Ableton has finally announced the latest version of Life, I wanted to take a moment to see some of the bigger updates like a new comping feature and big changes in improving your live show.
Comping is something that other DAWs have made available to producers for years, but it has taken Ableton some time to implement it into their platform. With Live 11, comping is one of the features producers look forward to most, as you can record continuously as each setting is placed on a new “track”. Ableton has decided to label each new setting you record a “Lane” and rename it, use only the best parts for it, and incorporate it into MIDI. This is something I see as the biggest step between Live 10 and 11.
You can also use your favorite MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) controller add more “feeling” to your tracks. Essentially, this feature lets you add bends, foils, and pressure per note through your MPE. You can also customize how reactive Live is to your MPE data points.
Another feature that I think will be a big selling point for this new version is the pace for live sets. With Live 11, now you can Set the tempo dynamically If you choose which instrument input to match the tempo, Live will automatically update the tempo in real time! This is an amazing feature as it allows you to really jam in live sets without having to worry about keeping your filters at the same tempo as your drummer’s kick drum.
Finally, Ableton threw a lot too new equipment and instruments this will help you manipulate your signal and create new sounds. If you want to learn more about the new features and updates, check out the full list of items with some sample videos here.