Ableton Live 11.1 Brings Native Apple Silicon support, Arrangement View improvements and more

The update comes to Live 11 users after a spell in public beta phase

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License owners of Ableton Live 11 can now download Live 11.1 for free. The update adds native support for Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip and brings several improvements to workflow and functionality.

Live 11.1 brings improvements to the Arrangement View (complete with better use of the arrow keys), Clip handling and comping, Capture MIDI, a variety of bug fixes and more. There’s an updated Shifter device, which adds a new mode for real-time monophonic pitch shifting as well as delay, envelope section, LFO and glide functionality; and improvements to the Cytomic Fiters used in the Wavetable, Echo, Simpler, Sampler, Operator, and Auto Filter devices. In addition, REX files (.rx2 and .rcy) are now supported on Apple silicon machines.

The update also offers two new Max for Live utilities: Align Delay and Shaper MIDI. Align Delay allows users to compensate for lag when sending signals throughout their system, delaying incoming signals by samples, milliseconds, feet or meters; while Shaper MIDI generates modulation data built around envelopes for more expressive MIDI performances.

The multi-purpose Shifter is an effect for pitch shifting, frequency shifting and ring modulation, all within one Device. An incoming signal can be tuned with Coarse or Fine parameters and further tweaked with a Tone filter and Window parameter. It also offers delay, LFO, and envelope follower sections for additional modulation, and can be set to have pitch or frequency respond to incoming MIDI notes, meaning it’s all but playable like an instrument.

As we mentioned in our review of Ableton Live 11, Live’s strength with audio and MIDI signal layering has always been its Rack system. Here, new Instrument Racks, Drum Racks and Effect Racks are added to the Core Library, while Amp Simulation Effect Racks have also been refined.

More details can be found at ableton.com