What’s new in Ableton Live 11
What’s new in Ableton Live 11?
Just kidding but we have seen a few posts by people suggesting it’s not all they were expecting and could just has well have been another 10.?? version.
Anyway the focus with Ableton Live 11 they tell us is for “their music creation and performance software to let you create your perfect take with comping, composing with more feeling using MPE, experimenting with new devices, and much more.”
Here are the new features, you can decide it is everything you were hoping for.
Ableton Live 11 new features
Create your perfect take with Comping
Live organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. The best parts of these takes can then be stitched together for the desired final result.
Comping can also be used as a fun way to explore sound and the sound design process.
You can also edit the content of two tracks simultaneously using their new Linked-track editing feature.
MPE support – Allows musicians to add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures more easily.
Expression View – Musicians can edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of takes or do sound design in new ways by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.
MPE-capable native devices – Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator are updated to support MPE. Musicians can now control parameters per note for these devices, as well as third-party plug-ins.
New devices included
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.
Spectral Time in Ableton Live 11
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.
New features to enhance your live performance
Live Tempo Following – Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow.
Macro Snapshots – Musicians can store the state of Macros for later recall – a fast way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during performance.
Rack improvements – Racks can be configured to have between 1 and 16 Macros, Macro states can be randomized with the push of a button.
Randomising tools for unpredictable results
Note chance – Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time.
Velocity chance – Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
Improved Follow Actions – Follow Actions can now be linked to the clip length, be set to jump to specific clips and be enabled and disabled globally. Scene Follow Actions make evolving arrangements possible.
Updated and new sounds
Voice Box – A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.
Mood Reel – Evocative layered instruments combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.
Drone Lab – Tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.
Upright Piano – Upright Piano is close-recorded for an intimate feel – a classic sound that is at home in many styles of music. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
Brass Quartet – This instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
String Quartet – This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
Ableton Live 11 also included a host of housekeeping updates and less ‘headline grabbing,’ but equally useful new features;
Refined clip editing – Musicians can edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll.
Improved CPU metering – Live now shows current and average CPU usage. Per-track CPU meters show which tracks in a set use the most processing power.
Keys and scales – Allow musicians to use scales directly in Live’s MIDI editor as a guide or reference by seeing which notes are in key or folding the piano roll to show only those notes.
Improved Clip Detail View – New tabs and fold-out panels in the Clip Detail View provide a clearer overview of and access to relevant parameters and properties of audio and MIDI clips.
Updated devices – Devices already in Live – including Redux, Phaser-Flanger, and
Chorus-Ensemble – now have expanded ranges and new modes, adding more sound and making each device more musical and usable in every session they’re used in.
Updated Core Library – Live’s Core Library is expanded with new drum kits, Instrument Racks, Audio Effect Racks, Grooves, presets, and loops, all with a focus on contemporary music production.
Updated Packs – Selected Packs from Live’s current library now include new MIDI drum grooves, MIDI chords, licks and basslines played by professional keyboard players, mix-ready presets and more.
Visit the Abelton Live 11 product page for more or just watch their overview video below.