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Live 10 is here. Will it make new converts? Will it entice existing users to pay for the upgrade? Good questions – and Martin Delaney has the answers…

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A bleton Live 10 is here, which has, of course, triggered the usual combination of celebrations and rioting in the streets. It’s five years since Live 9 popped out, but it’s not like the Berliners have been slacking since then; what with Push 2 and Live 9 itself receiving a number of point updates and free feature add-ons along the way. Live 10 includes a new synthesiser instrument, new and updated audio effects, deeper Push integration and a pile of small workflow improvements. We reviewed the Live 10 beta a little while ago, and I suggest that you should go back and read that one as well, because now we’re moving on to talk about Live 10 in a longer-term use situation. Before going any further, don’t forget the Live 10 demo is available now – so check the system requirements on these pages to see if your computer is up to it. They’ve cut off anything below Mac OS X 10.11.6 and Windows 7 – and Live 10 is 64-bit only.

A thorough interface refresh means that 10 maintains Live’s status as the cleanest-looking DAW around. What were previously ‘Skins’ are rebranded as ‘Themes’ and they mostly embrace the dark side, which is cool because Live 9’s disco skin has been so popular (it works particularly well for stage use). There are too many little changes to list here, but for example, you’ll notice that buttons highlight when you mouse over them and you can mouse near the edges of an audio clip in Arrangement view to access the clip fade in/out handles – they don’t need to be enabled separately any more; tap ’S’ to instantly fold all Arrangement tracks; drag within audio clips to reposition the audio; the Chase MIDI Notes option means long notes such as you might use for a pad will resume correctly, so you don’t have to go back to the start of a clip to trigger them.

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