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Ableton Live 12.1 Beta Released

The update offers a huge amount of improvements and new features.

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5 July 2024

Ableton has released an Ableton Live 12.1 Beta for users to test run and it’s more than just a tweak to apply any bug fixes. Here are the latest features:

Auto Shift – real-time pitch tracking and correction device
Live 12.1 now puts real-time pitch correction within reach for anyone working with vocals. Select a scale, or define your own, to keep every note in tune with your track. Play and make harmonies from any monophonic signal using Auto Shift’s MIDI sidechain. Add vibrato, and modulate your sound using MPE or the device’s LFO.

Drum Sampler – compact one-shot sampler with built-in effects
Beatmaking becomes more fluid with this small but mighty device. The new Drum Sampler presents all essential sampling controls for immediate manipulation – and pairs them with time stretch and looping modes, FM and ring modulation, and the ability to layer a sub oscillator or noise, add punch, or crush sounds with an 8-Bit mode.

Auto-tagging for all your samples
You can now search your entire user library faster with filters – and there’s no need to tag the samples yourself. Live 12.1 automatically assigns new tags to any sample in your library less than a minute long. VST3 plugins will also be assigned tags based on metadata.

Improved Limiter and Saturator
Limiter gets a complete overhaul – with a smoother release curve making for less distortion, better metering with the improved UI, and the addition of Mid/Side routing, True Peak, Soft Clip, and Maximize modes.

Along with a more focused front panel, Saturator sees the addition of a Bass Shaper curve ideal for low end processing. Drive 808 kicks and sub basses as hard as you like and let Saturator keep the frequencies in check.

MIDI improvements
You can now filter and select MIDI notes by time, pitch, velocity, chance, duration or by a number of other dimensions using a new toolbar in the MIDI Editor. 12.1 also introduces two new MPE-specific MIDI Transformations – Glissando and LFO – allowing you to create curves for the MPE parameters of selected notes.

Create more intuitively on Push
Live 12.1 comes with a host of updates to Push. With Push 2 and 3 you can now design sounds with more detail and control by mapping Macros, and experiment with a range of different sounds using Macro Variations. Push 3 now also lets you add groove instantly to all the MIDI clips in your Set with a single twist of an encoder.

The new update brings Live 12’s filtering system to the browser on Push 2 and 3, as well as auto-tagging for samples on Push 3 standalone. Plus, you can now save Default Sets and Template Sets on Push 2 and 3, and organize your Sets by moving tracks and scenes.

For more detail on Live 12.1, including updates to Push, check out the release notes.

If you’re a Live 12 user, you can join the beta program to try the free update now.

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