Ableton made additions to Live 10 with a selection of eight sound design tools developed in collaboration with Amazing Noises, creators of a bunch of great iPad effects processors like Moebius Lab, Dedalus, and Gliderverb.
The new effects and instruments are free for owners of Live 10 Suite or Live 10 Standard and Max for Live and can be downloaded through the DAW’s browser or via your user account on Ableton’s website.
The eight additions are as follows:
Melodic Steps — a new MIDI sequencer designed to work quickly and intuitively. According to Ableton, it encourages experimentation and discovery of new patterns as you go on playing with it.
Bass — monophonic virtual analog synthesizer optimized for bass sounds and capable of going from clean to heavily distorted tones. It offers four oscillators that can be tuned individually. Sounds like there’s some serious rumbling potential here!
Poli — polyphonic virtual analog synth with a vintage character and capable modulation alongside an integrated chorus effect.
Pitch Hack — an unusual delay effect with transposition, audio reversing, randomizing pitch and the ability to fold delayed signal back into itself. Definitely a tool for out-there sounds!
Gated Delay — delay fused to a gate sequencer which sends incoming signal to a delay line on the steps you activated, forming a rhythm.
Color Limiter — based on a hardware limiter, with Saturation and Color parameters offered for attaining a characteristic, musically distorted sound.
Re-Enveloper — multiband envelope processor which splits the signal into three frequency bands that can be adjusted by the user. The effect’s character and responsiveness can be controlled by the Attack & Release knobs.
m — a possible new favorite for ambient artists, this tool creates dense reverb-like sounds and textures from the user-specified frequency range of a signal.
A superb update to one of the more powerful DAWs for sound design, all in all. Grab that thing and put it through its paces, see if you can discover a new favourite sound mangling tool.