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.
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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