Ableton has announced the public beta release of Live 11.3, this adds a new MPE-capable synth – Drift and expanded MPE support for other instruments and features. Drift is available for all editions of Live – including Live Lite. Users also get more expressive control and instruments and effects updated for use with MIDI Polyphonic Expression, or MPE.
Drift is a characterful MPE-capable device capable of a wide variety of sounds from every era of modern music. It’s the minimal layout and interactive controls make adjusting the sound easy for musicians new to synthesis, while still giving even experienced sound designers a broad sonic palette. Inspired by classic hardware but borrowing heavily from modern synths and Eurorack modules, Drift has been carefully tuned by ear to deliver great sound in any setting, quickly and easily.
This free update to Live 11 also adds MPE capability to Analog, Collision, Electric and Tension, providing more options to add expressive control to your music. Many features in Live 11 have now been updated to support MPE:
- The MPE Control device now has added functionality, an updated UI and reduced CPU load.
- Note Echo now supports MPE with feedback controls for each dimension. This offers a creative way for MPE modulation to change over time.
- An updated Core Library with expressive content is available in 11.3.1.
Live 11.3 is now in public beta. If you own a Live 11 license, you can test Live 11.3
Users can join the beta program to access Live 11.3 now. Ableton advises users to back up their work before installing the beta version!
Once the beta testing period is over, Live 11.3 will be free for all owners of a Live 11 license.