Sonic LAB: Ableton LIVE 11 Is Announced

US Many new features, devices and more      10/11/20

Ableton announced the upcoming release of Live 11. It adds a number of new features based on the most requested from their users.

We got some time with Simon Stokes from Subsine Academy in Glasgow to take us through some of the new features.

As well as new devices and interface tweaks, we get a number of major new editing features, that bring Live into line with other major DAWS - such as:

Organize multiple takes of audio or MIDI into a complete master take through swiping and selection, take lanes can be added during recording, or more interestingly on a track where you can then drop different audio files or variants, then swipe those into a snapped (or not) master comp.

Linked Track Editing
Link audio multi-tracks together and edit as a group - such as drums or multi-mic recordings, then edit while maintaining the phase coherence even while adding warp markers.

MPE Support
Live now finally supports multichannel MIDI for MPE tracks, with some slick eiditng tools for per note expression and pitch bend. Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator also now have MPE support baked in, but you can use 3rd party hardware or software.

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. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.
  • 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 a slice of audio - either free-running or in time with the beat - for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.
  • Inspired by Nature - Six playful instruments and effects that use nature and physics as their inspiration. Made in collaboration with Dillon Bastan.
  • PitchLoop89 - Creates jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato. Made in collaboration with Robert Henke.

Additional features include:

  • live tempo following - adjust tempo in real-time,
  • 16 Macros - with randomization and snapshots
  • Note and Velocity Chance/Probability - per clip
  • Improved follow actions

There's also a bunch of new sounds and tweaks, coming early 2021, if you are buying Live 10 now until Live 11 release, you'll automatically be eligible for an free upgrade.

For full information and upgrade/pricing details, check

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