Ableton has announced Live 10, a major update to the popular DAW.
Highlights of Live 10 include:
- four new devices;
- a completely redesigned sound library;
- workflow improvements;
- Push enhancements; and
- full integration of Max for Live.
New Devices & Sounds in Live 10
Ableton Live 10 introduces a new instrument and three new effects:
- 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. Ableton says it’s not just for guitar, though – it excels at warming up vocals, driving synth sounds and smashing drums.
Live 10 Workflow Improvements
Live 10 offers a wide variety of workflow improvements:
- 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 elements.
- 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.
Ableton Live 10 Brings A New Library Of Sounds
Live 10 brings a redesigned Core Library and all-new Packs:
- The Core Library gets a sonic upgrade with ‘richer, more detailed sounds’. It has also been reorganized to make finding sounds easier.
- Essential Instruments are four new Packs including synths, and multi-sampled electric keys and drums.
- 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.
Live 10 Enhancements For Push
Live 10 brings new functionality and new high-resolution visualizations to Push.
- 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 and refinement.
- 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 Full Integration
Max for Live integration is updated in Live 10:
- 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 that 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 hardware integration.
Here’s a playlist of videos demonstrating some of the highlights of Live 10:
Pricing and Availability
Ableton Live 10 will be available in the first quarter of 2018. A discount offer is running now until the release of Live 10: all Live 9 editions are 20% off the regular price. The purchase of any Live 9 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 10 edition upon release.
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
- 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
- 649 EUR / 799 USD / 579 GBP Live Suite
Existing Ableton Live owners should log in to their accounts to check upgrade pricing.
More information, including a tour of Ableton Live 10 features, is available at the Ableton website.