Ableton Live 10, a major update to the popular DAW, is now available.
Live 10 features four new devices, workflow refinements and a redesigned sound library; new functionality and high-res visualizations for Push; and Max is now fully integrated into Live 10 Suite, delivering faster, more stable performance.
Here’s a hands-on demo of the biggest new features in Live 10, from Ableton Certified Trainer Serafin Sanchez:
New Instruments & Effects
- Wavetable is Ableton’s latest synth and offers a ‘vast sonic palette’.
- Echo produces delay sounds from classic textures to soundscapes, wailing feedback and experimental atmospheres.
- Drum Buss is capable of adding subtle character or ‘completely bending and breaking’ drums.
- Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live, with separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz guitar pedals.
- Capture recalls an idea after it has been played and turns it into a MIDI clip with groove and feel intact.
- Multiple MIDI clip editing allows users to see the content of two or more clips in one detail view.
- Groups within groups allow for greater flexibility when mixing and improves Set organization even with lots of tracks and a detailed arrangement.
- Refinements to Arrangement View workflows, Browser Collections, I/O renaming, note chasing, and more.
Here’s a quick overview of the workflow improvements in Live 10:
Updated Sound Library
- Curated Collections capture the musical threads that tie together evolving styles and scenes
- Four all-new Essential Instruments include synths, and multi-sampled electric keys and drums
- Live 10’s Core Library has been updated with ‘richer, more detailed sounds’
- A new step sequencing layout allows simultaneous note sequencing and real time playing.
- MIDI note view allows navigation and refinement of the notes in a pattern in context directly on the Push display.
- Richer visualization with more feedback of key Live devices including Wavetable, Echo, EQ Eight and Compressor
- Workflow improvements to layouts, building and extending patterns, track arming and more
Max for Live
- Deeper integration with Live 10 Suite means devices now load faster, use less CPU and feel more like Live’s native devices.
- Sonically upgraded Drum Synths, improved modulation and mapping Devices and more
- Multi-channel audio routing means mixing using multi-channel speaker setups is now possible
- Max for Live devices can send and receive SysEx, allowing deeper access to external gear
Pricing and Availability
Ableton Live 10 is available now from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
- Download versions of Ableton Live 10 cost 79 EUR (99 USD / 69 GBP) for Live Intro, 349 EUR (449 USD / 319 GBP) for Live Standard, and 599 EUR (749 USD / 539 GBP) for Live Suite.
- Boxed versions of Ableton Live 10 cost 99 EUR (99 USD / 89 GBP) for Live Intro, 399 EUR (499 USD / 359 GBP) for Live Standard and 649 EUR (799 USD / 579 GBP) for Live Suite.
For more information, see the Ableton site.