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Ableton Live goes from strength to strength with each update. Martin Delaney explores the brand new and updated devices and instruments in Ableton Live 10…



N ow that Ableton Live 10 is finally out, let’s jump in and explore the new and updated devices in this latest version of the software. In the walkthrough, I’ve focused on the Wavetable synth, which is an obvious one to talk about, being such a fully-featured instrument. Wavetable synths have a quite unique sound, so it’s a handy addition alongside the virtual analogue experience of, er, Analog, and the FM-based creative monster that is Operator. If you preview any single individual sound from Wavetable you could be underwhelmed, but as soon as you begin to use the Modulation Matrix, and manipulate the Osc positions, it becomes incredibly lively and organic. I’d encourage you to dig in and explore this instrument – go through the presets, understand what the controls do, how the Matrix works, and to build your own sounds. If you’re using a MIDI keyboard, or Push, velocity is a great way to let your playing dynamics affect the sound in real-time. The two filters, combined with the Matrix, are critical – they can be run in series, parallel, or split – one per oscillator.

Wavetable is the only new instrument in Live 10, but there are other new devices. Echo is Live’s third delay effect, but one that’s intentionally more ‘characterful/ coloured/dirty’ than the others, aimed primarily at recreating tape delay type sounds, with all the sonic imperfections that are part of that. It has the distinctive ‘echo tunnel’ graphic (representing left/right delay times and feedback), a filter, and an LFO. There’s also a built-in reverb, but the most fun stuff resides in the Character tab, with the Gate, Ducking, Noise and Wobble controls. Gate basically determines

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