Ableton has just released Creative Extensions, a suite of eight new Ableton devices bringing fresh possibilities for sound design in Ableton Live 10. They include a melodic step sequencer, two new synths, and effects like gated delay, a multiband enveloper, and a color limiter.
Here is how Ableton describes each of the new devices:
Melodic Steps – a fast and intuitive MIDI sequencer for evolving melodies with an interface designed to encourage experimentation and new discoveries through play.
Bass – a monophonic virtual analog synthesizer for bass sounds from classically deep and clean to heavily distorted, rumbling tones. Now with four individually tunable oscillators.
Poli – a virtual analog synth designed for classic polyphonic chords and phrases. Its vintage character comes from de-tunable oscillators, a powerful modulation section, built-in chorus and more.
Pitch Hack – a single delay line with transposition control, as well as the ability to reverse audio, randomize the transposition interval and fold the delayed signal back into itself.
Gated Delay – a delay with a gate sequencer that sends the incoming signal to a delay line on activated steps. Much like a send effect that is turned on and off in a defined rhythm.
Color Limiter – another flavor of limiting inspired by the gritty sounds achievable with hardware limiters. The Saturation and Color parameters are the key to its characterful sound.
Re-Enveloper – a multiband envelope processor that divides the signal into three adjustable frequency bands. Attack and Release knobs control the responsiveness of the effect.
Spectral Blur – creates sounds and textures best described as reverb-like. A user-defined frequency range of a signal is blurred to create a dense cloud of sound.
Now that Ableton’s become one of the preeminent DAWs within modern audio production, updates to its functionality have a ripple effect throughout the industry that’s really cool to witness, as musicians and producers get access to new tools and start playing with them.
We haven’t had a chance to test these out in our copy of Ableton yet, but from the demo, we can tell immediately that Creative Extensions is one of those impactful updates that will resonate for a while to come, and can’t wait to get to using them. Creative Extensions are included free for new or existing Live 10 Suite users, who can grab them now in the Live 10 browser.