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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Apr 2019 > NEW AND UPDATED DEVICES IN ABLETON LIVE


The Live 10.1 public beta is underway, and there won’t be further additions before the final release. There are new effect Devices, and one significant alteration to the Wavetable synth. Martin Delaney lays out the changes


If you read our review this issue, you’ll know that Ableton has released a public beta of Live 10.1. Who knows, by the time you read this, it might have had a final release. Probably not, though, as Ableton can be cautious.

10.1 introduces fixes as well as a few features and even some major changes with the Devices. The Wavetable synth, included with Live 10 Suite, now has the ability to load user-created waveforms. The previous Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay audio effects have been combined into a new single device – the functionally named Delay – and Channel EQ joins EQ Three and EQ Eight in the toolkit for all versions of 10.1.


That Wavetable update is big news for anybody who was frustrated by Ableton’s walled-garden approach to wavetables – you had to use theirs, and that was it – not good if you’re used to synths like Serum, where creating them is an integral part of the process. With this update, it’s a chance to spend time learning about wavetable synthesis, so let’s try a simple explanation.

Every synthesiser has at least one oscillator – the component that generates a waveform. This could be created through synthesis, or derived from an audio sample. A wavetable synth also uses oscillators, but each oscillator can contain a number of different waveforms at the same time.

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Aside from the art of writing a melody, crafting the perfect lyric and finding the most suitable chords for your music, beatmaking (or sculpting the rhythmic elements of your track) is perhaps the most important stage to get right, particularly if you work in the EDM arena. It’s often, however, something that can start to feel quite ‘samey’ and characterless for some, as those musical elements tend to take priority. In our cover feature this month, Martin Delaney explores a variety of routes to making your own distinctive beats in unique ways. Follow his do-it-yourself guide and before long, your tracks will have extra oomph and rise above the din to sound unlike anybody else. Also this issue, we speak to the fascinating Cleaning Women, a Finnish band who adopt a similar DIY approach to beat and music-making. They have built their own instruments out of former household appliances and have performed with them for over 20 years. Elsewhere, we catch up with Alexander Archer, a young producer who is currently working with some of the industry's hottest names as he engineers recordings for Vevo UK. On the review front this month, we dive deep into Native Instruments’ veritable ocean of delights, Komplete 12, as well as Ableton's latest hefty point update to Live.