Ableton Live is fast, fluid and flexible software music sequencer and digital audio workstation for music creation and performance. It comes with effects, instruments, sounds and all kinds of creative features – everything you need to make any kind of music.
Create in a traditional linear arrangement, or improvise without the constraints of a timeline in Live’s Session View. Move freely between musical elements and play with ideas, without stopping the music and without breaking your flow.
→ All new features and updates in Live 11:
Live organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. Combine the best of many takes or find creative new combinations.
Link two or more audio or MIDI tracks to edit or comp their content simultaneously.
Add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord. Add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures.
Add and edit pitch, timbre and pressure variations of individual notes directly in a new tab in the Clip Detail View.
MPE-capable native devices
Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator now support MPE. Use Push’s pad pressure to control parameters per note.
Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs, making it possible to create any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality.
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. Play it like an instrument with MIDI.
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 audio.
Inspired by Nature
Six playful instruments and effects that use natural and physical processes as their inspiration. Created in collaboration with Dillon Bastan.
Based on an early digital effects processor, this device creates jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato to add character to sounds in the studio or onstage. Created in collaboration with Robert Henke.
The updated version of Chorus now has a wider range of sound shaping capabilities – add vibrato, spread the left and right channels of the signal across the stereo field, and add thick 3-delay line chorus.
Redux adds a wider range of sounds from vintage digital gear including harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts, as well as warm and saturated 8-bit textures.
Phaser and Flanger have been combined and now feature a new, lusher sound with increased frequency and modulation ranges, expressive improvements on existing modes, and a new Doubler mode for short modulatable delay.
Store the state of Macros for later recall – this is a fast way to create instant variations to sounds, or builds and drops during a performance.
Flexible Macro Configuration
Set your Racks up to have between 1 and 16 Macros.
Randomized Macro values
Randomize the state of your Macros or map the randomization button to MIDI.
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.
Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time.
Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.
Live 11 adds Scene Follow Actions for evolving arrangements. Follow Actions can now jump to specific clips and enable and disable Follow Actions globally.
A comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing.
Evocative layered instruments that combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.
Sustained tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation.
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.
This instrument highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of the brass quartet. Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.
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.
Updated Core Library
Live’s Core Library is expanded with a focus on contemporary music production, including new drum kits, Instrument Racks, Audio Effect Racks, Grooves, loops and MIDI clips. Plus, improved browsing makes sounds easier to find.
Updates to AAS instrument interfaces
The user interfaces of all instruments made in collaboration with Applied Acoustic Systems have been updated.
Drum Booth features a new MIDI drum library and mix-ready presets. Grand Piano and Electric Keyboards now come with MIDI licks, phrases and progressions. MIDI drum grooves and instrumental parts have been added to Chop and Swing, Skitter and Step, Drive and Glow.
Refined clip editing
Edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll.
Improved Clip Detail View
New tabs for Note Parameters, Follow Actions, Envelopes and MPE provide a clearer overview of and access to parameters and properties of a Clip.
Improved CPU metering
An updated master display can now show current and average CPU usage, plus per-track CPU meters show which tracks in a set use the most processing power.
Keys and scales
Use scales directly in Live’s MIDI editor as a guide or reference – this is linked to Push, and can be changed per clip.
Visualizations for new devices
See visualizations of key parameters in Hybrid Reverb, Spectral Resonator and Spectral Time on Push’s color display and control them directly from the hardware.
Key and Scale sync
The Key and Scale feature in Live 11 is linked to Push and can be changed per clip.
Polyphonic aftertouch support
Apply different levels of aftertouch to individual notes when using Wavetable, Sampler, Arpeggiator and supported VSTs for more nuanced and dynamic performances on Push.
See up to 16 Macros
In Live 11, access Macros 9-16 from a second page after the Rack page with Macros 1-8. The second page appears automatically once you map more than eight Macros.
New API additions
A redesigned, MPE-compatible note API gives Max for Live access to Live 11’s new note features: probability, velocity deviation, and release velocity. You can also now access slices of a sample loaded in Simpler, a clip or sample’s warp markers, and much more.
MIDI Channel Routings
It is now possible to route MIDI to and from Max for Live audio effects and instruments. Inputs and outputs are routable and show up in a track’s MIDI From and MIDI To choosers.
Improvements for Device creators
A new live.scope object adds an oscilloscope to the object library. Double-clicking an error in the Max Console jumps the cursor to the device causing the error. A new Max for Live category in the Inspector Window allows developers to more clearly indicate which systems their devices can be used on, and much more.
A complete overhaul of Max for Live’s user interface integration means a smoother experience when working with Max for Live devices, including improvements to focus, positioning, scrolling behaviour, and performance.