Ableton’s Live 11 Lite is here, and it’s free for Live Lite users

Ableton has released Live 11 Lite today, and it’s available for free to all Live Lite owners. The upgrade offers an array of new features and updates to to the DAW to round out quite the capabilities it offers for music producers.

Some of the key features included in the upgrade:

  • Support for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) hardware, so you can now add bends, slides, and pressure to particular notes within a chord as you’d like, as well as add subtle expression variations and morph between chords
  • An MPE Control device that allows you to edit the pitch, slide, and pressure envelopes of each note
  • New audio effects, including the Phaser-Flanger, Limiter, and Saturator
  • Ability to add up to 16 scenes in Session View
  • Expression Control, a new device that gives you the ability to control how MIDI parameters like velocity, modwheel, pitch bend, aftertouch, and keytrack respond in the DAW
  • Tempo Following – Live is now able to adjust its tempo based on incoming audio from another musician, or other gear like drum machines, in real time

Along with the new features comes a handful of updates to the current program as well:

  • An expanded Core Library with new sounds, drum kits, Racks, Grooves, loops and MIDI clips
  • Racks can now have up to 16 Macros, whose states can be randomized
  • Follow Actions can now be linked to clip length, be enabled/disabled globally, and be set to jump to specific clips; Scene Follow Actions also now allow you to evolve arrangements
  • Updates to Redux and Chorus-Ensemble devices

Worth noting: Ableton Live 11 Lite isn’t available for standalone purchase, but it’s included in a variety of hardware products for free.

Learn more about Ableton Live 11 Lite & download it from the Ableton website here.

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