View Modes text in the Info View now lists the correct keyboard shortcut, i.e. [CTRL][Tab].
  • When selecting multiple clips, the Velocity Ramp control and the Play One / Play All note probability group type buttons will now be enabled and working when expected.
  • Users will no longer see outdated factory tags.
  • Fixed a bug where keyboard focus would remain on the mixer in Arrangement View, even when the mixer was hidden.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a bug where the mixer in Arrangement would be announced by a screen reader as "Session" instead of "Mixer".
  • When opening the Filters view context menu while a search is active, the list will contain all filters, even when some do not apply to the results of the search query and are therefore not visible in the view.
  • Fixed an issue where the Sounds label would sometimes show unexpected layout when opening Live for the first time.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred in Drum Rack tracks with instrument chains, where the gap between Volume Section and track header in the mixer in Arrangement View was larger than expected when I/O and Sends sections were hidden.
  • Reduced the memory usage when running sound similarity searches and similarity swapping.
  • When the track size is minimized, the Pan control is now both mouse and keyboard focusable again.
  • The +/- buttons on the Stacks generator are now grayed out when they are disabled.
  • Fixed a bug where user tag groups with the same name as a native Live device could not be deleted.
  • When users create chords with Stacks, then switch to another Clip View tab or panel and then select all the notes of a chord that was generated, the Generative Tools tab/panel will no longer be automatically reopened.
  • MIDI preferences will now be properly saved and loaded when using a remote script from the Remote Scripts folder of the User Library.
  • Fixed several regressions related to Max for Live parameters.
  • Max for Live devices and MIDI Tools now correctly release focus when the user navigates away from them using a mouse.
  • It is now possible to close the Device Breakout View by double-clicking on the gap between the Device Breakout View and the view above it.
  • Parameters in Max for Live devices now initialize properly even when Live's audio engine is turned off.
  • A blocked icon is no longer displayed when dragging and dropping a Scala file onto Microtuner.
  • Fixed a regression where it was not possible to use keyboard to control Live’s transport while dragging.
  • Fixed a bug where closing a tuning system's details in the Tuning panel would cause the browser to change its size.
  • In Drum Rack’s I/O section, the columns header in the MIDI In Note chooser now uses the expected color.
  • Fixed the following issues in Max for Live devices:
    • In all modulators, changed a number of buttons to mouse up mode instead of mouse down.
    • In LFO, Shaper, and Shaper MIDI:
      • Changed the position and size of lines and scopes to better fit the display.
      • Changed the color of the display lines.
      • Fixed scope center line position.
    • LFO now uses the correct size for scope.
    • In Shaper and Shaper MIDI:
      • Waveform icons were moved 1px down.
      • Fixed the mouse-down color for waveform icons.
    • In Shaper, fixed an issue where the Rate dial would jump 1px to the left and right when selecting units.
    • In Shaper MIDI, the curve is now displayed on top instruction text instead of the other way around.
  • Fixed various issues related to the @depth attribute of live.modulate~.
  • Session Clip’s Info View text is now fully displayed and no longer clipped.
  • Adjusted the gap size between the Keep Latency button and the buttons above it in the Arrangement View.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when loading certain video formats.
  • Fixed a bug in the Link, Tempo & MIDI Preferences where the device names in the Inputs (now Inputs Ports) and Outputs (now Outputs Ports) sections would be cut off and displayed only partially.
  • Fixed an issue where the Session View would scroll too far and the divider line between the last scene and the stop slots appeared too thick when closing a group track.
  • When a Max for Live modulation device comes before its modulation target in the device chain, the modulation signal will no longer be delayed by a buffer.
  • Users should see default factory metadata such as tags and color information for resources in legacy packs.
  • Fixed an issue where icons would overlap with text in the browser when the browser was minimized beyond a certain limit.
  • Fixed a potential Indexer crash that could occur if older factory packs did not have prescanned metadata files.
  • Fixed a possible crash that could occur when using the browser history.

12.0b23 Release Notes

Live - New features and improvements:

  • When saving sound similarity searches, only the filename is now suggested as the name for the saved view.
  • Users will see updated Help View lessons translations in Live 12.
  • Added browser metadata for some legacy Packs.

Live - Bugfixes:

  • When using a Custom Controller Layout with a tuning system, if the step size of the custom layout is large (the actual size is relative to the tuning system used), the generated layout will no longer yield unexpected results.
  • Using the “Copy Max for Live Path” context menu option on Cue Volume now returns the correct path.
  • Custom Max for Live MIDI Tools that have the same name as a factory device will now show up in the drop-down selector. This fix also prevents a situation where if the factory Max for Live MIDI Tools had the same name as a custom MIDI Tool, the factory MIDI Tool would not appear.
  • Made some minor adjustments to the UI layout of the Stacks MIDI Tool.
  • In Meld:
    • Fixed a bug where Meld’s oscillator volume could not be added to the Modulation Matrix from Push 3.
    • Renamed the "Modulation" page to "Matrix".
  • Extreme upward modulations of any oscillator frequency will now stop at half the sample rate.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when attempting to remove and rename a user folder at the same time. As a result, it is no longer possible to open the folder context menu until the folder is either renamed or the name edit is canceled.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented a preset to be displayed in the browser when the preset was saved.
  • When a macro mapping is created in a Rack for Meld’s Oscillator Type drop-down menu, the Previous and Next Type toggles are now deactivated.
  • Fixed a bug where re-doing the addition of a Max for Live device to a track (including tracks containing Racks) after an undo action would sometimes not restore all the parameter values correctly.
  • Made the following changes in the Arrangement View:
    • Tab navigation will now be possible from a track's IO section to its header.
    • Arrangement timeline elements that can be navigated to with the [Tab] key are now reachable from tracks.
  • Toggling the Loop button using the keyboard while making a selection of multiple MIDI clips no longer causes the button to lose focus.
  • When using the Randomize Velocity or Randomize Probability features in the MIDI Note Editor, the direction in which the value moves will no longer change when adjusting the Randomization Amount value.
  • When multiple clips are selected, the Transpose display in the Pitch and Time Utilities tab/panel now correctly responds to a change in time selection, showing updated pitches.
  • Fixed an issue where the Filters view would behave inconsistently when filtering for MIDI Tools.
  • Added the following fixes for Max for Live devices:
    • In all modulators, fixed the border color for the Mod/Remote button.
    • In LFO:
      • Fixed audio dropouts/artifacts when Rate was set to 0Hz and the Bin noise waveform was used.
      • Invert the Steps parameter. Note that this update may result in a sound change in Live Sets that have an automation or a non-default value for LFO's Steps parameter set up.
    • In DS Snare, fixed an issue where some notes for certain decay values were skipped.
  • Fixed an issue where the Edit label appeared on top of the browser header at smaller widths.
  • In Sampler, the text inside the Round Robin button now uses the correct color when a dark theme is enabled.
  • It is no longer possible to assign custom tags to content that already has factory assigned tags.
  • Undo actions involving tuning systems changes will now correctly set the Custom Controller Layout dialog controls' ranges.
  • Users will now see the "Content" filter in the Modulators label as expected.
  • Updated the MIDI Note Editor’s Info View text to reflect the order in which the keys need to be pressed when using the [CTRL][E] (Win) / [ALT][E] (Mac) shortcut in order for the Split with mouse feature to work.
  • Fixed a bug where unwanted filter groups would show up when filtering.
  • MIDI notes with a negative velocity deviation now display a correct range in the Status Bar.
  • Selected notes remain visible in cases where they would have otherwise disappeared when key tracks are folded, e.g, while moving the interval up and down in the Pitch and Time Utilities’ Interval Size parameter, or the Chord Root parameter in the Stacks generator.
  • Key-mapped alphanumeric keys that are not used by the Computer MIDI Keyboard will now once again work as expected, even when the Computer MIDI Keyboard is on.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a bug which caused certain elements of the UI to be incorrectly hidden from screen readers.
  • Info View text will now be displayed for Max for Live MIDI Tools.

12.0b22 Release Notes

Live - New features and improvements:

  • Starting a new Similarity Search will now populate results in the All label in the browser.
  • Comping is now available in all Live editions, including Live Lite. Previously, take lanes were not available in Lite.
  • The Custom Controller Layout dialog has an updated UI.
  • When browsing tuning systems in the Tunings label of the browser, a description containing the following details is now shown in Info View:
    • Number of notes per octave
    • The .ascl short description
    • The .ascl defined source
  • On Windows, video playback no longer requires third-party decoders for common video codecs. Live now supports the same video files as Windows Media Player.

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a rare crash that occurred when quickly expanding and collapsing folders in the browser.
  • Users will have a better experience when hot-swapping legacy Max for Live patches or presets.
  • Added the following improvements to how the undo action works with tuning systems:
    • When using tuning systems and a custom controller layout, if the layout is invalidated through changing the tuning system and switches to All Keys, undoing the action will now restore the previous custom layout.
    • It is now possible to undo changes to lowest/highest notes in tuning systems.
  • It is now possible to hover over any part of a tuning system’s name to display its description in the Info View.
  • In the Stacks MIDI Tool, browsing chord patterns using the up/down buttons in a Chord Selector Pad when a chord is selected, will now visually indicate focus placed on the pad as expected.
  • The View menu's and context menu's "Show Similar Files" entry is now only enabled for the files which currently support similarity search.
  • Samples that can't be loaded will now be skipped when using the Similar Sample Swapping feature.
  • Added a new icon for the tuning system link button.
  • In Max for Live MIDI Tools, Live UI objects for which the Initial Enable option was set now send their initial values on load as expected.
  • It is now possible to perform a search in the browser where the search query contains special characters # and @. As a result, it is now necessary to add a space in front of the # character when searching via tags.
  • In MIDI Tools all percentage parameters now move by +/-1%, regardless of whether the [Shift] key is used.
  • In Pitch and Time Utilities, fine-tuning velocity and other parameters that do not use decimal point values is now either disabled or changes the original value by 10.
  • The Status Bar will now show the correct sample information after using Similar Sample Swapping.
  • The sound analysis of an Ableton Pack will now be triggered directly during the Pack’s installation.
  • The Connect MIDI Tool now works as expected instead of adding seemingly unrelated notes.
  • In the Stacks generator, fixed an issue with clicking and dragging in the Chord Selector Pads when the Pen Tablet Mode setting was enabled.
  • When using the Rhythm generator with the Shift parameter set to 0, changing the Steps parameter will no longer cause the first note to move.
  • When key tracks are folded or when a new Instrument or Drum Rack is loaded, the pitch range in the Seed and Shape generators will no longer collapse to a single value.
  • Fixed two issues with the [CMD][E] keyboard shortcut on macOS:
    • It is no longer possible to chop a note using the [CMD][E] shortcut at the same time as dragging to move or resize the note.
    • Pressing and holding the [CMD][E] key combination when a MIDI note is selected will no longer create multiple undo steps.
  • Renaming or deleting tags will now occur in collapsed or hidden filters as well.
  • Sound analysis is no longer performed on unknown files (i.e., files that are not referenced in the metadata files) located in factory packs.
  • Fixed an issue where the Sound Similarity Search might produce bad results for a file which was recently changed or modified.
  • When the option “Show Release Velocity (Note-Off)” (formerly “Show Note-Off Velocity”) is selected from the context menu in the Velocity Editor:
    • The lane text label reads "Release Velocity."
    • The lane header icon is updated.
    • The "Off" text is not displayed in the middle of the lane.
    • The Randomize and Ramp controls apply to release velocity.
    • The Velocity Deviation control is not available (and not mentioned in the Info View).
  • When generating notes through the Stacks MIDI Tool, if some of the notes are within a valid MIDI output range while others are not, the generator will no longer get stuck and valid notes will now be generated while invalid notes will be omitted.
  • The filters listed in the context menu accessible through the Filters view header are now sorted in the same order as they appear in the Filters view.
  • Fixed a bug where the Delete Automation entry was not available in the context menus of Max for Live parameters.
  • Notes will no longer be generated when MIDI Tools are applied while in the Envelopes View Mode.
  • When selecting notes before or after the insert marker with the [ALT] and up/down arrow keys combination, the time selection will now be updated to match the new note selection.
  • In MIDI Tools, using the [Shift] and up/down arrow keys combination on some parameters no longer changes the value of these parameters by 10.
  • In audio clips, fine-tuning pitch now always changes the pitch value by 1 midicent.
  • When setting up Live 12 for the first time, the Devices tag group in the Sounds label will be no longer visible.
  • In the browser, MIDI Tools are now correctly described in the Type column.
  • Lane selector is now visible with MPE lanes in Live Lite edition. It can be focused and activated with the keyboard.
  • Users starting Live 12 for the first time will see the expected state for filter groups in the Sounds label.
  • Fixed bug where the Status Bar would appear empty in some circumstances.

12.0b21 Release Notes

Live - New features and improvements:

  • Accessibility: It is now possible to tab to some links in Live’s UI. Note that currently, focused links do not appear focused.
  • Added a similarity sound analysis section to the Status Bar that is displayed when background scanning and analysis is running to provide information on the current analysis tasks in progress. The Pause button next to the analysis state can be used to stop the analysis for sound similarity. While it is a paused, the Resume button can be used to start the analysis again.

    There are a few different states that are shown:
    • Analysis: Scanning - This is shown when new unanalyzed files are detected.
    • Analysis: Pending - This displays the number of queued tasks.
    • Analysis: Processing - This shows the number of tasks left.
    • Analysis: Paused - This is shown when the process has been paused.
    • Analysis: Done - This is shown when the analysis has finished.

      Also, fixed a bug where the Indexer might continue to analyze files even when the “Enable Similarity Search Analysis” option is switched off in Live’s Preferences.
  • In the browser, Rack device presets are now also shown in the device category of the corresponding device in the Rack. For example, an Instrument Rack preset containing Drift will be shown in the Drift folder.
  • Updated some software texts for Live 12 features.
  • In Clip View, the Transformation/Generator Selector menu now contains two template devices that can be used as a basis for creating custom Max for Live MIDI Tools.
  • Accessibility: Added some context menu and accessibility improvements:
    • When opening a context menu via keyboard, the first item now always gets selected.
    • It is now possible to navigate between all items in the CPU Load Meter context menu independently of their state.
    • Also in the CPU Load Meter, the Average and Current values can be announced by screen readers.
    • Grid menu items now behave like radio buttons for screen readers.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for Similarity Swapping for Drum Racks, Drum Rack pads, and Simpler:
    • Next Similar: [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) + right arrow key
    • Previous Similar: [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) + left arrow key
    • Make Similarity Reference: [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) + up arrow key
    • Return to Reference: [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) + down arrow key

      These shortcuts are also accessible from the Drum Rack, Drum Rack pads, and Simpler context menus.
  • Persian tuning files have been added to the Core Library.
  • Core Library content is now pre-analyzed for Sound Similarity features.
  • Updated the bundled Max 8.6.0 version to beta 1f48202

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed the following issues in the tuning systems panel:
    • The “Degree” column is now named “Note.” This change also applied in the custom controller layout dialog, as well as their respective software text, where degrees were mentioned.
    • Added Info View headers for individual controls which previously had unique text for a set of controls.
  • In Clip View, fixed an issue where vertical text in a collapsed clip title bar would sometimes be displayed with a colored frame that could render the text barely legible.
  • Removed the outline and rounded rectangular in the Audio Device Input/Output window so that now it conforms to Live 12 UI design.
  • Improved keyboard navigation in Clip View:
    • In MIDI clips, using tab in the Envelopes view mode navigates from the end marker to the envelope editor, then to the controls in the MIDI Note Editor footer.
    • In audio clips, using tab in the Sample view mode navigates from the end marker through all the warp markers to the timeline.
  • When using tuning system files, the octave and index for the reference pitch are now limited to the valid frequency range (4 to 21000hz).
  • In Session View, double-clicking a volume slider in a track that is part of a multiselection will reset volume in all the selected tracks to 0db. This behavior is currently implemented for track chain mixers and rack device chains.
  • When MIDI Note Preview is on, changing chord root in the Stacks generator will now result in an audible preview of the chord as expected.
  • The undo text used for an action performed in a MIDI Tool will now always include the name of the MIDI Tool.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the [M] key from being used to toggle the Computer MIDI Keyboard option on French keyboards.
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in erroneously marking Scala files as incorrectly formatted in the log file.
  • When keyboard focus is placed on the Preferences window, it is no longer possible to start or stop playback using the spacebar or other common keyboard shortcuts.
  • On Windows, fixed an issue where the Preferences window would have no visual boundaries when the operating system’s “Show shadows under windows" option was turned off.
  • When zooming into a frozen audio clip, the indicators showing which elements are frozen now move as expected.
  • Live no longer generates unnecessary undo steps when an action in a MIDI Tool results in no actual change, for example when repeatedly splitting notes at the same position.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when changing the type of an automated Max for Live parameter belonging to a device on the Main track.
  • Made the following changes to the clip title bar in Clip View:
    • Fixed an issue where the title bar would not get selected by clicking, if the clip name was the clicked area.
    • Clicking on the title bar now focuses the clip in Session or Arrangement View regardless of where the title bar is clicked and whether it’s in a folded or unfolded state.
    • The Clip Activator switch is now accessible via keyboard when the title bar is folded.
    • Accessibility: The title bar is now correctly identified with a "group" role during screen reader announcements.
  • Fixed the following issues the occurred when using tuning systems with Simpler and Sampler:
    • Closely-tuned notes no longer cut each other off.
    • It is no longer necessary to set the note pitch bend range to 48.
  • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when changing the tuning system during playback.
  • Presets using Drift's mono mode now work with tuning systems as expected.
  • Made the following UI improvements:
    • Adjusted the lightness level of disabled transport controls, so that they are easier to distinguish from enabled controls.
    • Adjusted the lightness level in the MIDI Note Editor, so that the difference between playable area and non-playing area is more noticeable.
    • In the browser, adjusted the lightness level of the Show Similar Files button to make it more obvious when similarity searching is unavailable.
    • Removed the Apricot and Plum theme due to its unsatisfactory level of contrast.
  • When opening a new Live set, the Device View is now visible by default.
  • The probability value of a note probability group will now be preserved if the group type is changed, new notes are added to the group, or several groups with identical probabilities are merged.
  • In Meld, LFO 1 Generator Parameter 2 is now listed correctly as “LFO 1 Macro 2” instead of “LFO 1 Macro 1” in the Modulation Matrix and the automation lanes.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when opening a new Set or closing Live while certain plugin UIs were visible.
  • Fixed a potential crash that could occur when attempting to load the Electric device by double-clicking it in the browser.
  • Fixed inconsistent behavior in the Filters View in the browser, which resulted in displaying misleading states of possible filters.
  • Fixed an issue where resizing the Tuning column would result in the Octave, Degree and Reference Pitch/Frequency columns being misaligned for Lowest and Highest Note rows. As a result, it is no longer possible to manually resize the Tuning column. The tuning system name will include an ellipsis if the column size is insufficient to display the full name.
  • Push 2's user port is now available in Live's Preferences again.
  • Fixed a bug where the Info View text would be misaligned when viewing information about a tuning system with a name that did not fit the Info View header. The text will now be aligned properly and the header will contain an ellipsis if the tuning system name exceeds the header size.
  • Accessibility: Live no longer crashes at startup if the JAWS screen reader is running.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using custom MIDI controller layouts.
  • Fixed the following issues that occurred when using colorful themes:
    • When the Show Scroll Bar option in Display & Input Preferences is set to When Scrolling, scroll bars will now only appear when scrolling as expected.
    • Colorful themes now use the same meter colors as Live's Default themes.
  • Fixed an issue with browser labels not displaying contents when they are unchecked in Edit Mode.
  • Fixed a bug where the browser label selection would jump when checking or unchecking labels.
  • Last modification date and file size for Live’s .amxd files are now shown in the browser again.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented Live from being closed when the Preferences folder was missing.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when installing a pack while another instance of Live was running.
  • Fixed an issue that could lead to unexpected behavior when saved searches used similarity search based on a file which no longer existed.
  • Accessibility: Added the following improvements:
    • Added basic accessibility support for warp markers, loop markers, and clip markers.
    • Added basic screen reader announcements for the Sample Editor.
    • Improved screen reader experience when navigating clip title bar contents.
    • It is now possible to focus the Optimize Arrangement Height and Width buttons with a keyboard.
  • On Windows, Live no longer crashes when a video window is opened at startup, or when using the [CTRL][S] or [CTRL][Q] keyboard shortcuts when a plugin window is in focus.
  • The Clip View and Device View Toggle buttons now use the same color names as other view toggle buttons. This change will only have a visible effect when using a custom theme.
  • On macOs, context and dropdown menus will no longer lag on certain devices using the Apple M2 chip.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent users from deleting tag groups in the browser.
  • Made the following updates to Max for Live devices:
    • In all modulators:
      • Updated the Info View headers for Modulation Amount and Polarity.
      • Added software text to the Map button, noting the introduction of latency.
      • When mapping fails, the Mapped state is now turned off, also for remote control.
      • Changed modulation color back to Control On variant.
    • In LFO:
      • For the bipolar Offset parameter, arc is now drawn from the center.
      • The minimum required version of Max for Live to use LFO is now 8.6.0.
      • Fixed the Phase parameter.
    • In Expression Control:
      • Fixed a bug where incorrect text color was used for some toggles in dark themes.
      • Fixed a bug where the clickable area of the Map toggle was smaller than the toggle itself.
      • Fixed an issue where thin sliders incorrectly worked as bipolar instead of unipolar.
      • Fixed a bug where thin indicator colors were not updated after changing Live’s theme.
    • In DS devices:
      • All automated parameters are now exposed to modulation.
    • In DS Sampler:
      • Fixed an issue with unpredictable velocity.
  • Live no longer crashes when changing the scale on Push.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in the background analysis for sound similarity being enabled after starting Live even though the option was disabled in Preferences.
  • Fixed the following bugs on Windows:
    • Using the [CTRL][D] keyboard shortcut will now trigger the Duplicate action as expected.
    • Opening a context menu in the MIDI Note Editor using a keyboard shortcut (e.g., [Shift][F10]) will no longer change note selection and will show menu items relevant to the current selection as expected.
    • Using the Set 1.1.1 Here option through a keyboard shortcut will now set 1.1.1 at the insert marker position as expected.
  • Horizontal sliders (e.g., Follow Action Chance or sliders in the Seed generator) now work in pen tablet mode. The value range is now preserved when dragging with a mouse.
  • Fixed a bug which allowed overlapping notes from MPE to play in Analog, Electric, Collision, and Tension.
  • Drop down menus in MIDI Tools should now open faster.
  • Fixed an issue where the track I/O controls, hidden when there was not enough space and a tuning system was enabled, failed to reappear once the tuning system was disabled.
  • Fixed a bug that caused user-assigned tags to be removed from factory content when Live 12 was reopened after an older version of Live was run.
  • Push 2 users can now use polyphonic aftertouch as expected.
  • Fixed crashes that occurred in several different scenarios when using the Stacks MIDI Tool.
  • Fixed two issues in the Note Length device:
    • Fixed a bug where the Latch switch setting would not be saved in a Set.
    • The "On/Off Balance" control is now consistently named "Release Velocity".
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes make Clip View controls appear to have a context menu with a single “Copy Max for Live Path" entry.
  • Dragging devices from the browser or a track and hovering over another track will now highlight the target track as expected.
  • Tags assigned to items in the browser will remain assigned to those items, even if the items are moved to a new location.
  • Fixed the following issues in Max for Live devices:
    • In all modulators, the controls in the mapping lane are no longer disabled when no parameter is mapped.
    • Fixed a bug where Note Echo would not work if the transport was stopped.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when trying to freeze and unfreeze the Euclidean and Velocity Shaper Max for Live MIDI Tools.
  • Splitting, reversing, and stretching MIDI notes now works as expected when using Focus Mode with multiple Arrangement clips selected.
  • In the Velocity or Chance Editor, when at least one note is selected, hovering over an unselected note will no longer highlight that note.

12.0b20 Release Notes

Please note that for Mac installations Live 12 is only supported on macOS Big Sur or higher.

Live - Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when drag-copying notes while editing multiple clips at the same time, which could result in corrupt documents showing "Note IDs are not unique" error message.
  • Fixed an issue where renaming files in the Clips, Samples, or Grooves categories would cause Live’s browser to open the User Library.
  • Fixed a bug that caused mapped keys to be incorrectly triggered when used in key combinations, for example with the [ALT] key.
  • On Mac, fixed a bug that caused video export to fail if the time range selected for export contained no video. Now, the export succeeds and produces an all-black video.
  • Double-clicking the piano roll while the MIDI Note Editor is in Fold mode and there are more active key tracks than can fit in the view, will now zoom the Editor to fit the key tracks that contain notes rather than all of the active key tracks.
  • Modulated sliders (e.g. mixer sliders) now use the modulation color for the dot indicator.
  • The volume LEDs for meters in MIDI tracks are now correctly bottom aligned, eliminating potential issues with partially displayed LEDs.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting a track containing a Drum Rack would cause the Session View to scroll to the last selected chain.
  • Fixed an issue where the Arpeggiator device didn't use the full range of the Steps parameter when the pattern is set to Random.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when entering Macro Map Mode under certain circumstances.
  • When running a new version of Live for the first time, Live would sometimes copy preferences and retrieve information from a user-made copy of an old preferences directory. This could lead to symptoms such as settings being lost or Live needing to be reauthorized depending on the contents of the user-made copy. This behavior is now fixed.

12.0b19 Release Notes

New Features 

Accessibility

Improved accessibility support on macOS and Windows; this includes many updates such as new themes with high-contrast variants, improved organization of Live's Preferences menu, as well as support for screen reader software and other assistive devices. While any screen reader software should work, we recommend VoiceOver (Mac) and NVDA (Win) for the best experience.

In Live’s Options menu, there is a new Accessibility entry which contains commands corresponding to different accessibility preferences, such as "Speak Menu Commands" and "Speak Minimum and Maximum Slider Values".

As part of the accessibility implementation, many improvements for keyboard navigation and keyboard workflows have also been added. You can find out more about these updates in the related subsections of the release notes. 

Browser Filtering and Tags

The browser now includes a set of filters which can be used to search and find specific content using descriptive tags. 

Relevant filters are displayed based on which category of the browser is selected. To search with all available filters, use the All label in the browser’s Library. Filter Groups can be hidden/shown by right-clicking the Filters header in the browser, or by right-clicking on individual Filter Group names. 

You can search for content and tags in the following ways:

  • Select filters and tags in a browser category. Use [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) to multiselect tags within the same Tag Group.
  • Use the browser's search bar (corresponding filter results will also be displayed).
  • Search for specific tags in the search bar using the format: #[tag]. For example, if you are looking for samples tagged as "punchy" type "#punchy." Autocomplete suggestions for tags will be shown as you type.

When viewing populated filter results, you can save the current search using the Add Label button to the right of the Results header in the browser content pane. Once saved, a custom label is created in the browser's sidebar that contains the filter results. As new items are tagged, the content will also be updated in any relevant saved custom labels.

You can use the toggle to the right of the filters to show/hide the Tags Editor. A collection of default tags is included for all of Live’s built-in content.

The Tags Editor lists all tags in each filter and you can create new user tags for any filter by clicking Add Tag... at the bottom of the Tags Editor.

New Tag Groups can be created by clicking Add Group... in the Tags Editor. User created tags or tag groups can be deleted or renamed via their [right-click](Win) / [CTRL-click](Mac) context menus.

Tags can be assigned to/removed from the selected item in the browser content pane by clicking the checkboxes next to the tag names in the Tags Editor. 

Note that tags have replaced folder groups within the browser’s category labels.

CC Control

CC Control is a new utility device that can be used to send MIDI CC messages to hardware devices, or used in automation lanes on MIDI clips to send out MIDI CC data during a performance. 

There are default controls for mod wheel, pitch bend, and pressure data, as well as several additional custom controls that can be configured for individual MIDI messages. The custom controls also appear on Push for easy navigation.

The Custom A button control can be used to send Sustain messages by default, or if set to another CC message, can toggle between sending minimum/maximum values to a MIDI device.

If CC automation already exists for the same CC message chosen in the device, the data will be merged.

Keyboard Navigation

Most of Live’s menus, views and controls can now be navigated using the computer keyboard.

A new Navigate menu has been added to Live's menu bar which contains commands for moving keyboard focus to different areas of the UI, as well as the option to toggle the Use Tab to Move Focus functionality on or off.

When on, the Tab key can be used to switch between different controls in a selected view. The following shortcuts related to this behavior are:

  • [Tab] moves to the next control.
  • [Shift][Tab] moves to the previous control.
  • [CTRL][Tab] (Windows) / [ALT][Tab] (Mac) moves to the next control in the same row.
  • [CTRL][Shift][Tab] (Windows) / [ALT][Shift][Tab] (Mac) moves to the previous control in the same row.

When Use Tab to Move Focus is off, pressing the [Tab] key will switch between Session and Arrangement View, as in previous Live versions.

The Use Tab to Move Focus option can also be enabled in Live's Display & Input Preferences, which also include the additional Navigation and Keyboard options:

  • Wrap Tab Navigation - When this option is enabled, navigating with Tab will not stop at the last control in a focused view, but will navigate back to the first control. If the first control is selected, using [Shift][Tab] will navigate to the last control.
  • Move Clips with Arrow Keys - This option is enabled by default, and lets you use the left and right arrow keys to move the time selection in Arrangement View.

You can navigate to different areas of Live’s interface using the following shortcuts:

  • [ALT][0] - focus the Control Bar
  • [ALT][1] - focus Session View
  • [ALT][2] - focus Arrangement View
  • [ALT][3] - focus Clip View
  • [ALT][4] - focus Device View
  • [ALT][5] - focus the browser
  • [ALT][6] - focus Groove Pool
  • [ALT][7] - focus Help View

Improved keyboard navigation in Live’s Preferences:

  • [Tab] and [Shift][Tab] keys can be used to navigate between options inside the Preferences tabs. These shortcuts work regardless of whether the Use Tab to Move Focus option is active or not.
  • When focusing on the options inside Preferences tabs, up and down arrow keys can be used to change the state of a toggle, make adjustments, or cycle through the available options for a given preference.
  • For options that utilize toggle buttons, it is possible to toggle between states or trigger an action by using the [Enter] key.
  • It is possible to navigate the Preference Page Chooser using [ALT][Tab] and [Shift][ALT][Tab] or the up and down arrow keys when the chooser is focused. If the keyboard focus is inside any given Preferences tab, use the [Shift][Tab] shortcut once or more to return the focus to the Preference Page Chooser. 

Additional keyboard navigation improvements:

  • It is now possible to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate to identical controls across tracks in the Arrangement View. Enabling the Navigate menu's Use Tab Key to Move Focus command and using the shortcuts [ALT][Tab] and [Shift][ALT][Tab] will jump from the currently selected control to the same control in the next or previous track.
  • In Session View, the [PgUp] and [PgDwn] keys now move up or down by eight scenes at a time, instead of jumping to the first or last scenes.
  • When focused on a track's Session slot, Arrangement lane, or mixer controls, pressing [Esc] will jump to that track's header.
  • On Windows, the [ALT] key now behaves as it does in other applications. Pressing [ALT] without a corresponding shortcut key will focus the Global menu, which can then be navigated using the arrow keys or alphanumeric keys as expected.
  • The behavior of radio button keyboard navigation is now consistent with other applications on macOS and Windows:
    • When navigating to a radio button group using [Tab] or [Shift][Tab], the selected radio button will be focused, instead of the first or last one in the group.
    • When using Previous/Next Neighbor navigation with [CTRL][Tab] or [CTRL][Shift][Tab] to focus a radio button, the selected radio button will be focused, instead of the first or last one in the group.
  • Added a Mixer entry to the Navigate menu, which brings focus to the mixer in Arrangement View. The corresponding keyboard shortcut is [Shift][ALT][M].

Keyboard Workflow 

Various keyboard shortcuts have been added and updated to make it easier to work and navigate in Live directly from a computer keyboard.

Shortcuts that contain a single letter key, such as [S] to solo a track, can now be used even when the Computer MIDI Keyboard is enabled by adding [Shift], e.g., [Shift][S].

The [Delete] key can be used to return radio buttons (for example, track volume buttons) to their default state.

Tracks can be frozen using the new shortcut [CTRL][ALT][Shift][F] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][Shift][F] (Mac).

A new submenu called Clip Markers has been added to the Edit menu, which allows you to set clip start, end, and loop markers to MIDI clips when in Clip View. The corresponding shortcuts are also available in the [right-click](Win) / [CTRL-click](Mac) context menu in the MIDI Note Editor:

  • [CTRL][F9] (Win) / [CMD][F9] (Mac) - sets the clip start marker to the selected time area of the MIDI Note Editor.
  • [CTRL][F10] (Win) / [CMD][F10] (Mac) - sets the clip loop start marker to the selected time area of the MIDI Note Editor.
  • [CTRL][F11] (Win) / [CMD][F11] (Mac) - sets the clip loop end marker to the selected time area of the MIDI Note Editor.
  • [CTRL][F12] (Win) / [CMD][F12] (Mac) - sets the clip end marker to the selected time area of the MIDI Note Editor.

The new command Move Insert Marker To Playhead in the Playback menu, also accessible via the shortcut [CTRL][Shift][Space] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][Space] (Mac), will move the Arrangement insert marker to the location of the playhead.

Some shortcuts can now be momentarily latched. This means you can hold down the shortcut key and briefly toggle the shortcut action. After releasing the key, Live’s UI will return to its previous state. Momentary latching becomes available after holding down a shortcut key for about 500 ms. The following shortcut keys can be momentarily latched:

  • [A] - toggles Arrangement automation mode
  • [B] - toggles Draw Mode
  • [S] - toggles soloing or un-soloing the selected track
  • [Z] - toggles zooming into the Arrangement selection
  • [F1] through [F8] - toggles the Track Activator switch on and off for the first eight tracks
  • [Tab] - toggles between Arrangement and Session View

If needed, momentary latching can be turned off using the Options.txt entry: -DisableHotKeyLatching

In the MIDI Note Editor, if the insert marker is selected, you can use [ALT] + the up and down arrow keys to select the next and previous notes.

In the MIDI Note Editor, it is possible to adjust note velocity and chance with the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Adjust note velocity: [ALT] up and down arrow keys (Win) / [CMD] up and down arrow keys (Mac)
  • Adjust note velocity deviation: [ALT][Shift] up and down arrow keys (Win) / [CMD][Shift] up and down arrow keys (Mac)
  • Adjust note chance: [CTRL][ALT] up and down arrow keys (Win) / [CMD][ALT][Shift] up and down arrow keys (Mac)

It is now possible to resize an Arrangement clip with the keyboard by putting the insert marker at either edge of the clip, pressing [Enter] and then using the left or right arrow key to resize. Pressing [Enter] again will apply the resize action. Pressing [ESC] will cancel the resize action.

The commands Fold/Unfold Selected Tracks [U] and Collapse/Unfold All Tracks [Shift][U] have been added to the View menu.

The keyboard shortcut for the Control Bar's Follow switch was changed to [ALT][Shift][F].

Updated keyboard shortcuts for the View menu's Browser and Groove Pool entries, and introduced a new keyboard shortcut for the View menu's Help View entry:

  • Show/Hide Browser: [CTRL][ALT][5] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][5] (Mac)
  • Show/Hide Groove Pool: [CTRL][ALT][6] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][6] (Mac)
  • Show/Hide Help View: [CTRL][ALT][7] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][7] (Mac)

When the Computer MIDI Keyboard is enabled, all hotkeys on the first and home rows are disabled to prevent causing unexpected changes to a Set when hitting a wrong key.

Added a shortcut for toggling Record in the Session View: [CTRL][Shift][F9] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][F9] (Mac).

The keyboard shortcut for the metronome was changed to [O].

Meld

Meld is a powerful and versatile bi-timbral macro oscillator synthesizer that comes with Live 12 Suite. Meld’s deep sound-shaping capabilities can be used to create evolving textural sounds, rhythmic drones, harmonic effects, atonal sounds and more.

Meld features two macro oscillator engines (A and B) which can be layered to create a wide variety of sounds. Each engine is a full synth on its own, and offers unique shaping and tonal variations depending on the chosen oscillator type. 

Two envelopes are available for Amp and Modulation per engine, which both offer various looping modes. The Link toggles can be used to apply the same envelope or filter settings to the A and B engines. 

A diverse set of modulation routings are accessible in a fully mappable and expandable matrix. Meld also contains two LFOs for each engine: the first is an LFO waveform that is fed into an LFO FX section that contains two possible effects which can be used to finely tune the resulting modulation, and the second is a simple LFO that can be used for standard LFO modulation.

Several filter options are available for each oscillator engine, as well as two scale aware resonator choices in the Filters section. Individual panning, tone, and volume controls can be used to further refine each engine’s sound independently. The Tone control is a combined low/high-pass filter that can be used to round out the signal before it reaches the device’s final output. 

The Settings tab contains Glissando, Portamento, and Glide Time options for each engine, as well as Osc Key Tracking toggles. When Osc Key tracking is off, the oscillator will play at a constant pitch of C3 for all MIDI notes or, if using a scale, at the root note of the scale in the C3 octave. It is also possible to enable scale awareness for the oscillators or filters. 

In Meld’s Global section, you can choose between Poly or Mono voice mode, set the Stacked Voices amount (similar to unison voices), add a bit of saturation with the Drive control, and adjust the global volume. 

Meld’s deep modulation and routing capabilities allow for playful and expressive performances with Push 3 and other MPE controllers, but Meld also provides expressive playfulness with non-MPE devices.

MIDI Note Editing Operations 

New commands for editing MIDI notes have been added, making it quick and convenient to adjust notes directly in the MIDI Note Editor. 

Split divides a note into two or more parts by using either the mouse or computer keyboard.

Split with mouse – Hold [E] and click inside a note at the desired location or drag vertically across it to split it. You can split multiple notes simultaneously in the same way: make a note selection, then click at the desired location in any of the selected notes to split them or drag vertically across the selection to split the notes. To split a note or multiple notes into parts based on the current grid settings, press [CTRL][E] (Win) / [CMD][E] (Mac). 

Split with keyboard – If no note is selected, press [CTRL][E] (Win) / [CMD][E] (Mac) to split the note at the insert marker location or at the boundaries of the time selection. 

Chop divides selected notes into multiple parts based on the current grid settings or in equal parts, either by using the mouse or computer keyboard.

Chop with mouse – Hold [CTRL][E] (Win) / [ALT][E] (Mac) so that the cursor changes to an arrow and dashed line symbol. Click on a note and drag up to divide the note into equal parts, increasing by one as you drag up. You can hold the [Shift] key together with the shortcut and the number of equal parts will increase by a factor of two as you drag up (note that [Shift] will have no effect if the Computer MIDI Keyboard is switched on). The same operations can be applied to multiple notes simultaneously.

Chop with keyboard  – Use the shortcut [CTRL][E] (Win) / [CMD][E] (Mac) to chop notes. While still holding the shortcut keys, you can use the up and down arrow keys to divide notes into equal parts instead of grid steps. The up arrow key will add more divisions, while the down arrow key uses fewer divisions. If you add the [Shift] key, the up and down arrow keys will divide notes by a power of two (note that [Shift] will have no effect if the Computer MIDI Keyboard is switched on).

Join creates a single note from all selected notes that have the same pitch. Any MPE envelope data will be preserved when notes are joined. Use the Join Notes Edit menu command, the context menu option in the MIDI Note Editor, or the shortcut [CTRL][J] (Win) / [CMD][J] (Mac) to join selected notes.

Span (Fit to Time Range) extends selected notes so that their start and end times match the current time selection. For example, if you select multiple notes that have varying end times within a time selection of the first two bars of a four bar clip, using Span will adjust the notes so that they start at 1.1.1 and end at 3.1.1. Use the Fit to Time Range context menu option or the shortcut [CTRL][ALT][J] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][J] (Mac) to span notes. 

When using letter-based shortcuts, such as [E] to Split, make sure that the Computer MIDI Keyboard option is switched off so that the keyboard triggers the shortcut and not a MIDI note. Alternatively, you can add the [Shift] key to the shortcut in order to be able to use it while the Computer MIDI Keyboard is on.

MIDI Note Probability Groups

A single Chance value can now be assigned to a group of notes so that either all notes play according to the set probability, or only one note out of the group plays at a time.

There are a few different ways to group note probabilities together:

  • Use the Edit menu command Group Notes (Play All).
  • Use the shortcut [CTRL][G] (Win) / [CMD][G] (Mac).
  • Use the [right-click](Win) / [CTRL-click](Mac) context menu option Group Notes (Play All) or Group Notes (Play One) in the MIDI Note Editor.

Once grouped, a single marker will be available for the set of grouped notes in the Chance editor. The marker will have a diamond handle (Play All) or triangle handle (Play One) opposed to a circle handle to visually signal that it affects grouped notes, not a single note.

Right-clicking on a grouped note marker lets you pick from two options:

  • Play All – All notes will be played (or not) depending on the Chance amount. 
  • Play One – Only one note in the group will be played at a time based on the Chance amount.

Grouped notes can be ungrouped using the Edit command Ungroup Notes, shortcut [CTRL][Shift][G] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][G] (Mac), or by right-clicking on a grouped note marker and selecting Ungroup Notes. Once ungrouped, individual markers will be available for each note in the Chance editor.

Hovering over a note that belongs to a group now highlights all the notes within the group.

The Status Bar now indicates the Probability Group Type when selecting multiple notes. When all the notes belong to the same group, the type is listed explicitly, otherwise it is marked with an asterisk.

The Probability Group Type selected when grouping notes or changing the group’s type will now be used as the default type for the next note group created through the Edit menu or using the [CTRL][G] (Win) / [CMD][G] (Mac) keyboard shortcut.

A small triangle displayed on MIDI notes that have a probability value of <1.0 is now also displayed when a note belongs in a probability group (even if the probability of this group is 1).

MIDI Tools

Introduced MIDI Tools, a set of MIDI Transformations and Generators which can be used to automatically shape and create MIDI notes in creative and surprising ways.

In Clip View, two new Tools tabs have been added, one containing transformations and the other generators.

MIDI Transformations:

  • Arpeggiate splits up chords into smaller arpeggiated notes based on the chosen pattern settings.
  • Connect fills empty gaps between successive notes or chords by adding connecting notes with specified density, length, rate, and pitch settings.
  • Ornament adds short strokes (flam) or grace notes at the beginning of existing notes.
  • Quantize applies quantization based on the chosen grid options.
  • Recombine rearranges the properties of a series of notes so that the pitch, length, or velocity settings of one note in the series are applied to a different note.
  • Span adjusts the length of note end times using legato, tenuto, or staccato timing.
  • Strum applies an offset to note start times for all successive notes in a chord, starting at either the highest or lowest note.
  • Time Warp stretches or compresses notes based on the speed curve as determined by two adjustable breakpoints.

MIDI Generators:

  • Rhythm generates a rhythmic pattern of notes and velocity accents.
  • Seed randomly generates notes using adjustable pitch, duration, and velocity ranges.
  • Shape generates a sequence of notes with varying pitches based on drawn shapes or selected shape presets.
  • Stacks generates between one and four chords based on various chord rules that can be further tweaked and inverted. 

Each MIDI Tool has a Transform or Generate toggle; when enabled, any changes that get made to the tool’s parameters are applied to notes in real-time. When switched off, parameters can be adjusted freely, and the changes will only be applied when pressing the Apply button. The Reset button can be used to restore the tool's parameters to the default values.

Changes made to MIDI Tool parameters are saved with Live Sets.

Max for Live MIDI Tools

In addition to the built-in MIDI Tools, new Max for Live objects can be used to create custom MIDI Transformations and Generators. 

By default, two Max for Live MIDI Tools are included in the Clip View’s Transformation Tools and Generative Tools tabs/panels:

  • Velocity Shaper allows transforming note velocities using an envelope.
  • Rhythm Euclidean generates a rhythmic pattern of notes.

These tools utilize the new Array and String objects that were recently added to Max 8.6.0.

To create a custom MIDI Tool, you can click on the Edit button when a Max for Live MIDI Tool is selected to open its corresponding Max patcher. You can change the existing parameters and then save the updated patcher as a new .amxd file. 

For custom MIDI Tools to show in Clip View, they must be saved to a folder in Live's Places. 

In the browser, Max for Live MIDI Tools can be found in the All and Max for Live labels. Max for Live MIDI Tools can also be found using the new filters MIDI Transformation and MIDI Generator within the Device Function filter group.

Mixer in Arrangement

The Session View mixer is now accessible in Arrangement View. 

You can click the Mixer view control at the bottom right corner of Live's window to expand or collapse the mixer in either Session or Arrangement View. Using the drop-down menu next to the toggle, you can select which areas of the mixer are displayed, e.g., I/O, Sends, Track Volume, etc.

The mixer can also be opened from the View menu using the Mixer entry or the shortcut [CTRL][ALT][M] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][M] (Mac).

The term "mixer" now refers to the entire subview that contains In/Out, Sends, Returns, Volume, Track Delay, Crossfader, and Performance Impact controls. 

You can configure individual mixer sections and Return Tracks using the Mixer Controls entry in the View menu.

The section that contains meters is now called Volume and it currently doesn’t have an assigned shortcut.

The sections to the right of Track Headers in the Arrangement View are now called Arrangement Track Controls. You can configure their visibility as well as the visibility of the Return Tracks in the View menu under the Arrangement Track Controls entry. Arrangement Track Controls no longer have shortcuts assigned to them since these are now used for the mixer sections. 

Pitch and Time Utilities

In Clip View, the Notes panel has been renamed to Pitch and Time Utilities and has been divided into two sections: Pitch and Time, which contain controls for adjusting note pitch and timing, respectively.

Pitch Tools:

  • Fit to Scale moves notes to fit within the current clip scale.
  • Invert flips the notes "upside-down" so that the highest note is swapped with the lowest note.
  • Transpose adjusts the pitch transposition for notes in either semitones or scale degrees, if the clip has an active scale.
  • Add Interval creates new notes at the given number of semitones or scale degrees as specified in the Interval Size parameter.

Time Tools:

  • Double stretches notes, the time region, or loop by a factor of 2.
  • Halve compresses notes, the time region, or loop by a factor of 2.
  • Stretch Factor compresses or stretches notes by a factor that can be set in the range from ÷10 to x10.
  • Set Length determines the note length of notes, including fitting note lengths to grid or selected time range.
  • Humanize adds an amount of slight random variation to note start times specified in the Humanize Amount slider, ranging from 0% to 100%.
  • Reverse reverses notes horizontally around the center of the time selection. If no time is selected, all notes in the clip will be reversed.
  • Legato lengthens or shortens each note so that it is just long enough to reach the beginning of the next note. 

Roar

Roar is a dynamic saturation audio effect that comes with Live 12 Suite. Roar can comfortably move from subtle and precise mastering-grade warmth to wild and unpredictable sound mangling.

Input signals can be routed into one of five different Routing Modes: Single, Serial, Parallel, Multiband, Mid/Side, and Feedback. In Multiband Mode, Low/High crossover frequencies are available. In Feedback Mode, you can blend between the direct and the feedback signal. Drive and Tone controls can be used to adjust the incoming signal before it is sent to the Gain Stage section. 

Depending on which Routing Mode is selected, you can apply a shaper curve to the signal in one or more gain stages. Roar offers a selection of wide saturation shaper curves, varying from subtle to distorted, that can be adjusted further using Amount and Bias controls. Several filter options are available and can be applied before or after the shaper. 

There are two LFOs, an Envelope Follower, and a Noise generator for complex modulation possibilities, as well as an expansive Modulation Matrix for easy mappings for most of the device’s parameters. You can use the toggle in the device title bar to access the matrix in an expanded view.

Feedback can be added to define the amount of signal that gets fed back into the device’s input using various time modes. The feedback signal can also be inverted and adjusted with a band-pass filter. 

The Compress control lets you determine the amount of masterbus compression, while the global Output control sets the overall processed signal in dB. 

Scale Awareness

Live 12 offers a new way of choosing and viewing scales, as well as the option of applying scales across MIDI effects and devices. 

You can now select or change a scale for clips using the Scale Mode controls in Live's Control Bar. 

The Scale Mode controls will also reflect any changes when clips with different scales are played, making it easy to see at a glance which scales are in use in a Set. 

 When multiple clips are selected with different scale values, these differences are indicated with asterisks in the Current Scale Name and Current Scale Root Note drop-down menus. 

When multiple clips are selected with different scale awareness states (e.g., if a scale is active or not), this difference is indicated by partially color-filling the Scale Mode toggle. 

When multiple clips are selected, changes to scale settings made in the Control Bar will apply to all selected clips.

In Clip View, when a scale is active, a new Highlight Scale option appears in the MIDI Note Editor. When enabled, the key tracks that belong to notes of the scale will be highlighted in a unique purple color that is used to signify scale awareness throughout Live.

When a scale is active, the pitch-related parameters in MIDI Tools and Pitch and Time Utilities will also use the selected scale.

The built-in MIDI effects Arpeggiator, Chord, Pitch, Random, and Scale have new Use Current Scale toggles in their device title bars. When switched on, the clip's current scale will be applied and pitch-based device parameters can be adjusted in scale degrees opposed to semitones. 

In the Meld device, it is also possible to enable scale awareness for the oscillators or filters.

Screen Reader Support

With the introduction of screen reader support, most of Live's core workflows are now accessible to screen reader users. The following areas of Live can be used with screen readers:

  • Transport controls
  • Browser search
  • Arrangement View
  • Session View
  • Clip and Scene properties
  • MIDI clip editing
  • Native effects and instruments
  • MIDI and Key mapping
  • Working with grooves
  • Tuning systems

Third-party devices are also currently compatible with screen readers but only to a certain extent.

The following areas are not supported for screen readers in Live 12:

  • Browser filtering and tagging
  • Audio warping
  • Automation, modulation, and MPE editing
  • Max for Live devices
  • MIDI and audio metering

Similarity Search

Similarity Search can be used to find similar sounds based on a reference file for audio samples, instrument presets, and drum presets.

In the browser, compatible files will include a Similarity Search icon, clicking on which will return a list of sounds similar to the given file. You can also right-click on an item and select Show Similar Files or use the [CTRL][Shift][F] (Win) / [CTRL][Shift][F] (Mac) shortcut to view this list. The reference file will be shown in the search field and all relevant similar sounding items will be listed below in the order from most to least similar. To the right of each result is a visual representation of how similar an item is compared to the reference sound.

Custom-saved browser categories will remember and reestablish the sound file on which the Similarity Search was based when the category was saved. Note that in such a custom-saved category, the reference file will not be displayed in the search field when opening the category.

Please note that it might take a while for Live to analyze larger libraries and for the feature to be usable for all files. Also, Similarity Search does not support samples longer than 60 seconds.

Similar Sample Swapping

In addition to searching for similar sounds, it is also possible to swap samples based on their similarity in the Simpler and Drum Rack devices using Similar Sample Swapping.

In Simpler, you can click the Swap to Previous Similar Sample or Swap to Next Similar Sample buttons at the bottom right corner of the Sample Display next to the Hot-Swap button to load and cycle through similar sounds.

You can use the Return to Reference context menu option to go back to the original sample that was used as the basis for establishing sound similarity, or the Save as Similarity Reference option to set the currently loaded sample as the new reference sound. 

In Drum Racks, the Show/Hide Sample Swap Buttons toggle at the right of the device's title bar can be switched on to display similarity swapping options for both the entire Rack and individual pads: 

  • Swap All Pads to Previous Similar Sample - swaps all pads in the Rack to the previous similar sample. 
  • Swap All Pads to Next Similar Sample - swaps all pads in the Rack to the next similar sample.
  • Swap to Previous Similar Sample - swaps an individual pad to the previous similar sample.
  • Swap to Next Similar Sample - swaps an individual pad the next similar sample.
  • Lock Pad for Similar Sample Swapping - locks an individual pad so that the sample is not updated when swapping out samples in the entire Rack.

You can also hold the [ALT] key to temporarily display the similarity swapping options.

As in Simpler, you can go back to the original sample using the Return to Reference context menu option , or set the currently loaded sample as the new reference sound using the Save as Similarity Reference option.

When using Hot-Swap mode with Simpler, Drum Rack, or an individual Drum Rack pad, clicking the Show Similar Files button next to the selected sample in the browser will display similar-sounding samples which can then be loaded into the device as needed. 

Note that Similar Sample Swapping does not support samples longer than 60 seconds.

Toggle Clip View Alongside Device View

It is now possible to access Clip View and Device View at the same time. 

To open both views simultaneously, use the triangle buttons next to the Clip View and Device View Selectors in the bottom-right corner of the Live window, or use the keyboard shortcuts [CTRL][ALT][3] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][3] (Mac) for showing Clip View and [CTRL][ALT][4] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][4] (Mac) for showing Device View. 

When only one of the views is displayed, you can still switch between them using the [Shift][Tab] keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the respective view selector tab. When both are shown, [Shift][Tab] will move the focus between the two views.

Holding [ALT] and clicking on either the Clip View or Device View toggle will open both views at the same time.

Note that the width of the Device Breakout View is no longer constrained by the browser, it stretches across the entire application window.

Tuning Systems

Live now supports Scala files, which can be used in Sets to access new tuning options apart from Live’s default 12TET tuning. The Live 12 Core Library also includes a set of various tuning systems, which you can find in the new Tunings label in the browser. 

You can select the Tuning entry in Live’s View menu or double-click an .ascl file in the browser to open the Tuning panel.

When a tuning system is loaded, the corresponding pitches will be played when using any of Live's built-in instruments, as well as any MPE-enabled plug-ins and external instruments, provided that the pitch bend range is set to 48 semitones. Note that non-MPE-enabled instruments or instruments with different pitch bend ranges will play out of tune.

Plug-ins and Max for Live MIDI effects will also be adjusted to follow a loaded tuning system. Note that Drum Racks will automatically bypass a loaded tuning system when added to MIDI tracks.

When a tuning system is loaded into a Set, the scale controls and features in MIDI clips and in the Control Bar will be hidden.

In the Tuning panel of the browser, additional options are available for adjusting the reference pitch of a loaded tuning system. The default octave for tuning system reference pitch is set to 3.

The toggle to the left of a tuning system's name can be used to access the details of the tuning system in an expanded view. The following details are taken from the description included in the Scala file and  displayed in Live: Source, Link, and Number of notes per octave.

The details of a tuning system file are displayed in the Info View when hovering over a loaded tuning system's name

A loaded tuning system can be saved as an .ascl file by clicking the floppy disk icon in the Tuning section of the browser. 

The Bypass Tuning toggle in the I/O section of the mixer can be used to bypass a loaded tuning system for an individual MIDI track. 

It is also possible to configure a track tuning layout for external MIDI controllers using the Track Tuning MIDI Mapper chooser in the I/O section. When using tuning systems with different MIDI controller layouts, it is possible to see the corresponding input key for different notes in the Status Bar when hovering over notes in the piano roll. 

You can select a loaded tuning system and press the [Delete] key to return to Live's default of 12-tone equal temperament. 

UI View Styling 

Live’s UI has been modernized and streamlined, making it easier to view at a glance. 

The overall appearance of Live's various views (such as the Arrangement View, Clip View, Session View, and Live's browser and Preferences), have been updated as follows:

  • New view controls for the browser, Session/Arrangement View, the mixer, and Info View have been added to the outer corners of Live's window and can be toggled to show/hide the corresponding views.
  • New Live Themes have been added with specific options for warm/cool tones and high contrast. Live can also be set to follow your operating system's Light or Dark theme.
  • When using a second window, the zoom level of Live’s first and second windows can be adjusted independently in the Display & Input Preferences.
  • The Groove Pool selector has been removed for now. The Groove Pool can now be shown/hidden via the new drop-down menu next to the Show/Hide Browser and Groove Pool toggle, and it can still be shown/hidden via the View menu's Groove Pool option. 
  • The Show/Hide controls for all Session/Arrangement View mixer sections (i.e., In/Out, Sends, Returns, Mixer, Track Delays, Crossfader, and Performance Impact) have been removed for now. The various mixer sections can still be shown/hidden via the View menu's respective options.
  • The Arrangement View's Clip Overview area, Beat-Time Ruler, and Time Ruler have been visually integrated into the Arrangement View.
  • Scrollbars have been redesigned and will now appear as an element inside the scrolled area. Added a Show Scroll Bars option to the Display & Input Preferences, which can be set to "Always" or "When Scrolling". When selecting the latter, scrollbars will only appear in the UI while scrolling or if the current scroll position changes through another action, such as changing the size of Live’s window.
  • Live’s Preferences now use a new tab styling.
  • The borders around all of Live's views have been removed.
  • All main views now have a slight rounding at their edges.
  • The Control Bar now adapts to the application’s window width so that all controls fit within 1280px width screen resolution.

Feature Improvements

Arrangement View 

  • MIDI clips can now be reversed in Arrangement View by pressing the [R] key.
  • The full clip content is now displayed for deactivated clips in Arrangement View.
  • A new toggle to the right of the Time Ruler can be used to switch on vertical waveform zooming for all audio clip waveforms. There is also a slider to set the zoom factor, which can be applied in x (multiplied by) or dB (which can be selected using the right-click context menu). The waveforms in Arrangement View and the Clip View's Sample Editor will be displayed using the set zoom level. If there is a positive zoom level set it will also be applied to audio clip waveforms as they are recorded.
  • A new Move Clips with Arrow Keys option has been added to the Display & Input Preferences. When enabled, it is possible to move selected clips using the left and right arrow keys in Arrangement View. When switched off, the left arrow key will collapse the time selection to the start point, and the right arrow key will collapse the time selection to the end point.
  • Moving the Insert Marker to the edges of clips with [CTRL] (Win) / [ALT] (Mac) and the left/right arrow keys now works in Automation Mode.
  • When selecting a track, take lane or automation lane header in Arrangement View while the Clip/Device View is open, that lane's content is now also selected.
  • The Optimize Arrangement Height/Width toggles in Arrangement View are now situated underneath the Main track, next to the time ruler and the new waveform vertical zoom controls.

Browser

  • The new All category replaces the “All results” category that previously appeared when entering a term in the search field. When using search, the results displayed in the All category are any items from the entire library (Packs, Plug-ins, Max for Live, User Library and folders) that match the search query, displayed as a flat list.
  • Almost all items within the browser’s categories can now be multi-selected.
  • When unfolding a Live Set in the browser, the expanded list of tracks now includes the Set’s return tracks and Main track. You can unfold the tracks in the Set to reveal a Devices icon representing their device chains. You can then move these chains into the currently open Set using drag and drop or by double-clicking on the chain. The Device settings from the original Set are retained, but any previously recorded automation is not.
  • Sorting plug-ins by Rank in the header of Live’s browser now sorts content by the frequency of use, as expected.
  • Users can now view Live’s browser history. The Browse Forward and Browse Back buttons next to the search bar can be used to take a step forward or back in the browser’s history.
  • The browser can be opened and closed by dragging away from and towards the window margin, respectively.
  • Parts of the browser will now run asynchronously, and therefore won’t block the UI anymore when using large libraries. If needed, asynchronous mode can be switched off using the Options.txt entry: _Feature.Browser.AsyncLoading=off.
  • Added a "Browser File Preview" entry to the Options menu. When enabled, this option will automatically play the selected browser item.
  • The Sounds category now shows all built-in presets and user presets.
  • Core Library updates:
    • New presets were added for the new Meld and Roar devices.
    • Most of the samples and Racks released with Note are now also available in the Live Core library.
    • Operator presets now have Note Pitch Bend enabled.

Clip View

Editor View Modes

  • The MIDI and audio editing parameters in Live 11’s Tool tabs have been moved to the top of the MIDI Note Editor/Sample Editor and are now stored in different tabs referred to as Editor View Modes. You can cycle to the next or previous view mode using the keyboard shortcuts [ALT][Tab] and [ALT][Shift][Tab].
  • In audio clips, the following Editor View Modes are available:
    • Sample - displays the audio file and sample editing options.
    • Envelopes - displays the Envelope Editor. This mode replaced the Envelopes tab/panel; the respective controls are now displayed at the bottom of the Envelopes Editor.
  • In MIDI clips, the available Editor View Modes are:
    • Notes - displays the MIDI Note Editor and Velocity/Chance Editors (except in Live editions where Chance is not supported). The Randomize, Randomize Range, and Velocity Range (renamed to Velocity Deviation) controls previously located in the Notes tab/panel are now displayed at the bottom of the Notes Editor. A drop-down menu can be used to show/hide the Velocity and Chance lanes. A lane header's context menu allows to swap the currently visible lane with a hidden lane, making it possible to quickly change which lane is visible.
    • Envelopes - displays the Envelopes Editor. This mode replaced the Envelopes tab/panel; the respective controls are now displayed at the bottom of the Envelopes Editor. Note that when the Envelopes Editor is open, the Pitch and Time Utilities, MIDI Transformative and Generative Tools tabs/panels are disabled.
    • MPE - displays the MPE Editor. This mode replaced the Note Expression tab/panel. The expression lane names were removed from the lane headers, and they are now displayed when hovering over the lanes. A drop-down menu can be used to show/hide the Slide, Pressure, Velocity, and Release Velocity (previously named "R.Velocity") expression lanes. A lane header's context menu allows to swap the currently visible lanes with hidden lanes, making it possible to quickly change which lanes are visible.

MIDI Note Editor/Sample Editor Updates

  • The Quantize Settings dialog was replaced by a Quantize tab/panel in audio clips and the Quantize MIDI Tool in MIDI clips. The Edit menu's Quantize command and the [CTRL][Shift][U] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][U] (Mac) keyboard shortcut now open the Quantize Settings controls in their new locations.
  • Multiple audio clips can now be quantized at the same time. If the Current Grid option is selected, the Triplets option will now be grayed out.
  • Grid Options are now accessible from the Sample/MIDI Note Editor title bar.
  • The shortcuts Narrow Grid [CTRL][1] (Win) / [CMD][1] (Mac) and Widen Grid [CTRL][2] (Win) / [CMD][2] (Mac) have been added to the context menus in the MIDI Note Editor and Sample Editor, as well as in the Grid chooser within both Editors. 
  • Added a Step Input Mode entry to the Options menu, enabled when a single MIDI clip is selected. When activated, Step Input Mode will arm the track containing the clip, focus the Clip View and toggle the Computer MIDI Keyboard, to allow for faster step recording using either the Computer MIDI Keyboard or an external MIDI device. Note that the Step Input Mode menu entry is not a toggle.
  • Added clip modulation and MIDI mapping support for the following warp modes:
    • Beats - Transient Envelope
    • Tones - Grain Size
    • Texture - Grain Size, Flux
    • Complex Pro - Formants, Envelope
  • Added the Normalize Clip Sample command to the Sample Editor’s context menu.
  • The MIDI Step Input buttons are now located next to the Grid Options in the MIDI Note Editor’s title bar when in Key or MIDI mapping mode.
  • The Fold to Notes (previously Fold) and Fold to Scale commands were added to the View menu.
  • When a scale is enabled in Clip View or in the Control Bar, the Fold to Scale option becomes available in the MIDI Note Editor. A Highlight Scale checkbox also becomes available and allows to switch scale highlighting on and off.
  • The Fold to Notes and Fold to Scale modes can be toggled by pressing [F] and [G] keys respectively. Note that if the Computer MIDI Keyboard is on, you need to also add the [Shift] key for the shortcuts to work.
  • A "MIDI Editor Note Preview" command has been added to the Options menu.
  • The MIDI Editor Preview button is now located above the piano roll. 
  • When the MIDI Editor Preview switch is enabled, selecting one or more notes using the computer keyboard navigation controls [CTRL] + left/right or up/down arrow keys (Win) / [ALT] + left/right or up/down arrow keys (Mac) will play the notes. When using multi-clip editing, keyboard selection will also work if Focus mode is enabled.
  • Added the Crop Clip to Time Selection command to the time selection context menu in the Sample Editor and MIDI Note Editor.
  • When cropping MIDI clips, notes that extend beyond the selected cropping range are trimmed to fit within the new clip boundaries.
  • The sample information of an audio clip (i.e., the file name, sample rate, bit depth, and channel count) is now displayed in the Sample Editor’s title bar instead of the clip's title bar.
  • Loop controls will now be hidden when the Linked switch is toggled in Clip View’s Envelopes panel.
  • The duration of note preview when holding down the mouse on the note or the piano roll was increased.
  • The Clip Gain slider design has been updated to show a scale representing the highest and lowest possible gain amounts, as well as a colored bar that appears when making adjustments above or below 0 dB. This design now matches the updated meters in the mixer.
  • The velocity ramp controls now display the velocity of the first and last note in the selection. They become inactive if the selection has fewer than two notes.
  • It is now possible to split and chop notes in Expression View Mode, with the same interaction patterns as in Notes mode. Note that this functionality does not work if Draw Mode is active.
  • The Randomize button and Randomize Range slider were moved to the MIDI Editor footer in both the Velocity and Chance lanes. Randomize now uses a specific starting point to generate random values every time the button is pressed, making results more predictable as you adjust the amount of randomization.
  • The Velocity Range slider was renamed to Velocity Deviation and moved to the MIDI Editor footer.

Additional Clip View Improvements

  • Clip View and Device View can now be toggled open by clicking on the entire length and width of the Clip and Device View Selectors. Previously, the clickable area was smaller.
  • Clip View and Device View toggles will now be displayed in yellow whenever the views associated with them are selected.
  • The Quantize command [CTRL][U] (Win) / [CMD][U] (Mac) has been improved to apply within a time selection when relevant.
  • Added an Invert Selection command to the Edit menu, which inverts the selection of notes in the MIDI Note Editor. Invert Selection is also accessible via the MIDI Note Editor's context menu or the [CTRL][Shift][A] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][A] (Mac) keyboard shortcut.
  • It is now possible to label a clip’s notes with their MIDI note numbers instead of accidentals, by using the new MIDI Note Number command in the piano roll’s context menu. Also, the Accidentals/MIDI Note Number setting most recently applied to a clip will now be used for the next created clip.

Devices

Arpeggiator

  • Added a toggle to the device's title bar that collapses/expands the device view.
  • Added a Use Current Scale toggle to the device's title bar. When enabled, and if a clip has an active scale, Arpeggiator follows the scale selected in the Current Scale Root Note and Current Scale Name choosers, which is indicated by purple dots on the Root Note and Scale choosers in the device. If a scale is not active, the device follows the scale selected in its own Root Note and Scale choosers.
  • Updated the UI of the device to feature a display which includes Style, Hold, Offset, and Groove controls, as well as a visualization of the selected Arpeggiator pattern.
  • Added Previous/Next Style Pattern arrow buttons respectively to the left and right side of the Style Pattern visualization, below the Style chooser. The buttons allow cycling through and choosing the rhythmical pattern used by Arpeggiator.
  • Adjusted some spacing and rearranged some controls.
  • The Distance control is grayed out when Steps is set to 0.
  • When Arpeggiator uses a scale (either the current clip scale or an internal scale selected from Arpeggiator’s own transpose mode chooser), the Distance parameter will display scale degrees instead of semitones.
  • The Arpeggiator device now transforms per-note pitch bend messages in scale when the Use Current Scale option is enabled. 

Chord

  • Added a Use Current Scale toggle to the device's title bar. When enabled, and if a clip has an active scale, Pitch follows the scale selected in the Current Scale Root Note and Current Scale Name choosers.
  • Added a Strum control that can be used to insert a delay between the notes in the chord. The Strum Tension control can be used to accelerate or decelerate the strumming. Note that Strum Tension is only enabled if Strum is activated.
  • Added a Strum Crescendo parameter that applies an additional multiplier to the velocities of notes in a chord, in addition to the already existing Velocity parameters. Positive values produce velocities with an upwards ramp, whereas negative values produce velocities with a downwards ramp. The velocity ramp is applied to outgoing notes in the order in which they're played. Note that Strum Crescendo is only enabled if Strum is activated.
  • Added a Velocity/Chance toggle that allows adjusting velocity/probability values for each note.
  • Added a Learn feature that saves chord parameter settings from its MIDI input. When the Learn button is activated, the Shift and Velocity parameter settings will be overwritten by the next played chord.
  • Added LEDs next to each shift dial, to indicate when the corresponding note is played.
  • Chord can now send MPE data to notes by enabling the Send Per Note Events to Generated Notes context menu option. When scale awareness is enabled, Chord will transform pitch bend messages so that bent chords stay within the scale.

Envelope MIDI    

  • The ADSR envelope display was updated to allow changing slopes directly in the envelope UI as well as with the Attack, Decay and Release Slopes sliders.
  • Envelope MIDI features a new implementation of Sync mode. Note that this may result in a slight sound difference compared to previous device builds.

Expression Control

  • The UI of Expression Control has been completely overhauled. It is now possible to edit modulation sources in separate tabs, each of which includes its own curve display. As in the other updated modulator devices, the Modulate toggle can be used to apply modulation to a target without taking over the value completely. This new version of Expression Control replaces the older one, which has been renamed to Expression Control Legacy; when opening Live Sets from Live 11 that contain Expression Control, the legacy version of the device will be loaded.

LFO

  • A new Steps parameter can be used to adjust up to 24 steps in the selected waveform.
  • A new Shape parameter allows to bend or skew the selected waveform.
  • Added Stray, a new LFO waveform type.
  • Added Glider, a new LFO waveform type.
  • A dynamic offset line has been added.
  • A 10x toggle for audio rate modulation has been added.

Max for Live Devices Improvements

  • The LFO, Shaper, Expression Control, Envelope Follower, Envelope MIDI, and Shaper MIDI devices now support modulation; this means that a parameter's relative value can be modulated without taking the value over completely. The behavior can be controlled via the Mod toggle. There are also Modulation Polarity switches which can be used to flip the polarity of the modulation. If the Mod toggle is switched off, any mapped modulation behaves exactly as it did prior to this change, e.g., the parameter value is taken over and cannot be adjusted independently. 
  • Clip Modulation is now enabled on all built-in Max for Live device parameters.
  • The devices now feature faster load times and optimized performance.
  • In modulator devices:
    • Non-LCD numboxes now use slider controls.
    • The visual mapping state is canceled after trying to map to a parameter that was already mapped.
  • Patch code is formatted and commented consistently, using all latest Max features, for users who open up the devices (note that this does not apply to DS devices).

Multiband Dynamics

  • The Multiband Dynamics device’s interface has been updated. The Time (Attack and Release) parameters, Above Threshold and Ratio parameters, and Below Threshold and Ratio parameters are now displayed in individual sections.

Note Length

  • Added a Latch mode, which you can turn on using the new Latch button beneath the Trigger Source switch. Latch mode operates differently based on whether the Trigger Source switch is set to Note On or Note Off. If Note On is selected, latched notes will end when all keys and a sustain pedal (if connected) are released and a new Note On message is received. If Note Off is selected, latched notes will start playing when all keys and a sustain pedal (if connected) are released and a new Note Off message is received.
  • Swapped the positions of the Gate and Length knobs.
  • Split the Time mode toggle into two separate buttons, now positioned below the Length knob.
  • Renamed the "Release Vel.2" control to "Rel Vel".
  • Renamed the "Decay Time" control to "Decay".

Operator

  • Added per-note pitch-bend support to the Operator device, which can be enabled via the Enable Note Pitch Bend context menu entry in the device's title bar. Note: Switching this option off can help preserve a stable pitch when using an MPE controller as input.

Pitch

  • Added a Use Current Scale toggle to the device's title bar. When enabled, and if a clip has an active scale, Pitch follows the scale selected in the Current Scale Root Note and Current Scale Name choosers.
  • Added Step Down/Up (-/+) buttons and a dedicated Step Width slider underneath the Pitch control. The Step Down/Up buttons decrease/increase the Pitch parameter by the distance set in the Step Width slider. All of these controls can be assigned Key and/or MIDI mappings.
  • Repositioned the Lowest and Range sliders.
  • Added a Mode drop-down menu containing three different modes to choose from: Block, Fold, and Limit. The selected mode determines what happens to notes outside of the range defined by the Lowest and Range parameters.
  • The Pitch device now transforms per-note pitch bend messages in scale when the Use Current Scale option is enabled. 

Random

  • Added a Use Current Scale toggle to the device's title bar. When enabled, and if a clip has an active scale, Random follows the scale selected in the Current Scale Root Note and Current Scale Name choosers.
  • The Scale parameter has been renamed to Interval to avoid confusion with Live’s new Current Scale features.
  • The Mode switch has been split into two separate toggles: Random and Alt.
  • Random now transforms per-note pitch bend messages in scale when the Use Current Scale option is enabled. 

Sampler

  • A new Round Robin feature has been added to the Sampler device’s Zone Editor. This feature lets you cycle through samples in four different ways: Forward, Backward, Other, and Random. The Zone Editor also has a Round Robin Reset Interval selector, which resets the counter at a chosen time interval (¼ Bar, ½ Bar, 1 Bar, 2 Bars, or 4 Bars).

Shaper

  • The Shaper device now offers different play modes: Loop, One-shot and Manual. In the Manual mode, the adjusted shape can be scrolled through back and forth with a dial, while the One-shot mode offers a mappable button to trigger the Shape once.

Scale

  • If there is an active clip in the track containing the device, Scale's parameters now follow the clip’s Root Note and Scale Name settings.
  • When following the song or clip scale, the effective scale and root note are indicated in the Base and Scale name choosers.
  • Added info text for the Scale Name chooser and Transpose knob.

Other Device Improvements

  • Drum Rack return chains can now be reordered.
  • When selecting two or more chains within a Drum, Instrument, Audio Effect, or MIDI Effect Rack, the parameters of the selected chains can be altered at the same time.
  • Improved delay time calculations in the Echo device, which ensures more consistent and reliable sound effects.
  • Removed the MPE label from the title bars of the following devices: Electric, Simpler, Sampler, Wavetable as all Live instruments can now support MPE.

Device View

  • Audio and MIDI signal meters in the Device View are now taller, making them significantly easier to read.
  • Added a background and rounded corners to device drop areas.
  • When adding an audio effect to a device chain in which there are no instruments present, there is now an additional audio meter visible on the right side of the instrument drop area.
  • Device chain input meters are now displayed on the separator between the Info View and Device View if the Info View is open.
  • Device chain input meters are now displayed on the leftmost edge of the Device View if the Info View is closed.

Interface

  • Added a Resync External Hardware option for sending resync messages to clock-synced hardware. When Sync is enabled for a device, you can set the resync behavior using the drop-down menu in the MIDI port’s output via the Link, Tempo & MIDI Preferences. In the same Preferences page, you can also enable the Show Resync Button, which will then display a Resync External Hardware indicator in Live’s Control Bar.
  • Added a Playback menu, which contains commands related to playback and recording.
  • The Master Track was renamed to "Main Track", and the Master routing target was renamed to "Main".
  • The View menu now has a Scene Tempo and Time Signature entry, which shows or hides scene tempo and time signature values in the Main Track.
  • Live's demo Set can now be loaded using the new Load Demo Set entry in the Help menu.
  • Using the "Insert Empty MIDI Clips" command in the Create menu or in the context menu for multiple selected empty clip slots (Session View) or multiple selected empty MIDI track lanes (Arrangement View) now creates multiple empty MIDI clips.
  • You can now freeze and flatten tracks in a single step using the new "Freeze and Flatten Track" command. This command can be found in the Edit menu, or the right-click context menu of a Track Title Bar.
  • The "Track Delay" option in the View menu was renamed to "Track Options". When opened, Track Options still features the Track Delay control, as well as a new Keep Latency button. When Keep Latency is on with monitoring active, the recording reflects the monitoring latency. When Keep Latency is off, Live no longer uses the monitoring latency in the recording. When monitoring is off, the Keep Latency control is disabled. If recording two tracks with monitoring enabled at the same time, one with Keep Latency on, and one with Keep Latency off, the former will show the recorded audio later on the timeline.
  • Return tracks can now be copied, pasted, duplicated, and reordered.
  • Switching between the Session View and Arrangement View when dragging a clip to the respective view selector button now happens immediately in the second window.
  • When selecting a clip or time selection in Session or Arrangement View, the content in the track will remain selected when switching between Session and Arrangement. This means that the track highlighting will stay with the expected track when moving between views.
  • Holding down the mouse-wheel now pans views in Live, such as the Arrangement View, Session View, or any scrollable area.
  • Resetting a value to its default by either double-clicking on a slider or pressing the Delete key is now possible in more places in Live.
  • If an audio device selected in the Preferences doesn't open correctly, the audio device chooser will now preserve the selection instead of reverting to the last used device.
  • Live’s Splash, About and Welcome screens now feature a new look.
  • The list of tabs in Live's Preferences is now named the Preference Page Chooser.
  • The Look/Feel Preferences have been split into two new tabs: Display/Language/Input and Theme/Colors. The Theme/Color Preferences contain a new section called Theme, which can be used to set Live’s theme, as well as adjust the theme’s color tone and contrast. There is also an option to “Follow System” which will set Live’s theme based on the system’s currently selected light/dark mode preference.
  • Live's title bar now uses the Colors system setting for light/dark mode on Windows 10 and 11.
  • Inactive controls in Live’s Control Bar now use the same foreground color.
  • On macOS, when viewing an existing Live Set, the main window now shows an icon that represents the document. You can right-click on the icon to reveal the directory path for the Live Set.
  • The project name has been removed from the title bar.
  • Live's default Set now has the Cue Out volume set to -6 dB.
  • Replaced the link in the Help menu that points to Ableton's homepage with one that points to Ableton's Help page.
  • Added a link to ableton.com to the Help View’s front page.
  • Help View's Table of Contents has been updated for Live 12.
  • Updated the What’s New lesson to include new Live 12 features. The lesson will be updated and expanded throughout the beta phase.
  • Updated software texts in various areas of Live.

Max for Live

  • Updated the bundled Max build to version 8.6.0.
  • Max is now started during the splash screen loading process when opening Live.
  • Introduced live.modulate~ object, which allows users to modulate Live parameters from within Max for Live.
  • Introduced live.map object, designed to make it simpler to retrieve the name, Live API ID and Live Object Modal path of parameters. The object is intended to simplify patches that obtain information about parameters through clicking interactions.
  • Using Live to open the Max editor no longer opens the in-app Max Tour.
  • Max no longer checks for updates when using Live to open the Max editor.
  • Introduced support for the @normalized attribute in live.remote~ object.
  • The Live Object Model paths of the following items can now be obtained via their context menus:
    • clip slots
    • Session clips
    • Arrangement clips
    • tracks
    • scenes
    • devices
    • device parameters
    • Rack chains
    • Drum Rack pads
  • The Live Object Model paths of the following items can now be copied via their context menus:
    • track
    • scene
    • session clip slot
    • session clip
    • arrangement clip
    • device
    • device parameter
    • device rack chain/drum chain
    • drumpad
    • mixer device/volume
    • mixer device/panning
    • mixer device/left split stereo
    • mixer device/right split stereo
    • mixer device/track activator
    • mixer device/sends 
    • chain mixer device/chain_activator
    • chain mixer device/panning

Mixer Improvements

  • The overall design of the mixer has been updated to improve visibility:
    • Mixer faders now have larger handles, which have also been moved to the left of the meters. The dB values remain on the right of the meters.
    • The meters now provide better contrast and have rounded corners.
    • The maximum possible height for the mixer panel has been increased.
  • The meter gradient was overhauled and now shows a gradient starting at -16 dB towards 0 dB to have better visual guidance in this critical area of mixing.
  • The meter ballistics for peak and RMS metering have been improved.
  • Mouse handling has been improved in order to avoid sudden volume jumps.
  • A toggle that opens/closes the mixer in Session or Arrangement View has been added to the Status Bar. Next to the toggle, there is a drop-down menu that can be used to select which areas of the mixer to display, e.g., In/Out, Sends, and so on. The enabled areas are stored with the individual view, rather than being linked across Session and Arrangement.
  • Added a 6-pixel-high stripe that mirrors the track color to the bottom of the mixing area in order to help with navigation and track identification.

Push 1 and 2

  • Push 2 will now use the same technology as Push 3, instead of using a remote script. This introduces some UI changes to Push 2. It is possible to force the use of the remote script by adding the option -Push2UseLegacyScript to Live's Options.txt file.
  • Changing probability values of grouped notes from Push 2 will affect all notes in that group and the grouped value in Live.
  • Added tuning system support for Push 1. When a tuning system is active, the note layout is adjusted accordingly. In this mode, the additional scale controls are disabled and only a Layout option is available in the Scales menu.

Push 3 

  • The Load Previous and Load Next actions are now assigned to the lower display buttons instead of the upper display buttons.
  • The Preview button and text now change color depending on whether Preview is active or not.
  • Push 3 supports the newly introduced tuning systems. When a tuning system is loaded in Live, Push’s pads and interface will update to reflect the change:
    • When using no tuning system or a tuning system with twelve notes with identical intervals between adjacent notes (equal temperament), the full Scales menu is available.
    • When using a tuning system with twelve notes with differing intervals between adjacent notes (non-equal temperament), the root note selector is not available in the Scales menu.
    • When using a tuning system that is not built with twelve notes, the Scales menu is displayed in the same way as before for all tuning systems: with one list for configuring the interval between rows in semitones.
    • The Layout control has more options to help suit the different needs of different systems. Adjust this control to change the number of semitones each row is offset from the one below it. For example, if
    • Layout is set to 5st the first pad will be pitch 1, then the pad above it will be pitch 6, and the pad above that will be pitch 11, and so on.
    • In Melodic mode, Push's pads will display the root note of the system in the track color, and all other notes of the system in white.
    • The sequencers update to indicate the correct pitches in the normal levels of white.
    • Note names in Push’s Clip View will be updated to reflect whatever notes are used in a loaded tuning system.
    • When Push 3 is set to MPE Expression Mode and Note Pitch Bend is set to Automatic, pitch bend will be disabled if a tuning system is enabled in Live.
  • New parameter banks for the Live 12 devices Meld, Roar, and CC Control have been added to Push 3 and 2.
  • The Random and Arpeggiator device parameter banks have been updated.
  • The Scale parameter in the Random device has been renamed to Interval to match the updated device UI.
  • Updated parameter banks for the Scale and Chord MIDI effects.

Session View

  • Changed the behavior of moving clips from Session View to Arrangement View:
    • Looped clips taken from the same scene will be extended so that they span the same duration as the longest clip in the selection.
    • Clips taken from different scenes are ordered sequentially and clips taken from the same scene are aligned vertically so that they also play in the same order in Arrangement as in Session.
  • When selecting a track header in Session View, the slot selection is no longer collapsed when the track has a selected slot. This keeps the highlighted track and the device chain in sync with the current clip shown in the Clip View.
  • Added a [CTRL][Enter] (Win) / [CMD][Enter] (Mac) keyboard shortcut for triggering the Clip Stop button for all tracks with selected slots. The button will be highlighted when the shortcut is used.

Setup

  • A Keep Monitoring Latency in Recorded Audio option has been added to the [right-click](Win) / [CTRL-click](Mac) context menu of the Monitor radio buttons for each track. This option is enabled by default, but when unchecked, recordings will have the same latency as if recorded with monitoring set to Off, regardless of which monitoring mode is selected.
  • Live can now import and export audio files greater than 4 GB (such as .bwf and .rf64 files) by using the ITU Broadcast Wave file format. Please note, however, that Live does not support Sony Digital Pictures Wave64 files, which have the extension .w64.
  • When clicking a link to ableton.com from Live, the website now loads in the language set in Live’s Preferences. Previously, the website’s language was based on the web browser’s settings.

Tempo Follower

  • When deleting a track containing a clip whose tempo is being followed, the tempo automation is also deleted.