Is Ableton 11 one step ahead or just keeping up?
Pretty much two years after its update to version 10, Ableton has now released its next major update to version 11.
One of the main features added is comping. This has been available in most other DAWs, like Apple Logic Pro X and Avid Protools, for a long time, but is still a welcome addition to Ableton Live. Comping in Ableton Live 11 now organizes multiple passes of audio or MIDI performance into individual takes, allowing you to stitch the best parts of these takes together.
The next major new feature is MPE support. This includes built-in support for MPE data editing, including the Expression View, and adds MPE compatibility to Wavetable, Sampler, and Arpeggiator devices.
Finally, several new instruments and effects have been added, including:
- Hybrid Reverb – Combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs.
- Spectral Resonator – Breaks incoming audio signal into partials, then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or note.
- Spectral Time – Transforms sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency-based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, frequency-shifted and reverb-like effect .
- Inspired by Nature – Six instruments and effects that use nature and physics as their inspiration.
- PitchLoop89 – Creates jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and vibrato.