*NOTE: Live, Live Suite & Live Intro updated to version 10.1 (free update) on May 28th 2019.
Live 10.1 adds:
- User wavetables: Extend the capabilities of Wavetable’s oscillator section by importing your own wavetables or samples from your library into the device.
- Channel EQ: A flexible and simple EQ with curves and gain ranges suitable for a variety of audio material. The shape of the filters adapts based on how controls are set to always provide musical results.
- Delay: Combines Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay and adds feature upgrades. Ping pong behavior, as well as Jump, Fade-In and Pitch controls from those devices are all accessed from the front panel.
- New automation features: Choose from a new palette of automation shapes, stretch and skew automation and enter precise values with your numerical keyboard. Get easier access to clip modulation in Session View. Live now also simplifies complex automation into C- and S-shapes for easier editing.
- Improvements to zooming and scrolling: Live 10.1 makes switching between detailed views and big-picture editing faster with streamlined keyboard shortcuts, pinch zooming on compatible computers, a resizable Arrangement Overview window, and more.
Live 10 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard, and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, instruments, effects, and Packs.
For more information on the differences between Live Intro, Standard, and Suite, please visit: https://www.ableton.com/en/live/compare-editions/
What's new in Live 10?
Create bolder sounds with Live’s new devices. Stay in the flow with a multitude of workflow improvements. Do even more away from the computer with Push. Build your sound with a curated library. And get the unlimited potential of Max for Live, seamlessly built in.
Create with new devices
Meet Wavetable, Echo, Drum Buss and Pedal: new devices that mean colorful new sounds are possible with Live’s instruments and effects.
Immediately playable, infinitely capable, Wavetable is a new synthesizer built by Ableton. Shape, stretch and morph sounds using wavetables derived from analog synths, and a range of other instruments and sounds. Start sculpting sounds right away—even without a deep knowledge of synthesis—or explore its rich palette and potential through an intuitive interface.
Echo brings together the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device—your new go-to delay. Drive and shape sounds with its analog-modeled filters, turn up the noise and wobble for vintage imperfections, or add modulation and reverb to create diffuse soundscapes, wailing feedback and more.
Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, capable of adding subtle character or bending and breaking drums to your will. Add warmth and distortion with drive and crunch, take control of dynamics with compression and transient shaping, dial in and tune boom and control bass decay with the dedicated low end section.
With separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz guitar pedals, Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live. The effect goes all the way from subtle to reckless—it excels at warming up vocals and other instruments, driving synth sounds or completely smashing drums. And of course, it sounds great with guitars.
Stay in the flow
You’ll find improvements to Live that help you stay in the flow at every stage of your creative process, whether you’re getting ideas down, organizing your setup or editing the details of your music.
Turn your most spontaneous ideas into music, without thinking about recording. Starting a song? Just arm a MIDI track and play. When an idea emerges, press Capture MIDI after you played it. Live will match your tempo and timing, and start your melody or groove in a perfect loop. You can also use the feature to progress your songs: add new parts or overdub MIDI into existing clips without breaking your flow—just press Capture MIDI after you’ve played it right.
Edit multiple MIDI clips
Create drums and bass, or chords and melody in tandem. Work with multiple MIDI clips across multiple tracks within a single view—in both Session and Arrangement. Now you can edit smarter and take better control of the musical relationships in your song.
Create and arrange more fluidly
The Arrangement View has been optimized for quick creative editing and more efficient song creation. Easily stretch a clip, slide its content or create audio fades with new clip interactions that work directly in the Arrangement. Automate with greater control using grid snapping and other improved breakpoint interactions.
Focus instantly on what you need to with quick keyboard shortcuts: toggle automation visibility for all tracks, zoom in and out of selections of your song, nudge clips, and even make audio edits like reversing samples.
A multitude of workflow refinements
When it comes to creative flow, sometimes the little things make the biggest difference. Live 10 comes with a long list of them—here are just a few.
Keep your go-to devices, plug-ins and samples close at hand: create color-coded collections and access them instantly in the browser.
Notes now trigger even if playback starts in the middle, so you don't need to start the clip from the beginning to hear a long pad, for example.
Instantly select the right routing by labeling Live’s inputs and outputs to match the instruments and hardware in your studio.
With its improved gain range you can more effectively use Utility for volume automation, keeping the mixer free. The Bass Mono feature in Utility and EQ Eight's extended 10Hz low frequency range give you more precise bass control. Split Stereo in the mixer now allows for flexible placement of individual channels in the stereo space.
Create groups within groups
Mix with greater flexibility—process individual group elements, a subgroup or an entire bus. And manage Sets more easily; even with lots of tracks and a detailed arrangement, you can use multiple levels of groups to quickly fold tracks together for a simple overview.
Refined look and feel
Live’s interface has been updated to be cleaner and clearer with sharper graphics and refined colors. And a range of optimized themes improves visibility in all environments.
Do even more from Push
Live 10 brings new functionality and new high-res visualizations to Push. Now you’ll spend even less time with the computer—whether you’re composing ideas, editing MIDI or shaping and mixing sounds.
New melodic step sequencing layout
Simultaneously sequence notes and play them in from the same pad layout – the bottom half of the layout allows you to play notes in real time while the top half lets you sequence them.
Advanced Device visualization
See Wavetable or Echo in rich detail on Push as you play. When mixing, you’ll see spectrum analysis on EQ Eight, as well as advanced Mid/Side and Left/Right EQ modes. Get real-time audio visualizations from Live's Compressor: see threshold settings and compressor activity, plus set up sidechain routing.
MIDI note view
Navigate and refine the notes of your pattern in context directly on the Push display. Press and hold a step in your sequence to zoom in and use the on-screen control to adjust velocity, note position and length.
New library of sound
With new collections of Packs, Live 10 has more sounds that are ready for finished music, right out of the box. They’re set up for tweaking to your needs or taking in different directions. Plus the library has been reorganized to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
A new range of sound packs captures the musical threads that tie together evolving styles and scenes. Each Pack is a curated selection of instruments, clips and samples that share a common sonic theme. They’re ready to create with as they are, and are also set up with Macros for shaping into something completely new.
Built by Ableton in collaboration with artists and sounds designers, Live 10 Suite comes with four new in-depth instrument packs:
Drum Essentials includes a huge collection of classic electronic kits and hits. Drum Booth brings together all the acoustic drum and percussion sounds you need. Synth Essentials offers expertly programmed presets for Live’s synths alongside multisampled racks of classic hardware. And Electric Keyboards brings the lush multisampled sound of electric pianos and organs to Live’s instrument lineup.
All changes in Live 10
- Warped Arrangement audio clips can now be stretched by holding down Shift while dragging their border.
- It is now possible to move Arrangement clips within a time selection using the arrow left/right keys. To toggle grid snapping, hold down the “CMD” (Mac) / “Alt” (PC) modifier key.
- It is now possible to slide the contents of an Arrangement clip within the clip’s boundaries, by holding “Alt+Shift” (Mac) / “Ctrl+Shift” (PC) then clicking and dragging the lower half of the clip. To toggle grid snapping, hold down the “CMD” (Mac) / “Alt” (PC) modifier key.
- In the Arrangement, the “Reverse” command can now be performed on a time selection via the new “R” shortcut key. When using Reverse on a partially-selected clip in Arrangement, only the selected part is reversed.
- Arrangement clips can now be moved by dragging the upper half of the clip content area. The mouse cursor changes to a hand to indicate the clip’s draggable area, where time selections can also be made via a single-click.
- Fades have been removed from the Fades/Devices chooser in the Arrangement. Clip fades are now always available, if the track is at least three units tall.
- Introduced fade edge handles in the Arrangement, which allow users to change the duration of a fade in (via the “Fade In Start Handle”) and fade out (via the “Fade Out End Handle”) without affecting the fade peaks.
- The “Activate/Deactivate clip(s)” command now only (de)activates the selected portion of Arrangement clips. Previously, the entire clip would be (de)activated, even if only part of it was selected.
- The Edit menu’s Loop Selection shortcut “CMD+L” (Mac) / “CTRL+L” (PC) also turns OFF the Arrangement Loop if no new selection is made (in which case it would loop that selection). Previously, the shortcut could only enable the Arrangement Loop, but not disable it.
- It is now possible to enable MIDI note chasing via the “Chase MIDI Notes” command in the Options menu.
- It is possible to import an audio or MIDI file via the Create menu. Depending on the track type, this command is named “Import MIDI File…” or “Import Audio File”. The file will be inserted either where at the Insert Marker position (Arrangement View) or in the currently selected empty clip slot (Session View).
- The Shift key is the new global Mac and Windows fine-tune modifier.
- Double-clicking on a MIDI track in Arrangement View now creates a new MIDI clip.
- MIDI and Key mappings can now be assigned to the Lock Envelopes switch.
- Improved the performance of dragging and dropping clips in the Arrangement.
- Introduced a global automation mode. In the Arrangement, the visibility of all automation lanes is now toggled via the Automation Mode button or the “A” key. When the automation lanes are visible.
- Breakpoints now snap to the grid when they are moved.
- When breakpoints are created close to a grid line, they now automatically snap to the grid.
- Automation values are now displayed when hovering over a breakpoint, or dragging any of the following: an automation segment, multiple automation segments within a time selection, or multiple breakpoints in a time selection.
- It is now possible to create automation breakpoints by double-clicking anywhere in an envelope view/automation lane.
- It is now possible to move automation segments horizontally.
- Pressing Shift while moving a breakpoint or segment of automation locks the movement either horinzontally or vertically depending on the direction of the initial movement.
- The “Shift” modifier is no longer required for moving automation segments past existing breakpoints.
- A vertical editing helper line now appears when moving breakpoints in the Arrangement View or Detail View.
- While creating an automation breakpoint in a time selection, the time selection disappears, which enables moving the newly-created breakpoint.
- It is also possible to split, deactivate, reverse and crop clips within a time selection while in automation mode.
- Introduced the Collections and Colors feature in Live’s browser.
- It is now possible to install and update Packs from within the Browser.
- When previewing samples in the browser, one-shot samples preview un-quantized.
- When unfolding a Live Set in the Browser, Group Tracks are now available.
- In the browser’s sidebar, it is now possible to rename user folders in the Sidebar, this is only in Live and doesn’t rename the folders on disk.
- The User Library and Current Project folders now have context menus with the “Locate Folder” / “Show in Finder” command.
- Files can be dragged and dropped onto the User Library, Current Project and user folders in the Sidebar directly.
- Introduced Capture MIDI: a new way to get music into Live.
- Introduced Wavetable, a new Instrument for Live. Wavetable is a dual oscillator wavetable synthesizer with flexible modulation, that brings harmonically rich and expansive modern sounds to Live’s sonic palette.
- Introduced Echo, a new audio effect device for Live. Echo is a modulation delay that is capable of a wide range of sounds, from tape-saturated and bucket-brigade styles, right through to modern, clean and digital delays. Echo includes an LFO that modulates filter frequency and delay time, and an envelope follower that can be blended with the LFO. Noise and Wobble parameters simulate sound artifacts found in vintage delays. Also included are a distortion switch, a reverb, stereo width control, a ducking compressor, a gate, a feedback signal inversion switch, and a toggle for repitching and crossfading repeats.
- Introduced Drum Buss, a new audio effect for Live. An analog-style drum processor, Drum Buss is designed to add body and character to a group of drums, while gluing them together in a tight mix. Drum Buss combines the most used drum processing tools into a single device, which includes distortion, a compressor, low-frequency enhancement, a transient shaper and a control for dampening high frequency response.
- Introduced Pedal, a new audio effect device for Live. Pedal is a guitar distortion effect that can also be used in less conventional settings, e.g. as a standalone effect on synths or drums. Pedal has three different modes: Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz. Each mode was inspired by distortion pedals with their own distinct sonic characteristics, including: warm and smooth, tight and aggressive, and bluesy yet broken.
- Introduced the improved Utility device for Live. The Gain control can now be adjusted from -infinite dB to +35 dB. The Left / Right Phase buttons now invert Utility’s input signal instead of its output signal. Furthermore, the layout has been redesigned to fit new features, including a Mono switch, a Bass Mono switch, a Bass Mono Frequency slider, a Bass Mono Audition button, and a Balance knob control (which replaces the Panorama slider). Older Sets will continue to sound the same due to an added legacy mode. Older Utility devices can be upgraded via a button in the title bar.
- Extended EQ Eight’s minimum frequency down to 10 Hz.
- When loading a short sample into an empty Simpler instance, Warp and Loop are now deactivated: only long samples inherit “Warp On” and “Loop On” from an existing audio Clip or a pre-existing *.asd file, as before. Additionally, when a sample is already loaded into Simpler, replacing it with a new one will retain all the previous settings related to warping or looping.
- It is now possible to export MP3, FLAC and WAVPACK.
- Upon saving a Set using “Save Live Set”, “Save Live Set As” or “Save a Copy”, the previous version gets moved into a backup folder of the current Project. Up to 10 old versions of the Set are stored in this folder.
- When saving a Live Set, the undo history is no longer cleared. The original file and history position are remembered when creating, loading and saving a Live set and the information is used to restore the Live set after a crash.
- Improved naming and sorting of recorded audio files, by attaching a timestamp to the filename.
- Added various changes for Windows 10:Large Live Sets can now be closed 5-10 times faster.
- Live now supports Jump Lists in the Start menu and Taskbar.
- Owners of Live 9 and 10 can choose which version of Live to open a Live Set with, by right-clicking that Set and selecting “Open With”.
- It is now possible to associate .als files with a specific Live version, via “Control Panel” → “Apps” → “Default Apps”.
- Improved the speed of loading samples referenced by a Live Set. This reduces the Live Set loading time considerably.
- It is now possible to create Group Tracks within Group Tracks.
- For Group Tracks, the “Assign Track Color to Clips” context menu item was renamed to “Assign Track Color To Grouped Tracks & Clips”. When the command is used, the contained tracks (and their respective clips) inherit the Group Track’s color.
- Introduced the new Ableton Sans font in Live.
- Introduced new colors in Live 10’s color palette.
- MIDI notes are now drawn in their clip color in the Note Editor.
- Updated the appearance of clips in both Session and Arrangement View.
- Introduced a set of four new themes in place of the previously available Live “skins”.
- Introduced a preference to enable HiDPI mode on Windows. HiDPI mode can be enabled on Windows 10 via Live’s Preferences → Look/Feel → Enable HiDPI mode.
- Introduced Pen Tablet Mode to Live’s Preferences. Pen Tablet Mode allows use of graphic tablets to meaningfully control Live’s UI. It replaces the “AbsoluteMouseMode” option.
- Added a “Assign Track Color to Clips” menu item to the context menu of track headers.
- Some of Live’s UI motion has been improved to move at 60 frames per second.
- Added several visual improvements for Windows: the second window now shows the same menu bar as the main window. When the Alt key is pressed, no letters in the menu bar are underlined anymore.
- There is always space reserved for the clip/device drop area in Session View to enable dragging and dropping there.
- Enabled sample dots on the waveforms. When zooming in, users can now more closely see where their samples are on the Time Ruler.
- It is now possible to reset knob and slider control values to their default value by double-clicking them (in the same way that the “Delete” keyboard shortcut works).
- The state of the MIDI Editor’s Fold button is now set globally across all tracks, rather than per track. The Fold button can now be Key/MIDI-mapped.
- The state of the MIDI Editor’s Preview switch is now set globally across all tracks, rather than per track.
- Changed Fold button behaviour for MIDI clips on tracks that contain a Drum Rack: when Fold is deactivated, the MIDI Note Editor only shows rows with pitches corresponding to a pad with devices on it, and when Fold is activated, only rows containing notes are displayed.
- On Windows, the preference to enable HiDPI is now enabled by default for new users of Live 10. Additionally, VST plugins which had UI issues on HiDPI screens in the default scaled mode now work out of the box as long as this is enabled. Please note that certain HiDPI plugins might require to manually disable scaling (via context menu) in order to use them on HiDPI screens.
- On Windows, it is now possible to decide on a per plug-in basis how its GUI is scaled on HiDPI screens. This is achieved via a context menu by right-clicking on the plug-in device either in the browser or in the Detail View. By default, provided HiDPI is enabled in the Preferences, the plug-in window is scaled so that it has the proper size on HiDPI screens. If the setting is disabled, the plug-in will appear much smaller in size, but this helps in cases where the mouse would behave erratically when trying to interact with the plug-in UI.
- Context menu items now react when the mouse is released, instead of after the initial mouse click. This makes it possible to drag away from a selection to cancel triggering an item, while keeping the context menu open.
- You can now start or stop multiple Link-running applications at the same time, both on a single device and across multiple devices.
- Introduced multi-clip editing.
- It is now possible to change a track’s Pan control to “Split Stereo Pan Mode”, via a context menu item. This both applies to both Arrangement and Session View.
- It is now possible to route an individual Drum Rack pad’s audio output to one of its parent Drum Rack’s return chains. This allows these return chains to be used as mix buses.
- The number of audio-in buses for plug-ins has been increased to a total of eight inputs.
- It is now possible to convert audio to MIDI from Push, using the Convert button.
- Introduces a root level Collections folder for color labels/collections in the Push 2 browser in Live 10.
- It is now possible to arm a track with one hand via Push 2 by holding the respective track’s selection button.
- Control Surfaces are now available when Live runs as a ReWire slave. This applies to both Push 1 and 2 as well.
- Added Split Stereo Pan Mode to Push 1 and 2. When Split Stereo Pan Mode is active while in Global Mix Mode, the current pan value is displayed but the pan dial is inactive. In Track Mix Mode, either the pan dial or stereo pan sliders are shown, depending on the active pan mode.
- Nested chains can now be displayed, folded and unfolded on Push 2.
- The Repeat button’s state and setting is now remembered for each track.
- Enabled the Push 2 display process to run on the integrated GPU on dual-GPU hardware on macOS.
Instruments & Effects
- Added visualization of Wavetable’s oscillators and filter curves to Push 2 along with the capability to assign modulation to the active parameter.
- Added visualization of Echo’s time tunnel and filter curves to Push 2.
- Added visualization of EQ Eight’s frequency spectrum to Push 2.
- Added a new parameter layout and a visualization of Compressor’s Activity View to Push 2 along with the capability to configure a sidechain routing.
- Added a visualization of Operator’s Envelopes to Push 2.
- Added a visualization of Simpler’s Envelopes to Push 2.
- Filter curves are now available for Simpler on Push 2.
- Improved waveform drawing performance for Push 2.