Ableton has announced the release of a new public beta version of its music production for Windows and Mac. Version 11.3 adds an all-new MPE-capable synthesizer to all editions of Live, including Live Lite.

Drift is a characterful device capable of a wide variety of sounds from every era of modern music.

Its minimal layout and interactive controls make adjusting the sound easy for musicians new to synthesis, while the sounds it can produce will give even experienced sound designers a broader 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 at any setting, quickly and easily.
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The free update also adds MPE capability to Analog, Collision, Electric and Tension, giving you more options when you want to add more 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.

Live 11 users can now join the Beta program to get the update. More details on version 11.3 are available in the release notes.