Ableton today announced the coming release of Live 11. The latest version of their music creation and performance software lets you create your perfect take with comping, compose with more feeling using MPE, experiment with new devices, and much more. Live 11 was built to address a variety of music making needs – whether recording, performing or experimenting – through several groups of key features.
• Comping – Live organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into
individual takes. The best parts of these takes can then be stitched together for the
desired final result. Comping can also be used as a fun way to explore sound and the
sound design process.
• Linked-track editing – Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously
MIDI Polyphonic Expression
• MPE support – Allows musicians to add bends, slides and pressure for each individual
note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create
evolving sonic textures more easily.
• Expression View – Musicians can edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each
note to refine the expression of takes or do sound design in new ways by sequencing
polyphonic sound variations.
• MPE-capable native devices – Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator are updated
to support MPE. Musicians can now control parameters per note for these devices, as
well as third-party plug-ins
• Hybrid Reverb – Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs, making it possible
to create any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical
• Spectral Resonator – Breaks the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials,
then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or a note in subtle or radical
ways. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and
even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.
• Spectral Time – Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequencybased delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effects.
The Freeze function captures and holds a slice of audio – either free-running or in
time with the beat – for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.
• Inspired by Nature – Six playful instruments and effects that use nature and physics
as their inspiration. Made in collaboration with Dillon Bastan.
• PitchLoop89 – Creates jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish
vibrato. Made in collaboration with Robert Henke.
Features for the stage
• Live Tempo Following – Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming
audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band instead of the tempo source
that everyone has to follow.
• Macro Snapshots – Musicians can store the state of Macros for later recall – a fast
way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during performance.
• Rack improvements – Racks can be configured to have between 1 and 16 Macros,
Macro states can be randomized with the push of a button.
…. and many other possibilities.