Ableton Live 10 Announced

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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.

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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 smashing drums.

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 improvements include:

  • 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.

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 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 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 is now built into Live 10, providing faster, more stable performance.

  • 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 hardware integration.

Ableton Live 10 will be available in the first quarter of 2018.

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