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What's new in Ableton Live 11? (All new features of Live 11 explained and demonstrated)

In this video we will try to explain and demonstrate all the new exciting features of Ableton Live 11. We are super excited about Comping, the new Hybrid Reverb and the Spectral Resonator. But what other features have been added? Let's take a look inside! Ableton 11 is still in Beta so.. so things might still change or be added. Live 11 will be officially released "Early 2021". What do you think about the update? Comment below the video on Youtube!

Timecodes for the video:

  • 00:00 Start
  • 03:43 CPU Metering
  • 05:03 Keys and Scales
  • 06:19 Hybrid Reverb
  • 10:17 Spectral Resonator
  • 13:44 Spectral Time
  • 15:57 MPE - Midi Polyphonic Expression
  • 18:22 Improved Clip Detail View
  • 19:12 Refined Clips (Transpose whole Song)
  • 20:32 Redux
  • 22:27 New Phaser-Flanger
  • 24:44 New Chorus-Vibrato
  • 26:33 Note Probability and Velocity Chance
  • 31:28 Follow Actions
  • 31:42 Rack Improvements and Macro Controls
  • 35:31 Interface Electric and Corpus
  • 35:47 Stage: Tempo Following
  • 36:35 New Instruments and Sounds
  • 37:18 My Thoughts on this update


Here's a full list of the new features (from Ableton directly):


Create Your Perfect Take

Take Recording and Comping 

Live organizes multiple passes of an audio or MIDI performance into individual takes. Pick the best moments of each performance and combine them to create your perfect take. Or approach sound design in a new way by splicing together random samples from your library.

Linked Track Editing

Link two or more tracks to edit their content simultaneously. This makes editing multi-tracked instruments or of performances with multiple musicians easy and fast whilst keeping everything in time across tracks. This feature also works for MIDI tracks.


Add More Feeling to Your Music


Use Your MPE-Capable Controller

Plug in your MPE-capable controller and immediately add bends, slides and pressure for each individual note in a chord. Add subtle expression variations, morph between chords and create evolving sonic textures.

What is MPE?

MPE stands for MIDI Polyphonic Expression. This way of using MIDI allows MPE-capable devices to control multiple parameters of every note in real time for more expressive instrumental performances. 

Note Expression View

Edit the pitch, slide and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression of your takes. Or take your sound design further by sequencing polyphonic sound variations.

More Expressive Sounds Included

Wavetable, Sampler and Arpeggiator are all updated to support MPE. And Live comes with MPE presets for each device that bring new dimensions of interaction and playability to your sound. The new expressive possibilities also enable polyphonic aftertouch on Push.


Experiment with New Devices


Hybrid Reverb

Hybrid Reverb combines convolution and algorithmic reverbs. Place your sounds in any space, from accurate real-life environments to those that defy physical reality. Use the algorithmic side to add control and modulate the reverb tail, run it in parallel or in series with the convolution side, or play Hybrid Reverb like an instrument for real-time sound design.


Spectral Resonator

Breaks the spectrum of an incoming audio signal into partials, then stretches, shifts and blurs the result by a frequency or a note in subtle or radical ways. The MIDI sidechain input also allows musicians to process material in key and even play the device as if it were a polyphonic instrument.


Spectral Time - wash out?

Slices sound into partials and feeds them into a frequency-based delay, resulting in metallic echoes, pitch-shifted and reverb-like effects. The Freeze function captures and holds a slice of audio – either free-running or in time with the beat – for stuttered, glitched and washed-out effects.


Do More on Stage


Tempo Following

Live listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio in real time, making it a dynamic part of the band instead of the tempo source that everyone has to follow. When you DJ, you can even turn Live into a tempo-synced FX box.


Macro Snapshots

Store the state of your Macros for later recall – perfect for creating instant variations to your sounds or builds and drops during performance.


Rack Improvements

Configure your Racks to have between 1 and 16 Macros. Randomize the state of your Macros with the randomization button or map it to MIDI and perform drastic changes in real time to surprise your audience and yourself.


Be Unpredictable


Note Chance

Set the probability that a note or drum hit will occur and let Live generate surprising variations to your patterns that change over time.


Velocity Chance

Define ranges for velocity probability for subtle, humanized variations in the dynamics of your patterns.


Do More with Follow Actions

Follow Actions can now be linked to the clip length, making it faster to create interesting sequences of clips. You can also set Follow Actions to jump to specific clips and enable and disable Follow Actions globally.  Scene Follow Actions let you create evolving arrangements.



More New Features in Live 11


Refined Clip Editing

Edit loops of multiple clips simultaneously, focus on a single clip in context and easily transpose entire arrangements from one piano roll. 


Improved CPU Metering

Optimize your computer’s performance before going on stage or when mixing a dense project. The updated display now shows current and average CPU usage. Per-track CPU meters show you which tracks in your set use the most processing power.


Keys and Scales

Use scales directly in Live's MIDI editor as a guide or reference. Create musical ideas that all have a common collection of notes. 


Improved Clip Detail View

New tabs in the Clip Detail View give you a clearer overview of and access to relevant parameters and properties of a Clip. Tabs are divided into Note Parameters, Follow Actions, Envelopes and MPE.



Redux adds a wider range of sounds from vintage digital gear including harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts, as well as warm and saturated 8-bit textures.


Phaser, Flanger, Doubler

Phaser has a new, lusher sound with increased frequency and modulation ranges. The existing Earth and Space modes have been completely re-written to be more expressive and the new Doubler mode introduces a short modulatable delay.


Chorus and Vibrato

Ensemble Chorus is a new algorithm inspired by a thick 3-delay line chorus used in the 70s for string machines. Add wild pitch variations to your sound with Vibrato Mode. Ranges for Presence and Character have been fine-tuned and the new Spread control lets you extend the left and right channels of the signal across the stereo field.


Six new Devices


Inspired by Nature 


Six playful instruments and effects created in collaboration with Dillon Bastan that use natural and physical processes as their inspiration.

  • Vector FM – Manipulate different combinations of FM oscillators represented by moving particles – play with movement and voices to create evolving modulations and textures.
  • Vector Grain – A granular looper that visualizes sound modulation by moving particles on the interface – play with attraction and magnetism or loop the particles through a flow field.  
  • Vector Delay – Each visualized particle in this multitap delay device represents a different delay line – create pitch shifting or reverse delay effects with movement controlled by physical forces. 
  • Emit – This visual granular synthesizer uses particles shooting across a spectrogram to show the grain of a sample being played, while vertical movements represent filtering and panning.
  • Tree Tone – Grow different fractal patterns inspired by plants, then use them to generate sound using wavetable oscillators, or as resonators for incoming audio. 
  • Bouncy Notes – Bounce balls up and down a piano roll to create pitch shifting delay effects or arpeggiation with this gravity-based MIDI sequencer.


Create jittery glitch effects, delayed digital shimmers and outlandish vibrato with this Max for Live pitch shifting device created in collaboration with Robert Henke and inspired by the Publison DHM 89 – an early digital effects processor. It’s a flexible tool to add character to sounds in the studio, or for in-the-moment experimentation onstage. 

New Instruments


Created in collaboration with Spitfire Audio, these three Instrument Packs bring dynamic orchestral textures to any production.


Upright Piano

Upright Piano infuses your productions with the natural warmth of an upright piano. Close-recorded for an intimate feel, this classic sound is at home in many styles of music – whether it’s used at its purest in a folk song or transformed in an electronic track.


Brass Quartet

Feature a rich blend of trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor horn and trombone in your music. The instrument, co-created with Spitfire Audio, highlights the natural breathiness, range of expression and broad tonality of this brass quartet’s instrumentation. 


String Quartet

From delicate pizzicato droplets to full, vibrant layers, get the authentic timbres and textures of a string quartet. Recorded by Spitfire Audio, this combination of two violins, viola and cello has a sound that is immediately intimate, and is also a great starting point for sonic exploration. 


New Curated Collections

These Packs capture the musical threads that tie evolving styles and scenes together. Each is a curated selection of instruments, clips and samples that share a common sonic theme.

Voice Box

Voice Box invites you to get inventive with vocals. This Pack features a comprehensive collection of contemporary vocal samples from multiple voices, a set of playable vocal instruments, and Effect Racks designed for vocal processing. 

Mood Reel

Set the scene with a collection of sounds for making music with a modern narrative feel. Evocative layered instruments combine organic and synthetic sounds with textural elements to add mood, space and movement to productions.

Drone Lab

Drone Lab is a place of sustain. Weave complex, evolving threads through your productions with tonal and textural samples, generative noise, multisampled instruments, plus devices and Effect Racks designed for experimentation. 



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