Ableton have just announced the coming release of Live 10.1. The update brings a host of new features and even new devices. While looking through the list of added features, I kept shouting yes, because a lot of them are well thought out workflow improvements that make working with Live heaps easier. I will be providing videos in the next few days that look in depth at what’s new in Live. If you own a Live 10 license, you can also join the beta testing group and check out the features yourself, as well report bugs you might encounter.
New and Improved Devices
- Wavetable: now allows importing your own wavetables or samples in the oscillator section.
- Channel EQ: flexible and simple EQ with adaptive filter curves to allow best sounding results in any setting.
- Delay: combines Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay and adds feature upgrades like an extended delay time to 5 ms, a button to enable ping pong behaviour, as well as Jump, Fade-In and Repitch (now acts like pseudo-tape) controls formerly hidden in the context menu.
New Automation Features
- Eight automation shapes are now accessible for timeline selections in the context menu.
- Easily stretch and skew automation with the added corner handles.
- Simplified curves in draw mode.
- Enter automation values with their numerical keypad with a new context menu entry.
- Easier access to clip modulation in Session View.
- Recorded automation can now be simplified with a command in the context menu.
- Live now detects curved movements inside automation and can merge multiple breakpoints into C- and S-shapes.
Other Added Features
- New shortcuts for zooming and adjusting the workspace in Live to faster switch between detailed views and big-picture editing
- Pinch zooming on compatible computers
- Resizable Arrangement Overview window
- Freezing tracks that contain sidechain routing is now possible.
- VST3 support
- Option to export single tracks and groups with return and master effects applied.
The 10.1 update of Ableton Live is free for all owners of Live 10.
Check out the rather extensive feature and bug improvement list of Live 10.1 in the beta release notes.
This is a seriously epic—and extremely welcome—update!
Not as far as I know.
Any idea on a release date?
Should be very soon. I don’t know an exact date, but they’ve only been working on fixing bugs, so it can’t be long anymore.
Not to forget freeze and bounce of tracks using a side chain which is a big headache solved. The only thing else I’d like them to resolve is stability issues. I still use Live when not in the studio as a creative tool but if I’m sitting down to compose I’ve moved back to Cubase for a few reasons but stability is definitely up there,
I can’t remember the last time Live has crashed for me. I think it was an outdated Max for Live effect that caused it.