Ableton has released Live 11.1 to beta testers. The latest version of the DAW now supports Apple Silicon M1 processors natively. Live 11.1 also brings an updated Shifter effect and new Max for Live applications.
Ableton Live 11.1
If you’re a member of the Ableton Beta test program, you can now download and try Live 11.1. The biggest news is that the latest version of the DAW adds native support for Apple M1 chips. This means that you can now run Live 11.1 natively on your M1 Mac and take full advantage of the CPU’s capabilities.
But Ableton hasn’t stopped there. Live 11.1 also comes with a number of workflow improvements and new devices. The new Shifter device now offers a new mode for monophonic pitch shifting in real time. It also features a delay, an LFO, envelopes and glide.
Also new in Ableton Live 11.1 are two new Max for Live devices. Align Delay compensates for the latency introduced by sending signals through a system. MIDI Shaper generates modulation data for making your MIDI performances more expressive.
Clip View also gets a number of useful updates. Clip properties are now displayed in tabs instead of individual panels, which should reduce clutter. You can access Clip View panels using keyboard shortcuts. The comping feature has also been improved with new keyboard shortcuts for duplicating lanes and new color options.
In addition to these new features, Live 11.1 comes with many small workflow improvements, device updates and bugfixes. A full list of the new features is available here.
Price and compatibility
Ableton Live 11.1 is currently only available through Ableton’s beta program. You can become a beta tester on the developer’s website, which will give you access to the download. So far, there’s no word on when Live 11.1 will officially be released.
Live 11 is available in Suite, Standard and Intro editions. It runs on macOS 10.13 or higher (now with M1 support) and Windows 10 or higher. You can get it from Thomann (affiliate).