No matter how great Live is there are always features left you might want, but that aren’t included (yet). Live Enhancement Suite is a workflow enhancement tool written in AutoHotkey that adds a lot of extra features to Live. It’s free (there’s a PayPal donation button if you’d like to thank the makers)
and so far only available for Windows. I haven’t tried it as I don’t have a Windows computer anymore, but Live user and Sonic Bloom reader Stephan Bobinger, who also alerted me of this app, reported that it works very well. A Mac version is apparently in the works. For those of you who don’t know AutoHotkey, it’s an automation scripting language that allows users to easily create form fillers, auto-clicking, macros and more. A lot of things in LES can be configured to suit your own preferred workflow.
Edit: The Mac version is now out and contains most of the features that the Windows version has. New features were added as well and there’s now decent documentation.
- Double right-click to for quick access to a customisable menu of devices
- Advanced draw mode
- Double right-click on the piano roll to select a scale
- Shortcut to add locators on the fly
- Pan with your mouse
- Shortcut to save automatically numbered versions
Watch this video to see the features in action (starts from 10:56):
And this video to see all the new features added in version 1.2:
Little warning: both videos are ADHD style, meaning they’re incredibly busy with many quick edits and things happening at once, which makes them pretty hard to watch at times.
*The makers request you to follow them on Twitter, but the download also works if you don’t have a Twitter account or aren’t logged in (so that I don’t get any further angry emails about promoting Twitter).