Ableton Live

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Version 8.3 | Release Date: 2012-04-18 | Download

8.3 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes:

  • A new "Upload to SoundCloud" option is available in the Export Audio/Video dialog. When enabled, Live will open an upload client after the file has been rendered to disk, so you can upload the rendered file directly to your SoundCloud account.
  • Added automatic software updating. When enabled, Live will automatically download and install software updates in the background. Users who update to Live 8.3 from an older Live version will see a dialog box when launching Live 8.3 for the first time, where Automatic Updates can be enabled or disabled. You can always change the settings in Live’s "Licenses/Maintenance" Preferences. More detailed information about Automatic Updates is available in our Knowledge Base.
  • Changed the naming of the Live application. The application is now called "Ableton Live 8" and does not include a specific revision number. The revision number can still be found in the About screen in the Help menu.
  • The Windows installer has been updated to a newer version.
  • The default installation path of the Live application has changed on Windows. More information can be found in our Knowledge Base.
  • Added usage data collection. When enabled, Live will send data about your Live installation and usage to This data will be used to help our developers identify bugs and improve the software. Usage data collection is optional and can be enabled/disabled in the "Licenses/Maintenance" Preferences. More information can be found in our Knowledge Base. 
  • Added control surface support for Akai MPK Mini.


  • Fixed a crash that could occur when modulating a parameter in the Corpus device with Max for Live.
  • Fixed crashes and audio dropouts that could occur when hot-swapping through AAS instruments. 
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when undoing the deletion of the last warp marker in an audio clip.
Version 8.2.7 | Release Date: 2011-12-20 | Download
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Version 8.2.1 | Release Date: 2010-10-13 | Download

Improvements and feature changes

  • Improvements to Amp presets including better folder organization, additional guitar and bass amp presets and various other changes.
  • Improvements to sound quality in Drum Machines.
  • Performance optimizations on many Rack presets.
  • Many delay devices now use the "Fade" Delay Transition mode, to avoid clicks.
  • All Latin Percussion sounds are additionally available as chromatically tuned Simpler presets.


  • Amp is now available in the trial version of Ableton Suite.
  • Removed duplicate Amp presets.
  • Fixed Hot-Swap behavior for a number of Session Drums and Drum Machines presets.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the use of soundcards with only one input on OS X.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when using a ReWire slave such as Reason and manipulating devices in the slave that were referred to by clips in Live.

8.2 Release Notes

Improvements and feature changes

  • Support for The Bridge, our collaborative project with Serato. The Bridge is free for users of Live/Suite 8. More info about The Bridge
  • Amp, an audio effect that models guitar amps and cabinets. Amp is free for Suite users. More info about Amp
  • Some changes were made to the Help Pages regarding how to report a crash and how to contact support. When restarting Live after a crash, Live produces a file named "Ableton Crash Report... .alp", whereas choosing "Get Support.." in Live's Help menu produces a file named "Ableton Status Report... .alp".


  • Improved compatibility for Antares Harmony VST. Now the plugin works in Stereo mode only when inserted in a track, while previously its 5 channels were active in such a case.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Live from deleting temporary Projects.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur with a combination of control surface selected in the Preferences, Ableton devices moved from track to track, and then tracks moved to different positions.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after undoing the move of a track containing a clip into a group track, which occurred with a specific state of the Live Set.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when entering mapping mode while a Max for Live device was in the clipboard.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred after triggering a 'stop slot' and recording outside the punch region.
  • Fixed a crash happening after pressing Del (return to default) after editing the volume of at least two Rack chains at once.
  • Fixed a crash that would happen while Live is slaved, and opening a Live Set containing a MIDI clip ready to Overdub, which would try to be triggered when loading the Set, before the undo history is ready.
  • Fixed a bug that would create corrupt documents if the user uses 'Save a Copy' but overwrites the original Live Set, then tries to restore that Set after a crash. Now, overwriting the current Set using 'Save a Copy' does the same thing as 'Save'.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred while remotely changing scenes while editing some clip property.
  • Core Audio driver is now listening for external sample rate changes, on the Mac.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur after undoing the pasting of an Instrument into an empty MIDI track. The crash could happen in other ways too, but that's the easiest to describe.
  • In some cases Live could crash when loading a document that overcomes limitation (like a Live set containing Operator on a computer where Operator is not unlocked).
  • Fixed a crash caused by a rounding error, causing some memory corruption
  • It was previously not possible to map a track group slot when the group track was unfolded, because the selection spreads over the whole local scene. Now the selection changes upon entering map mode, or when existing it, allowing to map the slot, and restoring the correct selection when done.
  • Fixed a crash that happened when moving a Max for Live device containing a "getpath" object to another track.
  • Live could hang changing clip parameters while jumping in the song while recording.
  • On some systems, Live is able to create Live packs that exceed 2 Gb, but could not read them. This is fixed by upgrading our packing Libraries.
  • Fixed a crash that happened in rare cases (revealed by using The Bridge, but it is not directly related to it) when trying to insert a first warp marker in an audio recording.
  • Fixed a crash happening when some MIDI targets where not available anymore but called. For example, it happened when having 2 MIDI clip selected in Session view, in a track containing at least a device, and then flattening the track.
  • Fixed a crash happening when rebuilding the set from the Undo history, related to 3rd devices.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when trying to open a certain kind of corrupt document
  • Disabled editing the value of a VST plug-in parameter via the computer keyboard (only in the Ableton view of the plugin, not in the plugin's own interface). The VST specification doesn't allow Live to set the value correctly.
  • Fixed a crash that happened on a Mac whenever the number of channels for the opened audio interface would change. For example, changing the sample rate for some devices would implicitly change the number of inputs and/or outputs.
  • Fixed the drawing of notes while recording a MIDI clip in the Arrangement view.
  • Fixed many issues that caused memory corruption when using Complex Pro. A bug that made 192Khz files sound distorted when stretched with Complex Pro has also been corrected.
  • Fixed the display of looped MIDI clips in the Arrangement, which was a regression due to a fix that made MIDI notes draw correctly while recording (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=149012)
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when uninstalling a Live Pack and making the Library unavailable, by unplugging the external drive it is on, for example.
  • Fixed a crash that happened when using "dead keys" in message boxes, like pressing "z" when the "Do you want to save this Live set" dialog box was displayed.
  • Fixed a crash which was triggered by moving a fader or knob on a MIDI controller while in MIDI learn mode, and quitting Live at the same time.
  • Fixed a crash happening when having an incoming MIDI mapped message that would reach Live while loading a document. This had to do with the Undo history not yet being created, while the incoming message needed to access it.
  • Fixed Japanese text input. It was not possible to rename tracks with Japanese characters, for example.
Version 8.1.3 | Release Date: 2010-04-22 | Download

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Version 8.1.5 | Release Date: 2010-04-20 | Download


- Unwarped clips could be placed incorrectly after opening a Live Set, if the Set was saved after changing the global tempo without first confirming the change with the Enter key or by clicking somewhere else in the interface.

- Fixed a visual bug that made MIDI clips entirely black while recording, but before the first note was input.

- Fixed a crash when observing 'has_stop_button' of a Group Track Slot via M4L GroupTrackSlot.

- Fixed a crash that occurred when loading a Group preset containing an AU plug-in that is missing.

- Fixed a crash that could occur with clips warped in Beats mode, Transients and back-and-forth envelope settings, when the loop extends outside the sample data.

- Fixed a bug where typing a tempo in the BPM field of a warped clip would give a slightly wrong number (i.e. you type "100" and "100.0001" gets entered," which led to some neutrality problems.

- 3rd party plug-in windows now always get the focus when clicked.

- Blocked certain keys when a 3rd party plug-in window has the focus, such as the "Delete" and "Backspace" keys, which fixes the bug that would delete a plug-in or a track when pressing Delete/Backspace while editing a 3rd party plug-in in its own GUI.

- Fixed a bug that would make a group slot lose its MIDI/Key mapping when moving the corresponding scene (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=140895)

- Fixed a bug that prevented adding or removing the stop button of a group track slot while the group track is folded (viewtopic.php?f=25&t=140895)

- Fixed a visual bug where a green overlay could be left orphaned in a 3rd party Ableton GUI

- The Min or Max parameters in the mapping Browser, for mapped 3rd party plug-in parameters, could lose the focus as soon as they were touched. This made it impossible to edit them via the computer keyboard arrow keys.

- The Ableton GUI of an AU plug-in would be empty after loading a native AU preset, for plug-ins having fewer than 32 parameters. In such a case, the GUI should be automatically populated.

- Fixed a bug that prevented removing a parameter from the Ableton GUI of a 3rd party plu-gin while Configure mode is ON, if it was Macro-mapped.

- Dragging a first warped clip in a non-empty Arrangement would sometimes set the tempo of the Live Set. The correct condition is that this should only happen if the Arrangement contains no clip at all.

- It was not possible to click inside a multi-selection while in Key or MIDI map mode in order to change the selection and select only one of its constituents. This is now fixed.

- Fixed another key handling problem for some plug-ins using a Cocoa view.

- Fixed a bug where MIDI notes could hang if an AU plug-in was deactivated and then reactivated.

- If the last note within the Loop brace, in a MIDI clip, overlapped the Loop end, selecting the loop brace and choosing "Duplicate" would duplicate the looped material's offset. Now duplication correctly duplicates the Loop length, at the correct position.

- When an External Instrument was routed to a multi-timbral MIDI instrument, and that instrument or the containing track was moved, the routing would be reset to the default output. Now routings are correctly remembered.

- Improved audio streaming performance for specific Live Sets with many audio files.

- Corrected a bug that would make computer keyboard selection behave incorrectly after selecting a clip via remote control.

- Fixed crash when mouse was pressed in the detail view before sample analysis finished.

- Fixed crash when dragging MIDI from XLN's Addictive Drums.

- Fixed a crash that occurred when zooming into a large waveform with an extreme zoom factor.

- Fixed a bug that made Collision silent after deleting it and undoing.

- Various other stability improvements

Version 8.0.4 | Release Date: 2009-06-17 | Download

[i][b]Changes from Live 8.0.3 to Live 8.0.4[/b][/i]


Updated manual

Improved handling of the library database. Requires a full rescan of the library which can take a while.

Better GUI performance when recording many automation parameters

The APC40 script remembers the last set bank for each device and restores that setting when the corresponding device is selecting again.

On Mac OS X, if the custom dialog of a plug-in would not process incoming keys Live will handle them. Depending on the plug-in, this should provide a similar work flow as in Live 7

Several improvements for the Share functionality

On Windows, support for up to 256 audio channels when using ASIO


Unquantized scrubbing would not work properly in MIDI clips

On Mac OS X, the DUY Tape AU plug-in would crash on instantiation [5429]

When the Looper is set to a fixed length recording and the song is running, the recording length of the Looper might be miscalculated

Under certain conditions, moving a MIDI clip in arrangement could crash Live [5543]

Protocol recording of audio clips in ReWire slave mode would lead to silent arranger clips [5541]

Dragging a multi selection of audio files into Live would not work properly, when the multi selection would contain .asd files too [5485]

The 'Select All' context menu command would be available by accident for an entry in the device browser [5496]

On Windows, moving Library could transform .AbletonPresetInfo files into _AbletonPresetInfo files [5506]

Jumping to different bars using the song position field, with the arrow keys, doesn't work properly [5490]

Setting a tempo via scene launch would not work properly if there's a loop in the Arranger [5535]

Exporting or consolidating audio would create a fade in in the resulting audio file [5540]

After Grouping, ungrouping or re-grouping of tracks, the APC40 would not work properly anymore

Doing undo via keyboard shortcut while a modal dialog is opened could crash Live [5561]

With the APC40, stopping clips via the clip-stop buttons would not work properly

Switching device banks would not work properly when using the 'microKontrol' as Control Surface [5568]

On Mac OS X, having a plug-in opening a modal dialog and switching then to another application would crash Live [5583]

MIDI loop recording in Arranger would not work properly after the first loop iteration [5203]

Using follow actions on clips in Legato mode could crash Live [5580]

On Windows, editing the info text for an arrangement locator would not work properly [5574]

On Mac OS X, slow mouse wheel changes would not work properly [5552]

On Mac OS X, drag'n drop operation with certain key modifiers could lead to an 'unstoppable' drag'n drop operation [5564]

Restoring from the undo history after a crash could lead to another crash

In several surface controller scripts, the arm buttons would not select tracks anymore [5594]

Version 7.0.16 | Release Date: 2009-05-01 | Download
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Version 8.3 | Release Date: 2009-01-01 | Download
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Version 7.0.10 | Release Date: 2008-09-06 | Download
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Version 7.0.9 | Release Date: 2008-07-24 | Download
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Version 7.0.7 | Release Date: 2008-05-23 | Download
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Version 6.0.10 | Release Date: 2007-09-15 | Download
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Version 6.0.9 | Release Date: 2007-08-20 | Download

Many bug fixes.

Version 6.0.7 | Release Date: 2007-06-16 | Download
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Version 6.0.3 | Release Date: 2006-07-14 | Download
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Version 5.2 | Release Date: 2006-07-10 | Download
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