Ableton is giving its Live Lite users a free 11 update with MPE support, new devices, workflow improvements & more.
At the end of February, Ableton released Live 11 version with many new features. I made a detailed article about the release. Among other things, they added MPE support, comping, new devices, and more.
Now, there is also the update available for Live Lite. Attention, do not compare it with Live Intro. Lite is the free version that you get as a bonus for hardware purchases (Arturia KeyLab Essential…) or even with software (Korg Gadgets). Live 11 Lite did not get all the new features of the full version, but some nice ones.
Ableton Live 11 Lite
According to Ableton, they added new and updated devices, gave the free version more sounds, a higher scene count, and more functionality. A highlight is the support for MPE-capable hardware and MPE Control, a device that lets you edit the pitch, slide, and pressure envelopes of each note to refine the expression in your music. A feature I didn’t expect for the Lite version. Great that Ableton also gives access to this technology for non-paying customers.
Then, Ableton Live Lite 11 comes with three new audio effects:
- Phaser-Flanger: A time-based effect with a lush sound, wide frequency and modulation ranges, and a Doubler mode for short modulatable delay.
- Limiter: A studio standard for all music styles, Limiter sets an absolute output limit on any signal. Useful for mastering a track or on any signal that cannot exceed a certain volume.
- Saturator: A waveshaping distortion for adding dirt, punch, and warmth.
There are also positive changes to the scene. Musicians can now add up to 16 scenes in session view for more varied arrangements and space to experiment with ideas. This makes the Lite 11 version much more useful. Another addition is Expression Control, a device that gives you detailed control of how MIDI parameters such as velocity, modwheel, pitch bend, aftertouch, and keytrack respond in Live.
Live Lite also gets the neat tempo adjustment functionality also introduced with Live 11. It listens to and adjusts its tempo based on incoming audio from another musician or other gear like drum machines in real-time. Plus the LL core library has been expanded with new sounds, drum kits, racks, grooves, loops, and more. A nice package of new features for the lite version and that as a free update. If that’s not a nice gift from Ableton.
Ableton Live 11 Lite is included in a wide range of hardware products for free. Owners of any previous version of Live Lite can upgrade for free.
More information here: Ableton