Coming straight from Berlin in Germany, brand new update for industry standard DAW Ableton is here. Rumored a few weeks ago, it was also promised in the beginning of the year by Gerhard Behles, Ableton COE, who stated that “We have a huge improvement for all the users this year!”.
Ableton’s last major upgrade to the title came out in 2013 alongside the debut of Push, a very first hardware controller from the team behind Ableton.
There are a lot of new, notable changes to Live in version 10. This new update includes a host of new tools, a serious upgrade on composition, mixing, and browsing workflows, new default sound libraries, Max for Live build-in, and more. On the hardware side, Push is getting an updated as well.
Live is getting a new synth, plus new built-in effects – which can be listed as below:
- 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 modelled 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, punch, adjusting transients, injecting low and so on.
- Pedal is Ableton’s Overdrive MK2, maybe even MK3 when it comes to what it is capable of. 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 the drums.
Where this update stands out the most is at the instance of many minor adjustments and improvements into the workflow. Sharp graphics with vector shapes. Brand new Capture allows you to jam and improvise on the go and saving the last idea even without having the record turned on. Multiple MIDI clip editing is also a feature that was called for over years from users. Arrangement View improvements such as nudging, time stretching, one-key zooming and drag-and-drop track duplication make editing faster and easier. Browse Collections provide a rework for your collection as you can store your favorites patches, samples or whole buses into categories under tags. I/O renaming allows you to label Live’s inputs and outputs to match your hardware. Enhanced Utility and low-frequency slopes in EQ are also worth a note.
Ableton decided to implement the popular device creation platform, Max for Live, into the Suite version so you don’t need any further installation. Ableton 10 comes to stores in January 2018 following the offered update from Live 9. Check out the full list of new features in Live 10 on Ableton’s website.