To all you Ableton Fans!! (which I like to refer to as ”Ablebabies”) exciting news have been announced!
Ableton has announced the newest incarnation of their beloved DAW, Live 10!
Currently, it’s been 4 years since the initial release of Live 9 and I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re ready for a new Update! If you go over to Ableton’s official page about all the new Features in Ableton 10 (Link at the end), you’ll find a slew of new features to hype you up for the release of Live 10!
In this Post, I’ll be covering 5 of my personal favourite new features in Live 10 and hopefully, help to convince you to pick up Live 10 when it releases.
In my time with Ableton, I’ve rarely ever used their Stock Synths (not counting Sampler and Simpler). Reason being I couldn’t get in touch with the sounds they provided. I could try and remake a sound I made in Serum or Hive in either Analog or Operator and yet settings-wise they were close to identical, the sound never really got there, even with all the processing I could muster up.
Now by no means am I saying that Analog and Operator don’t have their places in Ableton, they most certainly do. I’m just saying that I’m not a particular fan of their Sound engines
Now on the other hand from listening to the sample clips Ableton has provided, I can safely say that I’ve become an Instant fan.
The UI looks slick and relatively user-friendly if you know how to navigate a basic synthesizer. Plus some neat extra features like having a separate Sub Oscillator and two filters built right into the interface.
Of course, there are other features that Wavetable has that I won’t go into now as that could warrant its own Blog post.
02: Note Chasing
I’m sure all of you had this issue at some point:
You write a chord progression and now you’re on your way to write a melody to accompany those chords. However, the chords don’t play if you don’t start the MIDI clip where the chords start. So now you’re stuck with either playing the whole melody plus chords from the beginning or looking for the earliest chord that triggers at around the same time where you’re at with your melody writing.
This is a simple, yet an aggravating process that can waste your time if you let it add up. With Note chasing, the chords play no matter where you start your MIDI clip. This one small feature can save a lot of time (and nerves) when you’re trying to come up with a catchy melody to add to your tracks.
03: Groups within groups
A feature that has been lacking in Lives repertoire has been multilayer groups.
Often when I produce tracks I find myself with so many groups in my project file that I often lose track of certain audio or MIDI tracks, even when they’re in the right group. With this feature, you can now specify what kind of groups you can form, without needing to sacrifice (or copy) effects and automation that you drew for a prior group bus.
This feature really is self-explanatory so I’ll leave it at that.
04: Multiple MIDI clip editing
So Live 9 has a bunch of awesome features you can use to efficiently edit your MIDI notes. You can double/halve their length with the push of a button; you can inverse the notes or even reverse them, all with the push of a button!
All that is great and all, however, there is ONE feature I was sorely missing from Live that another DAW had that I don’t use. Judging by the Title of this spot, some of you might not understand what ”Multiple MIDI clip editing” means. To put it in simple terms, it allows you to link certain MIDI clips (i.E. Chords and Drums) and you can then see both of their MIDI notes in ONE clip. This can be very handy in various situations.
Came up with an interesting rhythm for your drums but the chords don’t align properly? Not a problem! Just switch over to the chord MIDI information and edit it, without needing to switch back and fro from your drum clip to your chord clip to make sure that they align and flow properly! This way you’ll spend less time double checking every little edit you make by playing the track, then pausing it only to switch one voicing or drum hit and then pressing play again. This is a probably my favourite feature and I know I’ll be using it constantly.
Picture this scene:
You’ve got Live open and you’re taking a break from all your hard work and decide to jam out on your MIDI keyboard. You’re just jamming away, thinking of nothing in particular when something catches your attention! That drum rhythm or chord progression you just played sounded ”Dope AF”! So you decide you want to replicate that. You press the record button, wait for the count-in and then!….
You can’t remember which keys you pressed or in which succession you played those drum pads. You try to remember but since you weren’t paying proper attention, that’s not gonna happen. The moments gone. How many of you have had this happen to you? It’s happened to me a great deal I’ll tell you that much.
But now with the capture feature, all your improv worries are scattered into nothingness. The capture feature (which is located right next to your play/stop buttons) remembers your jam session and upon pressing said button, boom. All the midi is automatically created and ready for you to use.
This feature will undoubtedly let you focus on the more creative side of production and allow simple fooling around to turn into an actual process of your workflow.
So there you have it!
My personal Top 5 features to look forward to in Live 10! What are you’re favourites? Let us here at Acolyte know!
I hope you enjoyed this list of mine and I look forward to seeing you guys for my next post!
Keep on Flowing!