Ableton has announced the much-anticipated next version of Live, the company's software for music creation and performance. Live 10 introduces four new Devices, a completely re-designed sound library, workflow-accelerating refinements and more. Improvements to Push allow more of the music creation process to happen away from the computer and a fully-integrated Max for Live means unlimited potential comes built into Live.
Not only have lots of new features and improvements been added to version 10 but there is currently a very sweet deal that will make Live 10 even more tempting (and affordable). Between now and the release of the new version you can get 20% off Live 9 and you will get a FREE upgrade to Live 10 when it is released early next year!
New Devices, new sounds
A new instrument and three new effects bring a broader, bolder palette of sound to Live.
- Wavetable is Ableton’s new synth. Its vast sonic palette is created with
a variety of waveforms derived from analog synths and a range of other instruments and
sounds, as well as modeled analog filters, and deep, flexible modulation
- Echo delivers sounds from classic analog and digital textures to diffused soundscapes,
wailing feedback and other experimental atmospheres
- Drum Buss is an all-in-one drum sculpting tool for adding warmth, adjusting transient
response, injecting low end and more
- Pedal features three separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz guitar
pedals. Not just for guitars, it excels at warming up vocals, driving synth sounds or
Faster music creation
Live 10 offers a multitude of workflow refinements and entirely new features that
make working with ideas easier at every stage of the creative process. Some of these
- Live’s interface has been updated to be cleaner and clearer with sharper graphics and
refined colors. And a range of optimized themes improves visibility in all environments
- Capture recalls an idea after it has been played and turns it into a MIDI clip with feel
and groove intact—a fast, intuitive way to turn spontaneous inspiration into music.
- Multiple MIDI clip editing shows the content of two or more clips in one view for better
control of the musical relationships in a song.
- Arrangement View improvements such as nudging, time stretching, one-key zooming
and drag-and-drop track duplication make editing faster and easier.
- Browser Collections provide at-a-glance access to favorite or most-used musical
- Groups within groups improves Set organization even with lots of tracks and a detailed
arrangement—multiple tracks and groups can be folded together for a simple overview.
- Note chasing triggers MIDI notes even if playback starts in the middle—the note doesn’t
need to be started from the beginning to hear pads or other sustained notes.
- I/O Renaming lets producers easily select the right routing by labeling Live’s inputs and
outputs to match the instruments and hardware in the studio.
- Mixing improvements including improved gain range and Bass Mono feature in Utility,
extended low frequency slopes on EQ Eight and Split Stereo Pan provide more detailed
control when mixing.
New library of sound
With a re-designed Core Library and all-new Packs, Live 10 has more inspiring sounds that
are ready for music making, right out of the box.
- The Core Library gets a sonic upgrade with richer, more detailed sounds. It has also been
reorganized to make those sounds easier to find.
- Essential Instruments are four new Packs including synths, and multi-sampled electric keys
- Curated Collections are carefully compiled Packs that capture the musical threads that tie
together evolving styles and scenes—each containing instruments, clips and samples that
share a common sonic theme.
More hands-on control with Push
Live 10 brings new functionality and new high-resolution visualizations
- A new step sequencing layout allows simultaneous note sequencing
and real time playing.
- Notes in a clip are displayed directly on Push for easier navigation
- Detailed views show the interfaces of key Ableton Devices including
Wavetable, Echo, EQ Eight and Compressor.
- Workflow improvements to layouts, building and extending patterns,
track arming and more give beat makers a more fluid experience while in
the creative process.
Max for Live – no limits, built in
Max for Live is now built into Live 10, providing faster, more stable
- A fully integrated Max for Live means Max for Live devices now load
faster, use less CPU and feel more like Live’s native Devices.
- New audio routing capabilities enable multi-channel audio routing for
performances, installations and theaters using multi-channel speaker setups.
- Updated Devices include sonically upgraded Drum Synths, improved
modulation and mapping Devices and more.
- Advanced MIDI–hardware integration is possible now Max for
Live devices can send and receive SysEx, allowing deeper access to
synthesizers—including full preset backup dumps, parameter control and
more. Max for Live can also create custom control surfaces for custom