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.
Ableton Live 10 has entered the public beta phase. The next version of the popular music production, sound design and performance software can be downloaded by users of Live 9 and Live 9 Suite through the bug-tracking Centrecode service. Any bugs or problems will auotmatically be sent to Ableton as and when you encounter them, though anything ultra-specific such as third-party plugin clashes may need to have some written notes alongside the report.
It’s no secret that music production is a task fraught with difficulty. Thankfully, a number of online tutorials can assist in this regard, and this video from DJ Ravine and Saytek (in collaboration with Point Blank), offers a fine ‘beginners guide to making a track using Ableton’.
Cycling 74 have announced a brand new version of Max coming in Q2 2018. Recently-acquired by Ableton, Cycling 74’s Max is a programming interface for music-making and sound design, allowing users to highly customise their projects, installations, signal paths and much, much more.
Ableton have announced version 10 of their popular music-making software Live. Having only announced Live 9.7.5 last week, the update brings with it a new synth, redfined design, new FX and innovative new features. At the top of the list is a new instrument called Wavetable, funnily enough a wavetable synth with a new re-sizable GUI, something not seen in Live before.
Download a free molduar synth module from Mutable Instruments. Forever looking for ways to innovate, Ableton and their users have always provided interesting nd forward-thinking music making tools and now Eurorack module maker Mutable Instruments have ported two of their most popular Eurorack modules to Max for Live.
Clouds and Braids have both been unofficially ported by developer Timo Rozendal via Max for Live, so you'll need the full Ableton Suite to run them.
Whilst VR has made inroads in the gaming world, it's yet to make a significant impact in music making, until now.
That's where newly released app AliveInVR comes in, the Windows-based app allows owners of HTC's Vive VR system to control Ableton Live with the help of a Vive VR headset and two Vive controllers
Costing just £8.99, the app allows users to control Ableton's DAW with the help of Vive's controllers to launch clips, place triggers in 3D space, play instruments in scale mode and mix your tracks in VR.
Ableton have been long-time supports of the creative arts. While their flagship software Live is predominantly a music-making tool, many users have re-imagined what the DAW can do with everything from art installations, VJs, live bands and even running PacMan inside Max for Live.