Ableton Live 8.2 Out – Here’s What’s New

Ableton has released Live 8.2, a release that addresses numerous bugs, listed below, and also includes several new features and improvements.

Here’s what’s new in Ableton Live 8 :

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

Amp is a collaboration between Ableton and Softube. Amp is an effect that emulates the sound and character of seven classic guitar amplifiers. Amp is free with Ableton Suite 8, and comes bundled with Cabinet, a separate effect offering classic speaker cabinets and optimized microphone configurations.

See the video above for an overview.

If you’ve upgraded to Ableton Live 8.2, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

Ableton & Serato’s The Bridge

Also include in the update is The Bridge — a “natural” link between Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live.

Above, Ableton’s Jeff Milligan shows how The Bridge spans the gap between DJing and playing a live set, by allowing DJs to seamlessly integrate Ableton Live into a Serato Scratch Live setup.

Next up – DJ Eskei83 shows how The Bridge allows a DJ to tweak multiple parameters from a Serato Scratch Live mix, resulting in a perfectly refined mixtape.


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

10 thoughts on “Ableton Live 8.2 Out – Here’s What’s New

  1. AMP and BRIDGE are just more addons built for live? this is what kills live 8, adding things on when they should concentrate on the live itself.

    1. I'd like a config screen where I can disable all the stuff I don't need in Live – there is a lot of baggage in Live that makes it less stable than it used to be. Maybe functionaility could be sectioned off into different user modes, eg a 'production' mode, a 'gig' mode etc. I know they try to do everything and they probably think that that's what sets them apart, but I think it's that German-build simplicity and reliability that got me hooked.

  2. I have Live Intro – 8.2 installation crashed my XP machine, but it only took one reboot to get it up and running. 8.1.5 took two reboots and a complete de-install/re-install to come up, so I guess that's an improvement 🙂

  3. I just upgraded Suite 8 and played around with Amp and Cabinet.

    Thus far it's sounding very good. Still not as good as much more expensive plugins, but there is a lot of adjustability and a variety of great sounds, unlike many of the free plugins like this. Cabinet also offers some really cool sound design options on it's own. A really useful/fun addition.

    Crash free thus far on my Mac thus far.

    What's really awesome is Suite 8 owners get it for free. That's why I love Ableton. (Listening Avid? If someone spends lots of money on your software, maybe you can give them some stuff free. Also for thousands of dollars maybe you can provide hardware and software that isn't so buggy…)

  4. This is great. What a surprise. 8.1.5 to 8.2 and free stuff on top of that! Having an amp sim. built into Live is going to be very convenient. Plus having an amp sim with the o-so-familar Live interface that is easy to assign to macro knobs is going to be good. I can see myself applying gentle amounts of this to a lot of things.

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