The announcement of a new version of Ableton always gets us excited and they’ve just announced Ableton Live 10 with awesome new features.
Ableton have announced Live 10, a bunch of new features, wicked new devices, improvements and when we can expect to get all that. Strap in producers, recorders, anyone who has ever used Ableton, because their first full version update in 5 years is going to be a big one.
2013 was when Ableton launched the last full version of their incredibly popular DAW – Live 9. Whilst it’s seen numerous updates keeping it running and adding cool new features Live 10 will be a massive overhaul of the software.
Of course the update comes with loads of new features, tools and things you can use. One of the new features that caught my eye early was the new Capture mode that makes jamming, creating and recording on the fly seamless and simple.
When an idea emerges, press Capture after you played it. Live will match your tempo and timing, and start your melody or groove in a perfect loop. You can also use Capture to progress your songs: add new parts or overdub MIDI into existing clips without breaking your flow—just press Capture after you’ve played it right.
Edit multiple MIDI clips
Create drums and bass, or chords and melody in tandem. Work with multiple MIDI clips across multiple tracks within a single view—in both Session and Arrangement. Now you can edit smarter and take better control of the musical relationships in your song.
Create and arrange more fluidly
The Arrangement View has been optimised for quick creative editing and more efficient song creation. Easily stretch a clip, slide its content or create audio fades with new clip interactions that work directly in the Arrangement. Automate with greater control using grid snapping and other improved breakpoint interactions.
Focus instantly on what you need to with quick keyboard shortcuts: toggle automation visibility for all tracks, zoom in and out of selections of your song, nudge clips, and even make audio edits like reversing samples.
Lets look at the 4 awesome devices new to Live 10:
Immediately playable, infinitely capable, Wavetable is a new synthesizer built by Ableton. Shape, stretch and morph sounds using wavetables derived from analog synths, and a range of other instruments and sounds. Start sculpting sounds right away—even without a deep knowledge of synthesis—or explore its rich palette and potential through an intuitive interface.
Echo brings together the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device—your new go-to delay. Drive and shape sounds with its analog-modeled filters, turn up the noise and wobble for vintage imperfections, or add modulation and reverb to create diffuse soundscapes, wailing feedback and more.
Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, capable of adding subtle character or bending and breaking drums to your will. Add warmth and distortion with drive and crunch, take control of dynamics with compression and transient shaping, dial in and tune boom and control bass decay with the dedicated low-end section.
With separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz guitar pedals, Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live. The effect goes all the way from subtle to reckless—it excels at warming up vocals and other instruments, driving synth sounds or completely smashing drums. And of course, it sounds great with guitars.
Beyond what’s already mentioned is still so much more including loads of workflow improvements, new sounds, enhanced power with Push and then some. Find out way more about the massive Live 10 upgrade here: www.ableton.com/en/live/
It’s set for a release early next year and you can get a free upgrade from Ableton Live 9 which happens to be 20% off right now. Go grab it!