Now Ableton is Apple M1 compatible, plus dozens of improvements and fixes

Ableton Live 11.1 Update

Now Ableton is Apple M1 compatible, plus dozens of improvements and fixes

Christof Baer
Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
February 19, 2022
 and first floated it on 
February 1, 2022
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Ableton Live 11 is now Apple Silicon native

Ableton has just released a minor update from Live 11 to 11.1. The main news is Apple Silicon M1 native support, which should improve performance on these computers.

In addition, small improvements to some Ableton devices have been implemented.

  • Shifter: The updated Shifter device added a mode for real-time monophonic pitch shifting, as well as delay, an envelope section, an LFO and glide functionality.
  • Align Delay: This Max Live device compensates for lag when sending signals throughout the system.
  • Shaper MIDI: Generates modulation data that can bring more expression to MIDI performances.

Additional improvements were made to comping, Clip handling, and a long list of bug fixes.

Please note there is no automatic software update for 11.1. Check out this article for information on manually updating Live.

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Our View

This is a minor update to Ableton Live, with some minor tweaks and a long list of bug fixes. With more and more users running the DAW on Apple Silicon based computers, the 11.1 update is certainly welcome.

This performance improvement should both improve battery life for making music on the go, and enable you to run more plugins.

I would have expected a significant reduction in CPU load. In initial tests I ran on my MacBook Pro 13 inch M1, the reduction looked slim. I simply downloaded the trial version of Ableton Live 11.1, and ran the Ableton demo song in Rosetta mode, as well as Native mode.

Ableton Live 11.1 running Rosetta.

Activity Meter when running Ableton Live 11.1 in Rosetta emulation mode.

Ableton Live 11.1 running Native.

Activity Meter when running Ableton Live 11.1 in Native Mode looks slightly lower than running Rosetta, in particular in the 4 Efficiency Cores.

For new users who own an Apple Silicon computer, this could be another reason to try out Ableton for 90 days.

And don't forget, this minor update brings us closer to Ableton Live 12 😁.

Pricing

The Ableton Live 11.1 is a free update for all owners of Ableton Live 11.

Prices have not changed when you buy from Ableton.

  • Ableton Live Intro: $99
  • Ableton Live Standard: $449
  • Ableton Live Suite: $749

However, we compared prices and found Thomann offers Ableton Live for less than buying from Ableton directly.

  • Ableton Live Intro: $75
  • Ableton Live Standard: $333
  • Ableton Live Suite: $569

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