Ableton has announced Live 10.1, the first full point release update to its Live 10 DAW. This is currently in beta and will be free for existing users.
There are some significant upgrades in here, starting with the option to import your own wavetables or any sample into the Wavetable synth’s oscillator section. There are new Channel EQ and Delay devices, the former being a simple EQ and the latter combining Simple Delay and Ping Pong Delay along with various feature upgrades.
Live 10.1 gets new automation options, too. You get a palette of automation shapes to choose from, the ability to stretch and skew automation and enter values with your numerical keypad, and easier access to clip modulation in the Session View. Live 10.1 will also be able to detect curved movements inside automation and merge multiple breakpoints into C- and S-shapes.
Navigating your projects should be easier thanks to improved zooming and scrolling functionality. This includes streamlined keyboard shortcuts, pinch zooming on compatible computers, a resizable Arrangement Overview window, and more. Elsewhere, enhancements include the options to freeze tracks that contain sidechain routing and to export single tracks and groups with return and master effects applied.
Finally - but notably - Live 10.1 will support VST 3 plugins. This should please Steinberg, which is looking to phase out the VST 2 standard.
If you’re interested in becoming a Live 10.1 beta tester, you can find out more on the Ableton website.