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Ableton Live 10 is an advanced music production and audio editing application that contains a huge amount of brand new features that includes an updated GUI, a brand new wavetable synthesizer and a multitude of workflow improvements, as well as seamless integration with Max for Live.

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Ableton has just announced the next instalment of their hugely popular digital audio workstation, Ableton Live 10. Ableton Live 10 is an advanced music production and audio editing application that contains a huge amount of brand new features that includes an updated GUI, a brand new wavetable synthesizer and a multitude of workflow improvements, as well as seamless integration with Max for Live.

What's New In Live 10

Stay in the Groove

The Ableton Live 10 music production software includes a vast number of workflow improvements that aim to help you stay in the creative process. Whether you are just getting down some ideas, organising your set up or getting down to the fundamentals with some creative editing, Live 10 includes many new shortcuts and production based features that have been designed to help you stay focused on what is most important, making music that sounds great.

The optimised Arrangement View now allows you to create and arrange a track with more efficiency thanks to the updated look and brand new audio editing features that are accessed directly through the Arrangement window. You can now easily time-stretch and move audio samples as well as create fades and reverse audio using the clip interaction functions. You can also automate your effects with even greater precision using the grid-snapping function and other improved breakpoint interactions.

With the quick keyboard shortcuts you can focus instantly on what you need to such as automation visibility, zoom in/out, nudge clips, and even audio edits like reversing samples.

Ableton Live 10 Arrangement Image

MIDI Capturing

Using the Capture feature, you can turn your spontaneous ideas into music without having to press record. Simply arm a MIDI track and play, once an idea springs to mind press Capture after you have played, Ableton Live 10 will match your timing and tempo, and will start playing your melody or groove in a perfect loop.

This Capture feature also lets you further progress your tracks by adding new melodies or overdubbing MIDI notes into existing clips without killing your workflow, simply press Capture after you have played and Live 10 will add your new melodies.

Another useful workflow improvement is the ability to edit multiple MIDI clips at the same time. This allows you to create chords and melodies in tandem without having to switch between MIDI clips constantly. You can edit multiple MIDI clips across multiple tracks which gives you better control over the musical nuances and lets you make impressive harmonic content.

Ableton Live 10 Midi Clip Image

Other useful workflow improvements include:

Browser Collections – A feature that keeps your go-to plug-ins and samples in one place, just colour code your favourite effects and plug-ins and access them instantly from the browser.

Note Chasing – Triggers a MIDI clip even when played back in the middle of a note, this means you won’t have to go to the start of an extended MIDI clip to hear the sound.

I/O Renaming – Allows you to rename input/output routings so you can stay organised.

Mixing Improvements – That includes an updated gain range, a bass mono feature for the Utility plug-in and an extended 10Hz low-frequency range for the EQ Eight plug-in, which provides an even more precise bass control. Also, the Split Stereo function for the mixer gives you flexible placement of individual channels in the stereo space.

Create Groups within Groups – Lets you work with more flexibility and manage your live sets more efficiently by grouping multiple channels together even when dealing with lots of detailed sound design elements.

A Refined Look and Feel – Live 10s interface has been updated and gives you a cleaner, clearer look with sharper graphics and colours. There is also a range of optimised themes that give you excellent visibility in any environment.

Not only does Ableton Live 10 come with a wide range of new workflow features, it also comes with three brand new audio effects that allow you to get ultra-creative with audio manipulation and create interesting new sounds.

Brand new effects:

Echo – A delay that aims to provide you with the sound of classic analogue and digital hardware delays. Echo allows you to drive and shape your sounds using analog-modeled filters while the noise and wobble settings let you create vintage sounding imperfections. For additional control over your modulation use the Echo controls for reverb amount and feedback, perfect for sound design, diffuse soundscaping and so much more.

Ableton Live 10 Echo image

Drum Buss – An intuitive one-stop workstation explicitly made for your drum group. Drum buss can give your drums some subtle character or can be used to destroy and break a drum loop to your will. Drive and crunch controls let you add some warmth and distortion while the compression and transient shaping allow you to take full control over the drum dynamics; for additional punch and depth, the dedicated low-end control section gives you control over the bass decay.

Ableton Live 10 Echo image Drum Buss

Pedal – A guitar pedal effect that features circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz, and allows you to add the rich character of analogue stompboxes to your sounds. The Pedal effect can provide subtle nuances or reckless grit to your sounds and excels at warming up vocals, driving hard hitting synths or completely destroy drum loops, and of course it goes brilliantly with guitars.

Ableton Live 10 Pedal Effect

Alongside the brand new effects is a highly advanced, infinitely capable synthesiser designed by Ableton called Wavetable. Using Wavetable, you can stretch, shape and morph your sounds with wavetables derived from analogue synths, and a range of other sounds and instruments. The intuitive interface allows you to start sculpting complex sounds straight away even if you do not have an in-depth knowledge around synthesis.

The Wavetable synthesiser comes with two fully morphable oscillators as well as an additional sub oscillator with a vast collection of wavetables to play around with. This synthesiser includes two LFOs and three envelopes which can be used to modulate almost any parameter you wish using the highly efficient modulation matrix.

Ableton Live 10 Wavetable synthesiser

Do Even More With Push 2

Ableton Live 10 really comes into a league of its own when paired with the Push 2 controller. It brings you new functions as well as new high-resolution visualisations that make you spend less time looking at your computer. Whether you’re composing, sound designing, editing MIDI or mixing your tracks the Push 2 combined with Ableton 10 turns your production setup into a true workhorse.

When used in parallel with Ableton 10 the Push 2 groove production machine lets you simultaneously sequence notes and play them from within the same pad layout. This means you can play notes in real time from the bottom 32 pads or use the top half to sequence in your melodies and chord progressions. Using the MIDI note view you can navigate and alter the notes of your melodies directly from the Push display, just press and hold a step from the sequence to zoom in and use the onboard controls to adjust various parameters such as velocity, note position and note length.

New Step Sequencer on Push


Advanced Visulisation

When using the Push 2, you get a clear visualisation of the Wavetable synthesiser and Echo effect when in use, so you won’t need to look at your computer while designing sounds. The visualisation also works for the EQ Eight. You will see a frequency spectrum analysis in real time across the top screen as well as advanced mid/side and left/right EQ modes; this also works for Ableton Lives’ compressor as you’ll see visuals for the threshold settings and for when the signal ducks.

Advanced Visulisation


Max for Live, No Limits

Max for Live technology is now fully integrated into Ableton Live 10 and offers a wide variety of brand new devices and capabilities that are designed to provide musicians and device developers with more creative options than ever before. Max for Live is now more intuitive and reliable than ever before, and includes many significant improvements under the hood such as faster load times, less CPU usage and an updated look that feels more like Ableton’s native devices.

Many of Max for Live’s devices have had a significant upgrade; the drum synthesizers have all been re-worked with a sound upgrade and a much broader sweet spot, plus the new LFO and other modulation sources allow you to modulate up to eight parameters all from a single device.

Updated Devices

For even more advanced MIDI-hardware integration Max for Live can now send and receive SysEx signals which give you more in-depth involvement with hardware synthesisers which includes preset backup dumps, parameter control and more. You can also make custom control surfaces for any of your custom hardware while new audio routing abilities make mixing for performances, theatres and installations using multi-channel speaker setups more accessible than ever thanks to the Surround Panner sound effect.


Extensive Library of Sound Packs

Ableton Live 10 comes with a broad selection of sound packs that are ready for use straight from out the box. They allow you to tweak your composition as you please or take your music to an entirely different place. The Ableton library has been entirely re-organised to make it easier for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Each of the new range of sound packs has been meticulously created to give you the most useful sounds possible. Each pack shares a common theme and is ready to use as they are. You also get given Macros for shaping the sound into something completely different.


New Essential Instruments

There are also four brand new essential instruments that have been designed in collaboration with artists and sound designers. The four packs include:

Drum Essentials - A vast collection of classic electronic drum kits and hits.

Drum Booth - Gives you all the acoustic drum and percussion sounds you’ll ever need.

Synth Essentials - Provides you with expertly programmed presets for all of Live 10’s synths alongside multi-sampled racks of classic hardware synthesisers.

Electric Keyboards – Gives you the sweet multi-sampled sound of electric pianos and organs to Live 10’s instrument line-up.

All changes in Live 10


  • Warped Arrangement audio clips can now be stretched by holding down Shift while dragging their border.
  • It is now possible to move Arrangement clips within a time selection using the arrow left/right keys. To toggle grid snapping, hold down the "CMD" (Mac) / "Alt" (PC) modifier key.
  • It is now possible to slide the contents of an Arrangement clip within the clip's boundaries, by holding "Alt+Shift" (Mac) / "Ctrl+Shift" (PC) then clicking and dragging the lower half of the clip. To toggle grid snapping, hold down the "CMD" (Mac) / "Alt" (PC) modifier key.
  • In the Arrangement, the "Reverse" command can now be performed on a time selection via the new "R" shortcut key. When using Reverse on a partially-selected clip in Arrangement, only the selected part is reversed.
  • Arrangement clips can now be moved by dragging the upper half of the clip content area. The mouse cursor changes to a hand to indicate the clip's draggable area, where time selections can also be made via a single-click.
  • Fades have been removed from the Fades/Devices chooser in the Arrangement. Clip fades are now always available, if the track is at least three units tall.
  • Introduced fade edge handles in the Arrangement, which allow users to change the duration of a fade in (via the "Fade In Start Handle") and fade out (via the "Fade Out End Handle") without affecting the fade peaks.
  • The "Activate/Deactivate clip(s)" command now only (de)activates the selected portion of Arrangement clips. Previously, the entire clip would be (de)activated, even if only part of it was selected.
  • The Edit menu's Loop Selection shortcut "CMD+L" (Mac) / "CTRL+L" (PC) also turns OFF the Arrangement Loop if no new selection is made (in which case it would loop that selection). Previously, the shortcut could only enable the Arrangement Loop, but not disable it.
  • It is now possible to enable MIDI note chasing via the "Chase MIDI Notes" command in the Options menu.
  • It is possible to import an audio or MIDI file via the Create menu. Depending on the track type, this command is named "Import MIDI File…" or "Import Audio File". The file will be inserted either where at the Insert Marker position (Arrangement View) or in the currently selected empty clip slot (Session View).
  • Double-clicking on a MIDI track in Arrangement View now creates a new MIDI clip.
  • MIDI and Key mappings can now be assigned to the Lock Envelopes switch.
  • Improved the performance of dragging and dropping clips in the Arrangement.



  • Introduced a global automation mode. In the Arrangement, the visibility of all automation lanes is now toggled via the Automation Mode button or the "A" key. When the automation lanes are visible.

  • Breakpoints now snap to the grid when they are moved.

  • When breakpoints are created close to a grid line, they now automatically snap to the grid.

  • Automation values are now displayed when hovering over a breakpoint, or dragging any of the following: an automation segment, multiple automation segments within a time selection, or multiple breakpoints in a time selection.

  • It is now possible to create automation breakpoints by double-clicking anywhere in an envelope view/automation lane.

  • It is now possible to move automation segments horizontally.

  • Pressing Shift while moving a breakpoint or segment of automation locks the movement either horinzontally or vertically depending on the direction of the initial movement.

  • The "Shift" modifier is no longer required for moving automation segments past existing breakpoints.

  • A vertical editing helper line now appears when moving breakpoints in the Arrangement View or Detail View.

  • While creating an automation breakpoint in a time selection, the time selection disappears, which enables moving the newly-created breakpoint.

  • It is also possible to split, deactivate, reverse and crop clips within a time selection while in automation mode.


  • Introduced the Collections and Colors feature in Live’s browser.

  • It is now possible to install and update Packs from within the Browser.

  • When previewing samples in the browser, one-shot samples preview un-quantized.

  • When unfolding a Live Set in the Browser, Group Tracks are now available.

  • In the browser's sidebar, it is now possible to rename user folders in the Sidebar, this is only in Live and doesn't rename the folders on disk.

  • The User Library and Current Project folders now have context menus with the "Locate Folder" / "Show in Finder" command.

  • Files can be dragged and dropped onto the User Library, Current Project and user folders in the Sidebar directly.



  • Introduced Capture: a new way to get music into Live.



  • Introduced Wavetable, a new Instrument for Live. Wavetable is a dual oscillator wavetable synthesizer with flexible modulation, that brings harmonically rich and expansive modern sounds to Live’s sonic palette.
  • Introduced Echo, a new audio effect device for Live. Echo is a modulation delay that is capable of a wide range of sounds, from tape-saturated and bucket-brigade styles, right through to modern, clean and digital delays. Echo includes an LFO that modulates filter frequency and delay time, and an envelope follower that can be blended with the LFO. Noise and Wobble parameters simulate sound artifacts found in vintage delays. Also included are a distortion switch, a reverb, stereo width control, a ducking compressor, a gate, a feedback signal inversion switch, and a toggle for repitching and crossfading repeats.
  • Introduced Drum Buss, a new audio effect for Live. An analog-style drum processor, Drum Buss is designed to add body and character to a group of drums, while gluing them together in a tight mix. Drum Buss combines the most used drum processing tools into a single device, which includes distortion, a compressor, low-frequency enhancement, a transient shaper and a control for dampening high frequency response.
  • Introduced Pedal, a new audio effect device for Live. Pedal is a guitar distortion effect that can also be used in less conventional settings, e.g. as a standalone effect on synths or drums. Pedal has three different modes: Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz. Each mode was inspired by distortion pedals with their own distinct sonic characteristics, including: warm and smooth, tight and aggressive, and bluesy yet broken.
  • Introduced the improved Utility device for Live. The Gain control can now be adjusted from -infinite dB to +35 dB. The Left / Right Phase buttons now invert Utility’s input signal instead of its output signal. Furthermore, the layout has been redesigned to fit new features, including a Mono switch, a Bass Mono switch, a Bass Mono Frequency slider, a Bass Mono Audition button, and a Balance knob control (which replaces the Panorama slider). Older Sets will continue to sound the same due to an added legacy mode. Older Utility devices can be upgraded via a button in the title bar.
  • Extended EQ Eight's minimum frequency down to 10 Hz.


File Handling:

  • It is now possible to export MP3, FLAC and WAVPACK.
  • Upon saving a Set using "Save Live Set", "Save Live Set As" or "Save a Copy", the previous version gets moved into a backup folder of the current Project. Up to 10 old versions of the Set are stored in this folder.
  • When saving a Live Set, the undo history is no longer cleared. The original file and history position are remembered when creating, loading and saving a Live set and the information is used to restore the Live set after a crash.
  • Improved naming and sorting of recorded audio files, by attaching a timestamp to the filename.
  • Added various changes for Windows 10:

Live now supports Jump Lists in the Start menu and Taskbar.
Owners of Live 9 and 10 can choose which version of Live to open a Live Set with, by right-clicking that Set and selecting "Open With".
It is now possible to associate .als files with a specific Live version, via "Control Panel" → "Apps" → "Default Apps".


  • Large Live Sets can now be closed 5-10 times faster.
  • Improved the speed of loading samples referenced by a Live Set. This reduces the Live Set loading time considerably.



  • It is now possible to create Group Tracks within Group Tracks.
  • For Group Tracks, the "Assign Track Color to Clips" context menu item was renamed to "Assign Track Color To Grouped Tracks & Clips". When the command is used, the contained tracks (and their respective clips) inherit the Group Track's color.
  • Introduced the new Ableton Sans font in Live.
  • Introduced new colors in Live 10's color palette.
  • MIDI notes are now drawn in their clip color in the Note Editor.
  • Updated the appearance of clips in both Session and Arrangement View.
  • Introduced a set of four new themes in place of the previously available Live "skins".
  • Introduced a preference to enable HiDPI mode on Windows. HiDPI mode can be enabled on Windows 10 via Live's Preferences → Look/Feel → Enable HiDPI mode.
  • Introduced Pen Tablet Mode to Live's Preferences. Pen Tablet Mode allows use of graphic tablets to meaningfully control Live’s UI. It replaces the "AbsoluteMouseMode" option.
  • Added a "Assign Track Color to Clips" menu item to the context menu of track headers.
  • Some of Live’s UI motion has been improved to move at 60 frames per second.
  • Added several visual improvements for Windows: the second window now shows the same menu bar as the main window. When the Alt key is pressed, no letters in the menu bar are underlined anymore.
  • There is always space reserved for the clip/device drop area in Session View to enable dragging and dropping there.
  • Enabled sample dots on the waveforms. When zooming in, users can now more closely see where their samples are on the Time Ruler.
  • It is now possible to reset knob and slider control values to their default value by double-clicking them (in the same way that the "Delete" keyboard shortcut works).
  • The state of the MIDI Editor's Fold button is now set globally across all tracks, rather than per track. The Fold button can now be Key/MIDI-mapped.
  • The state of the MIDI Editor's Preview switch is now set globally across all tracks, rather than per track.
  • Changed Fold button behaviour for MIDI clips on tracks that contain a Drum Rack: when Fold is deactivated, the MIDI Note Editor only shows rows with pitches corresponding to a pad with devices on it, and when Fold is activated, only rows containing notes are displayed.
  • Context menu items now react when the mouse is released, instead of after the initial mouse click. This makes it possible to drag away from a selection to cancel triggering an item, while keeping the context menu open.

Max For Live:
  • Max is now bundled in Live, and no longer requires a separate installation.

  • Max has been optimized so that devices load faster and use less CPU.

  • Max is now loaded at startup, instead of when the first Max device is loaded.

  • Added a set of Max for Live control and modulation devices to the Core Library. This includes:Max Audio Effect Envelope Follower, LFO, Shaper.
  • Max MIDI Effect: Envelope, Expression Control, Note Echo.

Added a set of Max for Live Drum Synthesizers to Live. This includes:
  • DS Kick
  • DS Snare
  • DS Clap
  • DS HH
  • DS Cymbal
  • DS Tom
  • DS FM
  • DS Sampler

Midi Editing:
  • Introduced multi-clip editing.

  • It is now possible to change a track's Pan control to 'Split Stereo Pan Mode', via a context menu item. This both applies to both Arrangement and Session View.
  • It is now possible to route an individual Drum Rack pad's audio output to one of its parent Drum Rack's return chains. This allows these return chains to be used as mix buses.



  • It is now possible to zoom to (and back from) time selection in Arrangement and in Detail View. This feature can be triggered with the "Z" and "Shift + Z" respectively, via the View menu, or via a context menu item.
  • It is now possible to zoom vertically and horizontally in the Arrangement View, using two-finger trackpad gestures or a mousewheel. Pressing "ALT" (Mac/Win) while scrolling vertically zooms the amplitude/pitch axis of the selected track(s). Pressing "CMD" (Mac) / "CTRL" (Win) while scrolling vertically zooms the timeline to the cursor position.
  • Added "Show All Tracks" in the View and context menus in the Arrangement View. This minimizes all tracks, allowing you to see as many as possible on your screen. The action can also be triggered via the "S" shortcut.
  • It is now possible to scroll horizontally using the Shift modifier key also on Windows.
  • On U.S. keyboards, it is now possible to zoom by pressing "+" without using the Shift modifier key.
  • When time is selected within an Arrangement clip, Detail View's display now zooms in on the selected time.
  • When making an edit in the Arrangement or Detail View, Follow is now paused instead of being deactivated. When paused, the Follow button changes from yellow to orange. When stopping or re-starting playback, or scrubbing, Follow starts again. Furthermore, Follow is also paused when scrolling horizontally in Arrangement.
  • Dragging clips from an existing track to the clip/device drop area creates a new track with those clips, and also the devices from the original tracks.
  • Audio effects can now be dragged to the Master track's Scene Launch area in Session View.

  • It is now possible to set names for mono or stereo input and output channels from the Input/Output Config preferences window. These names appear in all Input/Output Channel chooser dropdowns.
  • It is now possible to choose between different metronome sounds from the Metronome's context menu.
  • It is now possible to select a different tick interval for the Metronome, via its pull-down and context menus.
  • Added a new "Enable only while recording" menu item to the Metronome's pull-down and context menus.
  • The Computer MIDI Keyboard is now always off at application launch. It can now be toggled with the "M" key.
  • On Windows, authorizing Live after reinstalling your operating system does not require to use up another authorization.
  • Updated FLAC to 1.3.2 and enabled code optimizations.

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