Ableton Live 10 was announced late last year, but it’s only been the last few days that mere mortal users have been able to get their hands on the tenth version of the popular DAW. With a complete re-design, new devices, under-the-hood improvements and workflow changes, it's one of the most comprehensive updates to Live yet. But has it been worth the wait? We break down the ten things we're most excited about in Live 10.
Ever since Apple's Touch Bar made its debut on the latest MacBooks — we've yet to see its addition as anything other than a clever gimmick.
Well, the gimmickry might be coming to an end as Ableton-centric site pATCHES has created its own unofficial Ableton support for Apple's much-maligned Touch Bar.
“After owning a new MacBook for some time now, I can report back to say the Touch Bar is no gimmick at all – everyday applications like Photoshop, Quicktime, and Premiere get a productivity boost with app-specific toolsets right at the top of your keyboard," states the site.
A new Ableton sampler lets you create lots of tiny loops from one sample using a creative new instrument from Dillon Bastan. The Iota uses granular synthesis technology to loop tiny fragments of a sound, resulting in unique and warped sounds and FX.
Turn Ableton Live into a classic arcade game with new Max4Live devices from Isotonik. The Arcade Series recreates arcade classics like Frogger, Astroids, Space Invaders and Pacman (as previously reported) into four different types of sequencers for idea generation and music-making fun.
A version of Pac-Man is heading to Ableton Live's Max for Live, which has been developed by Isotonik Studios.
Now, it's not the game that we all know and love but instead a specially designed tool that takes cues from the original game and allows Ableton users to control variables like note velocity and length.
The new tool — which has been teased on Facebook (below) — is part of Isotonik Studios' Arcade series which reimagines classic 8-bit games — like Asteroid, Tetris and Pong — as sequencers and other music production tools.
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Urbanliernert have made it easier for DJ/producers to get the most of the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar with their new MIDI Touch Bar application.
When Apple introduced the Touch Bar on the new range of MacBook Pro’s there were quite a few grumbles about how the new technology was going to work, especially among producers and DJs.
Despite this, Logic Pro X and Algoriddim's djay Pro have shown how invaluable the Touch Bar can be when used in a working music environment, which has now lead to a new company creating the MIDI controller plug-in for the new Mac Book Pro.
ROLI continue to push their modular Blocks controllers with support for third party software.
Users can now use their Blocks modules with Apple’s Logic pro and Garageband, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio as well as Native Instruments Kontakt and Spectrasonics Omnisphere via the new Blocks Dashboard software.
Calling all ambient, whale-loving producers! WhaleSynth is the online synthesizer of your dreams.
It does exactly what is says on the tin, with a selection of different whale species to choose from including killer whale, blue whale and more.
You can also alter the reverb, depth and density of the sounds you create with synth, as well as changing the pitch as you play!
Try out the WhaleSynth for yourself here and check out the screen shot of the WhaleSynth below.
Producers looking to create those Radiohead style grooves should look no further than the new Ableton Live groove pack from pATCHES.
Although it doesn’t give you any actual samples from Radiohead’s extensive musical workings, it does offer producers the chance to include the grooves from the band’s tracks into their own productions.
The pack makes use of the Groove Pool feature in Ableton Live, with which producers can drag and drop files onto the grooves that will give that authentic Radiohead style rhythmic vibe to their productions.