Ableton Live 11 Now Available, With New Comping Tools, MPE Support & More

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Ableton has released Live 11 today, the latest major update to their popular DAW.

Live 11 introduces a wide array of new features, including:

    • Flexible comping tools;
    • Support for expressive performance with the MPE standard;
    • New devices;
    • Creative randomization options;
    • Live tempo follow;
    • New sound libraries and more.

You can get a deep dive into Live 11 with the official intro videos, embedded below:

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Pricing and Availability

Ableton Live 11 is available now, with the following pricing:

  • Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
  • Upgrade pricing is also available for current Live owners.

See the Ableton site for details.

Ableton Live 11 Coming February 23, 2021

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Ableton today announced that Live 11 , the latest major update to the popular DAW, will be released February 23, 2021.

Live 11 introduces a huge array of new features, including:

  • Flexible comping tools;
  • Support for expressive performance with the MPE standard;
  • New devices;
  • Creative randomization options;
  • Live tempo follow;
  • New sound libraries and more.

You can get a deep dive into Live 11 with the official intro videos, embedded below:

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Pricing and Availability

Ableton Live 11 will be available February 23, 2021, with the following pricing:

  • Ableton Live 11 will be available for purchase from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
  • Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
  • Existing Ableton Live owners should log into their accounts to check upgrade pricing.

See the Ableton site for details.

Midierror Intros METROSTEP Max 4 Live Note Trigger Sequencer

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Midierror has introduced METROSTEP, a note trigger sequencer which is designed to be ‘instantly playable’ – with 3 timing divisions, 3 velocity modes and a variable sequence length of 1-32 steps.

It offers a variety of features, including forwards/backwards/ping-pong playback, randomized values and an independent sequencer clock.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Each step of the main sequencer represents a retrigger timing, with low speeds at the bottom and high speeds at the top. Notes can be triggered in triplets, whole notes, dotted notes and all combined.

Velocity is controlled in three ways: fixed (all notes have the same velocity), random (between a minimum and maximum value) and sequenced (drawn below the notes triggers).

You’ll find it instantly playable for many creative uses – particularly for creating hi-hat and percussive patterns. It’s been specially designed to be used on multiple tracks so numerous instances won’t conflict like with other Max4Live patches.

The sequencer clock can run at a rate independent from the note triggers and will operate in forward, backward and ping-pong modes. All values can be randomised using the tiny R buttons for ultra chaotic, unpredictable playback.”

Pricing and Availability

METROSTEP is available now, priced at £12.50.

Free Holiday Dulcimer Instruments For Ableton Live

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Mike Longo at Expanding Sound let us know that he’s shared a new set of instruments for Ableton Live, Folk Dulcimer Ableton Instruments, as a free download.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

“Happy Holidays to you, regardless of what you celebrate!

Introducing the Expanding Sound Ableton Folk Dulcimer Instrument. A very fun little pack to make.

The folk dulcimer has a timbre similar to a choirs of strings style harpsichord, as the strings are layered. I made 3 free Ableton instruments; one individual string, one using the same pitch with octave separations, and one in the instruments standard tuning, which includes a 5th. It sounds great, and I hope you enjoy this freebie!”

Availability

Folk Dulcimer Ableton Instruments is available now as a free download.

Ableton Announces Live 11 – Here’s What’s New

Ableton today announced Live 11, a massive update to the popular music creation and performance software.

Live 11 introduces a huge array of new features, including flexible comping tools, support for expressive performance with the MPE standard, new devices, creative randomization options, live tempo follow, new sound libraries and more.

Here’s what’s new:

Comping:

  • Comping – Live automatically organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. The best parts of these takes can then be stitched together for the desired final result. Comping can also be used as a fun way to explore sound and the sound design process.
  • Linked-track editing – Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously.

MIDI Polyphonic Expression Support:

  • MPE support – Lets you add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord, add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures more easily.
  • Expression View (above) – You can now edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of takes or do sound design in new ways by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.
  • MPE-capable native devices – Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator have been updated
    to support MPE. You can now control parameters per note for these devices, as
    well as third-party plug-ins.

New Devices:

  • Hybrid Reverb – Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs, making it possible to create effects from accurate real-world environments to those that defy physical reality.
  • Spectral Resonator – Breaks the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials, then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or a note in subtle or radical ways. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.
  • Spectral Time – Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency- based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effects. The Freeze function captures and holds a slice of audio – either free-running or in time with the beat – for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.
  • Inspired by Nature – Six ‘playful’ instruments and effects, created collaboration with Dillon Bastan, that use nature and physics as their inspiration.
  • PitchLoop89 – Created in collaboration with Robert Henke, this device creates ‘jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato’.

Features for the Stage:

  • Live Tempo Following – Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band, instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow.
  • Macro Snapshots – Musicians can store the state of Macros for later recall – a fast way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during performance.
  • Rack improvements – Racks can be configured to have between 1 and 16 Macros, Macro states can be randomized with the push of a button.

Tools to add Chance:

  • Note chance – Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate variations to your patterns that change over time.
  • Velocity chance – Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
  • Improved Follow Actions – Follow Actions can now be linked to the clip length, be set to jump to specific clips and be enabled and disabled globally. Scene Follow Actions make evolving arrangements possible.

New Sounds:

  • Voice Box – A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.
  • Mood Reel – Evocative layered instruments that combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.
  • Drone Lab – Tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multi-sampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.
  • Upright Piano – Upright Piano is close-recorded for an intimate feel – a classic sound that is at home in many styles of music. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
  • Brass Quartet – This instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
  • String Quartet – This combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.

More Additions & Updates:

  • Refined clip editing – Musicians can edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll.
  • Improved CPU metering – Live now shows current and average CPU usage. Per- track CPU meters show which tracks in a set use the most processing power.
  • Keys and scales – Allow musicians to use scales directly in Live’s MIDI editor as a guide or reference by seeing which notes are in key or folding the piano roll to show only those notes.
  • Improved Clip Detail View – New tabs and fold-out panels in the Clip Detail View provide a clearer overview of and access to relevant parameters and properties of audio and MIDI clips.
  • Updated devices – Devices already in Live – including Redux, Phaser-Flanger, and Chorus-Ensemble – now have expanded ranges and new modes, adding more sound and making each device more musical and usable in every session they’re used in.
  • Updated Core Library – Live’s Core Library is expanded with new drum kits, Instrument Racks, Audio Effect Racks, Grooves, presets, and loops, all with a focus on contemporary music production.
  • Updated Packs – Selected Packs from Live’s current library now include new MIDI drum grooves, MIDI chords, licks and basslines played by professional keyboard players, mix-ready presets and more.

Here’s the official video intro to the new features:

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Pricing and availability:

Ableton Live 11 will be available in early 2021. Here are the details on pricing:

  • A discount offer is running now until the release of Live 11. During the promotion, all Live 10 editions are 20% off. The purchase of any Live 10 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 11 edition upon release.
  • Ableton Live 11 will be available for purchase from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
  • Download versions of Ableton Live 11 cost 79 EUR / 99 USD for Live Intro, 349 EUR / 449 USD for Live Standard and 599 EUR / 749 USD for Live Suite.
  • Existing Ableton Live owners should log into their accounts to check upgrade pricing.

Free Akai Pro Force Update Brings Arranger Mode, Ableton Live Import & More

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Akai Professional today announced the released of Force firmware 3.0.5, an update that brings:

  • Arranger mode for song finalization
  • MIDI Multi for expanded device connectivity
  • Macros – layered parameter assignments, effects, and automations
  • Assign control parameters to 64 pads, crossfader and touch UI
  • Advanced 16 levels for dynamic sample triggering
  • Ableton Live Project Import

“With this update, we wanted to equip users with a completely reimagined set of tools,” notes senior product manager Dan Gill. “More importantly, we wanted to solidify the creative experience on FORCE by ensuring users can start, adapt and complete the most elaborate performances and compositions.”

Here’s what’s new in Force v3.0.5:

  • Arranger – Impromptu jams and song sketches can now be finalized into completed compositions with fast and simple recording of your clips. Navigate quickly with the graphical user interface menus that make quick editing and revising possible with just a few gestures on the touch screen.
  • MIDI Multi – Users have independent control of MIDI tracks for up to 32 devices via USB. Connect your class-compliant USB MIDI hub and immediately access your favorite synths, modules, MIDI-based effects and more. Modify MIDI device names, layer MIDI tracks and set device behavior with Track and Master settings.
  • Refined Workflow – Simultaneously control multiple parameters with custom knob assignments to accurately dial in effects, processing or automation. Enjoy advanced 16-level functionality for pad performance dynamics for any style. Enhance your pad performances with real-time control of modulation, pitch bend and more. Create and save your custom effects racks, load to a track and control with macro knobs and visual feedback.
  • Ableton Live Integration – Force comes pre-mapped to control Ableton Live wirelessly or via an ethernet cable using Ableton Link. Enjoy the seamless flexibility to instantly switch FORCE between standalone operation and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback from either ecosystem. You can now bring your Ableton projects into Force, using the new Ableton Live Project Import function.

Pricing and Availability

Force update 3.0.5 is available for free for all current users from the Akai Pro site.

Kinesotronic Intros Refractor, A New Max For Live Device For Performing With Modular & Analog Gear

Kinesotronic has introduced Refractor, a new Max for Live device designed for performing with modular synthesizers and CV/MIDI hardware and software.

Refractor was created by Chris Pratt (Ableton Certified Trainer) and Matt Ward (dBs Music Electronic Music Production Programme Leader), and is designed to offer Ableton Live users expressive control, modulation and transformation via CV and MIDI.

Refractor can be used with a DC-coupled soundcard or the Expert Sleepers range, and lets you convert MIDI inputs into 8 shapeable channels of CV, MIDI or internal mapping within Live.

Features:

  • Precision macro control of musical parameters (any hardware capable of accepting control voltage signals or MIDI CCs, Ableton Live devices, virtual instruments and effects)
  • Distribution for a range of input sensors (MIDI mappable) to 8 x CV destinations
  • Gesture Recorder
  • Full customizable envelope based control of output shapes via function editor
  • Visual feedback via three output monitors
  • CV output routing
  • Preset management for instant recall and MIDI triggering of settings
  • Direct/convergent mapping mode
  • Internal parameter mapping
  • Customizable interface
  • Modular: Expandable to 64 simultaneous (individually shapeable) control signals

Here’s a look at shaping and routing CV with Refractor:

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Pricing and Availability:

Refractor (+ Free MIDI expander) is available with an intro price of £15.00 (normally £20.00).

Ableton Cancels Loop 2021 Because Of Pandemic

Ableton has announced that is canceling Loop 2021, its international Summit for Music Makers, because the company determined that it’s unmanageable to hold an event like this while ensuring the safety of attendees.

Early on in the pandemic, they postponed Loop 2020 into next year. At that time, there were hopes that governments would quickly get the Coronavirus pandemic under control.

Since then, though, Covid-19 cases and deaths in the US have skyrocketed, forcing the postponement or cancellation of most large events for the rest of 2020. Many events in early 2021, like the 2021 NAMM Show, have also been cancelled. Several EU countries have had high per-capita death rates like the US, including Belgium, the UK, Spain, Italy and Sweden.

EU countries have banned US travelers and Germany, where Loop was scheduled to be held, has restricted travel from many countries outside of the EU.

Because of the current situation, Ableton is refunding ticket holders in full.

Here’s their official announcement:

Loop Summit for Music Makers 2021 Cancelled

We have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Loop Summit in 2021.

It is increasingly clear that we cannot guarantee the level of health and safety that our event demands. In addition to the welfare risk, the ongoing global pandemic has continued to cast unmanageable doubt over all aspects of our event planning.

Loop’s aim is to bring together an international forum of music makers. We take great pride in curating an event that represents the kind of diversity we want to see in our global music making community.

Uncertainty in future travel and event restrictions has made it impossible to confirm bookings, and to assure the quality of the event and diversity of voices to a degree that’s acceptable for us to move forward.

All ticket holders have received an email from us and will be refunded in full. If you hold a ticket, check your inbox and contact us if you need help (loop@ableton.com).

Whilst we’re saddened that a full Loop Summit cannot move ahead, our team is excited to redirect efforts towards Loop’s impact at a time when our community is in more need than ever.

We will refocus towards providing greater access to Loop, developing new ways of bringing music makers together online, exchanging ideas and inspiration in localised community settings, and exploring how we shape the future of music making to meet our new global reality.

We look forward to getting creative with you again soon.

The Loop Team

Here are images from previous Loop Summits:

New App, OSC/PILOT, Turns Your PC Into A Customizable Touchscreen MIDI Controller

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OSC/PILOT is a bi-directional control surface application for Windows, created as a performance tool for digital artists and musicians.

It’s in the tradition of customizable MIDI controller apps like Lemur and TouchOSC, and lets users create original touchscreen control designs for OSC & MIDI, based on a collection of customizable widgets.

In the video above, producer Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5) demonstrates how you can start from scratch and use OSC/PILOT to create a custom controller design.

“OSC/PILOT has been in development since October 2013,” notes Zimmerman, “and I’ve been field testing and using it in shows since that time. It’s a vital component to our live production, both on stage and front of house.”

Features:

  • Make custom UIs in minutes
    • Simple drag interface means laying out a new UI takes no time at all.
    • Multiple workspaces allow for different UIs to be used from within one project.
    • Multi-Touch fully supported. Drive the UI with as many fingers as your touch display supports.
  • Supports sending and receiving OSC (Open Sound Control) data
    • Send OSC data to control other applications and devices that support OSC
    • Control visual applications such as TouchDesigner, vvvv, Resolume, VDMX, Notch etc.
    • Receive OSC data from external sources to drive the content currently shown in the UI
  • Supports sending MIDI.
    • Connect to devices directly plugged into the computer
    • Send MIDI to other computers and applications using network MIDI tools tools such as rtpMIDI
    • Control Ableton Live, bitwig and other audio applications using your own custom UI.
  • Supports Windows 8.1 and 10
  • Show Ready
    • Used for years by deadmau5 on tour as his control surface for shows.

Pricing and Availability:

OSC/PILOT is available now for $49.99 USD.

New Max For Live Tool, Ratcheteer, Lets You Easily Generate Trap Rhythms & More

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midierror has introduced Ratcheteer, a MIDI note pattern generator for Ableton Live + Max For Live.

Ratcheteer is designed to generate complex MIDI note patterns, based on your MIDI control input and in sync with Ableton Live’s transport.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Assign a MIDI Note to ratchet and choose from 5 types of time division to hear the note re-triggered from a steady pace to rapid fire mayhem. Select an output velocity with fixed, random between a range or LFO controls.

Turn the knob or play your keyboard to play the ratcheteer at different speeds. It’ll output expressive MIDI notes which can be recorded as clips and stored in your track.

The Ratcheteer is ideal for Trap Hi Hat petterns, but can be used on any drum or synth hit. It can also be used on multiple channels for entire rhythm track making.

Time divisions include triplets, whole notes, dotted notes, all combined and free (unclocked).”

Note: Ableton Live 10 Suite is required to run this device.

Pricing and Availability

Ratcheteer is available now for 17.50 Euro.