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ABLETON Live 10 Beta

Live 10 has been announced! Martin Delaney’s been living with the beta for a while and in this preliminary review, we discover how it’s shaping up…


I t’s over five years since Ableton released Live 9, which is a long time in DAW-land. Of course, that’s not the whole story – since then, we’ve enjoyed a stream of ongoing free updates and new features; Live 9.7 is quite a different beast from Live 9.0. You could also factor Push 2 into that timeline… oh yes, and Ableton Link, too. So no, it’s not like they’ve been twiddling their thumbs in Berlin. But sooner or later, the big updates have to come, and Live 10 is on the way. It’s not available as a final release as I’m writing this, so bear in mind that anything described here can change, and we’ll be doing a full final review when the official release happens, probably after a long-ish public beta phase – but there’s no way we’re going to wait until then before taking a look!

Live 10 will be available in three versions, as before – Intro, Standard, and Suite. I’ve been running the beta since late August, so I’ve had time to get familiar with it (keeping it quiet has been absolute torture), and I guess what you want to know is, is it worth the wait and worth the upgrade?

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Mac: OS X 10.11.6, Intel Core 2 Duo processor

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