Ableton has announced the long-awaited update to Ableton Live, though the final release won't be until early 2018. As the first major iteration for around 4.5 years, Live 10 has been highly anticipated.
Probably the biggest bit of news is that Max For Live now comes as standard - it's fully integrated into the application which means faster loads, less CPU stress, and new features. We imagine this will see a growth in Max 4 Live devices as now everyone who uses the new Live 10 version can access them.
Additionally there are four new devices as standard:
- Wavetable is a new synth.With a variety of waveforms derived from analog synths and a range of other instruments and sounds, as well as modeled analog filters, and, 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, adjusting transient response, injecting low end and more.
- 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 drums
Other New Features Include:
- Live's interface has been updated to be cleaner and clearer with sharper graphics and refined colors. And a range of optimized themes improves visibility in all environments.
- Capture recalls an idea after it has been played and turns it into a MIDI clip with feel and groove intact--a fast, intuitive way to turn spontaneous inspiration into music.
- Multiple MIDI clip editing shows the content of two or more clips in one view for better control of the musical relationships in a song.
- Arrangement View improvements such as nudging, time stretching, one-key zooming and drag-and-drop track duplication make editing faster and easier.
- Browser Collections provide at-a-glance access to favorite or most-used musical elements.
- Groups within groups improves Set organization even with lots of tracks and a detailed arrangement--multiple tracks and groups can be folded together for a simple overview.
- Note chasing triggers MIDI notes even if playback starts in the middle--the note doesn't need to be started from the beginning to hear pads or other sustained notes.
- I/O Renaming lets producers easily select the right routing by labeling Live's inputs and outputs to match the instruments and hardware in the studio.
- Mixing improvements including improved gain range and Bass Mono feature in Utility, extended low frequency slopes on EQ Eight and Split Stereo Pan provide more detailed control when mixing.
There's also an upgraded core sound library and several new instrument packs and collections of curated instruments.
Max For Live also has some new features, including new audio routing options and devices can now send and receive SYSEX MIDI.
We've not had the chance to physically check out LIVE 10 yet, but we're hoping to see a few tweaks and features in the GUI, time will tell...
Pricing and Availability:
We don't have upgrade pricing or policy information available as yet, Ableton say that the cost will be shown when you log in to your Ableton account at the time of release (1st quarter of 2018). But pricing is available for new customers:
- Live Intro 79 EUR / 99 USD / 69 GBP
- Live Standard 349 EUR / 449 USD / 319 GBP
- Live Suite 599 EUR / 749 USD / 539 GBP