We knew it was coming and it was only a matter of when. Ableton Live 10 is officially announced.
Ableton Live 10
They’ve added some devices, redesigned the audio library and enhanced the workflow. Push has had some additional work and they’ve built Max For Live directly into the system. Those are the key new features, let’s have a look.
There are 4 new devices – probably not wanting to overwhelm us. The first is a wavetable instrument imaginatively called “Wavetable”. They say it has a rich sound palette and takes tones from analog synthesizers and other instruments. It also has analog style filters and flexible modulation.
Next up is “Echo”, an echo device. Not sure they wasted any time discussing the naming conventions for these things. And actually, I’ve always found the delay devices in Ableton a bit confusing so this sound like just the ticket. It can have a classic analog feel or a digital structure with lots of sound diffusion.
“Drum Buss” is a drum kit shaping tool improving warmth and transient response.
Lastly, there’s “Pedal” – which could have been a sustain device, or something to do with cycling, but no, we’re talking guitar pedal. Three independent guitar effects of overdrive, distortion and fuzz.
Not a stunning collection of new stuff but immediately useful and really very welcome. Nice!
Speeding up the Workflow
Lots of tweaks to the user interface which they hope will speed up your way of working. The interface has been updated with clearer graphics and colours. You can now display and edit more than one clip at a time – yay! There’s nudge, time extension, one-click zoom, drag-and-drop repeat and other quicker editing functions. “Collections” in the browser keep track of most commonly used elements. The inputs/outputs can now be renamed. And many improvements to the mixer. There’s a range of optimized themes that improves visibility in all environments.
A very interesting feature is called “Capture”. The idea is that Ableton is always recording so if you play something amazing that you didn’t record you can hit Capture and it will pull it into a clip. Here’s a video of it in action.
New sound library
The Core Library has been overhauled to provide a richer and more detailed sound quality. “Essential Instruments” is a set of 4 new voices including synthesizers and multi-sampled electronic instruments and drums. And loads of new curated collections of sounds, styles and scenes.
New features for their Push controller include a new step arrangement that allows simultaneous editing of arrange notes and instant play. Notes are displayed directly on the Push in the music clip for easy navigation and adjustment. The detailed view now shows the whole interface for the device. Plus loads of other workflow improvements.
Max For Live
Max for Live provides a sonic playground for all sorts of musical adventures. Previously only available with the Suite version it now gets built into the core of Ableton Live. It means that Max for Live device will load faster and feel more integrated. Multi-channel audio is now supported as is SysEx communication between Max for Live and hardware controllers.
Ableton Live 10 will be officially launched in the first quarter of 2018.
- Ableton website