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Ableton Live: What's New In 10.1

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
By Len Sasso

Screen 1: The blue curve at the top modulates the Channel EQ's frequency relative to its current setting. The curves were fashioned from preset shapes using curve-shaping tools.Screen 1: The blue curve at the top modulates the Channel EQ's frequency relative to its current setting. The curves were fashioned from preset shapes using curve-shaping tools.

Ableton Live 10.1, the first incremental upgrade to Live 10, has something for everyone and multiple improvements for most users.

Live 10.1, the first incremental upgrade to Live 10, has something for everyone and multiple improvements for most users. You'll find, or perhaps stumble over, new key commands, many designed to improve Live's visuals — zoom in and out, expand and contract, expose or hide specific features and so on. Track Freezing now accommodates side-chains by allowing both incoming and outgoing audio. And you can now use VST3 plug-ins, which add many features. Here we'll concentrate on major improvements to automation and modulation, a significant upgrade to Live's Wavetable instrument and several new audio effects.

Automation & Modulation

There are two big stories here. One is that automation and clip modulation can coexist for the same parameter. The other is the bevy of new tools for drawing and editing automation and modulation curves. Before 10.1, clip modulation was limited to MIDI CC messages in MIDI clips and to volume, transposition and a few settings based on the clip's Warp mode in audio clips. All other Session view clip envelopes (mixer settings, device controls and so on) were actually track automation housed in the clip, and they were automatically transferred to the track when the clip was moved to Arrangement view. Now, when you're working in Session view, 'Aut' and 'Mod' buttons in the Clip view's Envelopes editor determine whether you create automation or modulation envelopes. If the Aut and Mod buttons don't appear when you select a parameter from the menu,...

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Published August 2019