Pro­ducer’s Guide

Ableton Live 10

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In re­cent years at least, Ableton’s at­ti­tude to up­dat­ing Live seems to have erred on the side of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. That’s not to say they haven’t brought sig­nif­i­cant new fea­tures and func­tional changes to the DAW, but you get the im­pres­sion that, if they can help it, Ableton would rather not dis­rupt ex­ist­ing users’ work­flow with ma­jor changes to the lay­out or in­ter­face. Be­cause of this, an ex­ist­ing user com­ing to Live 10 from Live 9 – or even 8 or 7 – could hap­pily load up the DAW and get on with mak­ing mu­sic with­out need­ing to worry too much about changes or new fea­tures. Sure, you’d no­tice a slightly dif­fer­ent look, and you’d have the oc­ca­sional ad­just­ment to get your head around – hid­den au­to­ma­tion lanes, an up­dated browser – but there’s noth­ing that’s likely to leave you com­pletely stumped. While there are ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits to this ap­proach in terms of speed and us­abil­ity, it can also have the side ef­fect of dis­cour­ag­ing ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with those new tools – if you don’t des­per­ately have to get your head around those new fea­tures, it’s easy to slip back into your usual rut. To that end, let’s spend the next few pages dig­ging in to some of Live 10’s less ob­vi­ous fea­tures…

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