Ableton’s Live 11 is out and its new features are worth taking a look at. one of the coolest features is Live’s ability to listen to incoming live music and then adjusting the tempo of the music within Live automatically. This renders Live into a tool to practice with or for DJs, Live becomes a tempo-synced FX box.
MPE (Midi Polyphonic Expression) support is baked in this time around and Live gives users a Note Expression View to see and shape the expression. Wavetable, Sampler, and Arpeggiator are all updated to support MPE. I am really excited to use my ROLI Seaboard with Live.
There are a number of new devices to use within Live but the one that caught my attention was the PitchLoop89 which promises to create glitch sounds, delays, and vibrato. The other device that I plan to play around with is Bouncy Notes, which is a MIDI sequencer that uses balls that bounce on a piano to create arpeggiation. It looks like a nice distraction and maybe useful tool when creating music.
Note Chance and Velocity Chance look like they utilize AI and user input to allow Live to generate variations of notes and the overall dynamics of your piece. Live’s new comping allows user to save multiple takes, see them simultaneously on their screen, and then to grab parts of each take to create the perfect take. One new instrument pack that I plan to use is the updated vocal pack. Voice Box features contemporary vocal samples , playable voice instruments, and voice effects racks.
Ableton Live 11 is out now.