Ableton Releases Live 10.1 Public Beta

Ableton Live

Ableton Live
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Ableton has released the public beta of Live 10.1, the latest update to their popular music production and performance software. The update will feature workflow improvements, device enhancements, and more.

Upgrades to Live’s workflow include a resizeable arrangement overview window, pinch zooming, and streamlined keyboard shortcuts. The EQ, delay, and wavetable devices have also been enhanced, and the program will feature VST3 plug-in support.

The Live 10.1 release date has not been announced, but the beta is currently available to all Live 10 owners.

Learn more about Live 10.1 on Ableton’s website and watch the introduction video below.

Related: Watch: DJ Step1 Performs Routine Using Ableton Push 2

Consejos y Trucos: Ableton Push 2 Review

Ableton Push 2

Lanzado en 2015, el controlador Push 2 de Ableton se ha mantenido como una herramienta popular para la producción de música y presentaciones en vivo. Hoy, Luis Martínez hace un recorrido del Push 2 para mostrar cómo funciona. Míra el video arriba en un nuevo episodio de Consejos y Trucos de DJcity Latino.

English translation (traducción en inglés):

Released in 2015, Ableton’s Push 2 controller has remained a popular tool for both music production and live performances. Today, Luis Martinez does a walkthrough of the Push 2 to show how it functions. Watch above on a new episode of DJcity Latino‘s Consejos y Trucos.

Related: Consejos y Trucos: Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX2 Controller Review

Watch: DJ Step1 Performs Routine Using Ableton Push 2

dj step1

dj step1

Ableton recently enlisted Bay Area turntablist DJ Step1 to showcase the company’s Push 2 controller in a live performance.

Step1 put down an impressive routine, combining sampling, scratching, and finger drumming to create a track. In an additional video, she explained how she integrates her DJ setup with Push, then breaks down how she mapped the project in Live.

A veteran in the turntablism scene, Step1 is best known for producing a battle record called Bikini Wax with DJ Shortee in 2007. Bikini Wax is the first battle record to be released by a female DJ. Step1 owns the Sequence One music school in Oakland.

Watch her performance and walkthrough videos below.

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Ableton Live 10 Announced

Ableton Live 10

Ableton Live 10
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Ableton has announced Live 10, the next version of its popular music production and performance software. A significant release, Live 10 introduces four new devices, workflow improvements, a redesigned sound library, and more.

The new devices are Wavetable, Echo, Drum Buss, and Pedal. Wavetable, Ableton’s new synth, is derived from analog synths and other instruments and sounds. It has the potential to compete with popular wavetable synths like Serum and Massive. Echo brings together the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device, Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, and Pedal brings the sound of analog stomp boxes.

Live 10 offers a variety of workflow improvements for every stage of the creative process. They include an updated interface, a feature called Capture, which helps producers turn spontaneous ideas into music, the ability to edit multiple MIDI clips, and more.

The software also comes with a redesigned and reorganized sound library that includes new collections of packs.

Live 10 will be available in early 2018. In the meantime, Ableton is running a discount offer now until the release in which all Live 9 editions are 20% off. The purchase of any Live 9 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 10 edition upon release.

Learn more about Live 10 on Ableton’s website and watch the introduction video below.

Related: Watch a Demonstration of Ableton’s Link Technology

Watch a Demonstration of Ableton’s Link Technology

John Type Link

Italian DJ/producer John Type has demonstrated Ableton Link in a creative video.

Released nearly two years ago, Link is a wireless technology that keeps music devices in time over a local network. It enables DJs, producers, and musicians to sync together via Link-enabled DVS software such as Serato DJ and Ableton Live and DAWs like Ableton Live, Maschine, and Reason.

John mixes four tracks in the video, going back and forth from Serato DJ and Ableton Live. He drastically changes the tempos to show how Link keeps everything synced.

According to his website, he used cue point mapping and “miditablism” techniques in the demonstration. Miditablism is a style that combines classic turntablism with modern DJ tools.

The files he used in the demo are available for free on his website. He has also included a detailed breakdown of how he did it.

Watch the two-minute video above.

Related: Watch DJ Manwell, Stro Elliot and 14KT Perform With Serato DJ and Ableton Link

See What’s Inside Ableton’s Push Controller

What's Inside?

The popular YouTube channel What’s Inside? has taken apart an Ableton Push controller to show its inner workings. The device, which includes 64 pads, can be used for both performances and production. Amazingly, the Push still works after being stripped down to its core. Watch the video above. (Skip to the 2:44 mark)

Related: Watch DJ Manwell, Stro Elliot and 14KT Perform With Serato DJ and Ableton Link

Watch DJ Manwell, Stro Elliot and 14KT Perform With Serato DJ and Ableton Link

Serato DJ

At the end of 2016, Serato set out to find three artists to demonstrate Ableton’s Link feature with Serato DJ. DJ Manwell and hip-hop producers Stro Elliot and 14KT answered the call and put together an impressive routine, which is now available to watch.

Ableton Link is a wireless technology that keeps devices in time over a local network, so artists can “forget the hassle of setting up and focus on playing music.” DJs, producers, and musicians can sync with each other via Link-enabled DVS software such as Serato DJ and Ableton Live and DAWs like Ableton Live, Maschine, and Reason.

To showcase the technology, Manwell used two Reloop turntables and the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 mixer, Stro used Ableton Push 2, and 14KT used the Roland DJ-808 controller. They were given three rules: They had to perform linked together, use their own music, and make a tempo change in their set. The end result was a freestyle jam session over a hip-hop beat.

Watch the trio’s performance above and learn more about Ableton Link here.

Related: First Look: Serato DJ 1.9.6 Public Beta

First Look: Serato DJ 1.9.3 Public Beta

Serato DJ 1.9.3 Public Beta

DJcityTV’s Mojaxx has provided a first look at the public beta of Serato DJ 1.9.3, which was released on Wednesday. The update introduces support for Ableton Link, a technology that enables DJs to sync Serato DJ with Ableton Live and other Serato DJ setups over a local network. The beta also includes updates to the Serato DJ Sample Player and MIDI mapping, along with various bug fixes.

Related: Serato and Roland Announce New DJ-808 Controller

How to Make Acapella Edits for Your DJ Sets Using Ableton Live

Turntable Techniques

The first two episodes of DJcityTV and Beat Refinery‘s Turntable Techniques series focused on using acapella-in and acapella-out edits in your DJ sets. Now, DJcityTV and Beat Refinery have returned with a tutorial that explains how to make the edits using Ableton Live. Watch above to see Trayze, a Red Bull Thre3style USA Finalist, take you through the process.

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Watch Deadmau5 Give a Tour of His New Studio

deadmau5 in his new home studio. (Billboard)
Deadmau5 recently gave Razer Music a walkthrough of his impressive new studio. The Canadian producer showed off the various components of the workspace, including his extensive collection of synths.
In addition to the tour, mau5 and engineer Steve Duda broke down his electro house track, “Imaginary Friends,” which was produced with Ableton Live 9. The two discussed the song’s structure, melodies, and drum patterns, along with mau5’s overall creative process.
Watch the videos below.


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