Major update adds comping, MPE and several new instruments and effects

Ableton Live 11 is live

Major update adds comping, MPE and several new instruments and effects

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Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
June 15, 2023
 and first floated it on 
March 12, 2021
Ableton Live 11 is live

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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.

New in Live 11: Comping for stitching parts of multiple passes of audio or MIDI into one track. Plus, new devices such as the Hybrid Reverb.

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.

Our View

Overall, this looks more like a minor update, compared to the Live 10. Live 10 was a major overhaul, which brought changes throughout the whole software, from interface, arranging, automation, nested groups, MAX for Live, and added devices such as Wavetable, Echo and Drumbus. While comping is welcome and overdue, MPE is more niche.

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Prices remain unchanged when you buy directly from Ableton:

  • Ableton Live 11 Intro £69/ $99
  • Ableton Live 11 Standard £319/ $449
  • Ableton Live 11 Suite £539/ $749

However, in our research we found Thomann* to be the consistently cheapest Ableton retailer:

  • Ableton Live 11 Lite £68/ $71
  • Ableton Live 11 Standard £299/ $315
  • Ableton Live 11 Suite £519/ $539

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You can try Ableton Live 11 for free for a generous 90 days.



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