Ableton Live 11.1: native support for Apple Silicon, new Max for Live tools

Ableton Live Creation Spaces in Berlin, Germany, on 1st September 2020 by Zoe Noble Photography.

The latest update to Ableton Live launched today, version 11.1 – a free download for Ableton users that, most importantly, adds native support for Apple computers that run on the M1 Silicon chip.

If you’re working off one of the M1 Macs that were released in 2020 or 2021 (you can see a full list of Mac computers with the M1 chip here), this may mean a solution to that software headache you’ve been dealing with. You’ll now be able to run Ableton Live without needing to use Rosetta.

Live 11.1 also comes with a handful of improvements and additions, including two new Max for Live utilities:

  • Shaper MIDI – a Max for Live device that generates mappable modulation data by using multi-breakpoint envelopes, which opens up for more creative expression to MIDI performances
  • Align Delay – a Max for Live device gives artists room to compensate for signal lagging, with the ability to delay incoming signals by samples, milliseconds, or meters/feet
  • Shifter – the audio effect device now has a new mode for real-time monophonic pitch shifting, plus an envelop section, delay, an LFO, and glide functionality
  • Improvements to both the Arrangement and Session views, new responsive options in Clip View, bug fixes, and updates to comping

You can check out the full release notes on Ableton’s website.

Heads up – there is no automatic software update for 11.1. You’ll need to manually update by heading to the Ableton website and installing it; you can learn more on that here.

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