Saturday, December 5, 2020

Ableton Live 11 To Be Released in early 2021

Live 11 is coming in early 2021. Live 11 is a major update introducing comping, MPE support, new devices. Here’s the gist of it.

Comping

Comping
Live organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. Combine the best of many takes or find creative new combinations.

Linked-track editing
Link two or more audio or MIDI tracks to edit or comp their content simultaneously.

MPE

MPE compatibility
Add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord. Add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures.

Expression View
Add and edit pitch, timbre and pressure variations of individual notes directly in a new tab in the Clip Detail View.

MPE-capable native devices
Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator now support MPE. Use Push’s pad pressure to control parameters per note.

New devices

Hybrid Reverb
Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs, making it possible to create any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality.

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. Play it like an instrument with MIDI.

Spectral Time
Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency-based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effects. The Freeze function captures and holds audio.

Inspired by Nature
Six playful instruments and effects that use natural and physical processes as their inspiration. Created in collaboration with Dillon Bastan.

PitchLoop89
Based on an early digital effects processor, this device creates jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato to add character to sounds in the studio or onstage. Created in collaboration with Robert Henke.

Updated devices

Redux
Redux adds a wider range of sounds from vintage digital gear including harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts, as well as warm and saturated 8-bit textures.

Phaser-Flanger
Phaser and Flanger have been combined and now feature a new, lusher sound with increased frequency and modulation ranges, expressive improvements on existing modes, and a new Doubler mode for short modulatable delay.

Chorus-Ensemble
The updated version of Chorus now has a wider range of sound shaping capabilities – add vibrato, spread the left and right channels of the signal across the stereo field, and add thick 3-delay line chorus.

Rack improvements

Macro Snapshots
Store the state of Macros for later recall – this is a fast way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during a performance.

Variable Macros
Set your Racks up to have between 1 and 16 Macros.

Randomized Macro values
Randomize the state of your Macros or map the randomization button to MIDI.

Live tempo following

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.

Chance tools

Note chance
Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time.

Velocity chance
Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.

Follow Actions
Live 11 adds Scene Follow Actions for evolving arrangements. Follow Actions can now jump to specific clips and enable and disable Follow Actions globally.

New Sounds

Voice Box
A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.

Mood Reel
Evocative layered instruments that combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.

Drone Lab
Sustained tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.

Upright Piano
Upright Piano is close-recorded for an intimate feel – a classic sound that is at home in many styles of music. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.

Brass Quartet
This instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.

String Quartet
This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.

Updated Sounds

Updates to AAS instrument interfaces
The user interfaces of all instruments made in collaboration with Applied Acoustic Systems have been updated.

Updated Core Library
Live’s Core Library is expanded with a focus on contemporary music production, including new drum kits, Instrument Racks, Audio Effect Racks, Grooves and loops. Plus, improved browsing makes sounds easier to find.

Updated Packs
Drum Booth features a new MIDI drum library and mix-ready presets. Grand Piano and Electric Keyboards now come with MIDI chords, licks and basslines, and MIDI drum grooves and instrumental parts have been added to Chop and Swing, Skitter and Step, Drive and Glow and more.

More Additions

Refined clip editing
Edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll.

Improved Clip Detail View
New tabs for Note Parameters, Follow Actions, Envelopes and MPE provide a clearer overview of and access to parameters and properties of a Clip.

Improved CPU metering
An updated master display can now show current and average CPU usage, plus per-track CPU meters show which tracks in a set use the most processing power.

Keys and scales
Use scales directly in Live’s MIDI editor as a guide or reference – this is linked to Push, and can be changed per clip.

Changes to Push

Visualizations for new devices
See visualizations of key parameters in Hybrid Reverb, Spectral Resonator and Spectral Time on Push’s color display and control them directly from the hardware.

Key and Scale sync
The Key and Scale feature in Live 11 is linked to Push and can be changed per clip.

Polyphonic aftertouch support
Apply different levels of aftertouch to individual notes when using Wavetable, Sampler, Arpeggiator and supported VSTs for more nuanced and dynamic performances on Push.

See up to 16 Macros
In Live 11, access Macros 9-16 from a second page after the Rack page with Macros 1-8. The second page appears automatically once you map more than eight Macros.

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