Ableton has introduced eight new ‘Creative Extensions’ for Live and has generously made them available to all Live 10 Suite owners at no cost. Created in collaboration with Amazing Noises, the eight tools include new ways of pitch shifting and sequencing melodies and delays, creative and characterful studio processing, a device that creates reverb-like spaces, and two revamped Max for Live synths.
Here’s the breakdown of each one.
Melodic Steps – a fast and intuitive MIDI sequencer for evolving melodies with an interface designed to encourage experimentation and new discoveries through play.
Bass – a monophonic virtual analogue synthesizer for bass sounds from classically deep and clean to heavily distorted, rumbling tones. Now with four individually tuneable oscillators.
Poli – a virtual analogue synth designed for classic polyphonic chords and phrases. Its vintage character comes from de-tuneable oscillators, a powerful modulation section, built-in chorus and more.
Pitch Hack – a single delay line with transposition control, as well as the ability to reverse audio, randomise the transposition interval and fold the delayed signal back into itself.
Gated Delay – a delay with a gate sequencer that sends the incoming signal to a delay line on activated steps. Much like a send effect that is turned on and off in a defined rhythm.
Color Limiter – another flavour of limiting inspired by the gritty sounds achievable with hardware limiters. The Saturation and Color parameters are the key to its characterful sound.
Re-Enveloper – a multiband envelope processor that divides the signal into three adjustable frequency bands. Attack and Release knobs control the responsiveness of the effect.
Spectral Blur – creates sounds and textures best described as reverb-like. A user-defined frequency range of a signal is blurred to create a dense cloud of sound.
If you’re a current Live 10 Suite owner you can download the devices directly from the Live 10 browser or your Ableton online account.