Ableton Live 12 v12.0.5 Windows

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Ableton Live 12 Suite 12.0.5 Windows

Ableton Live 12 stands out as a rapid, dynamic, and versatile software music sequencer and digital audio workstation, catering to both music creation and live performances. Packed with effects, instruments, diverse sounds, and an array of creative features, it provides all the tools necessary for crafting music across genres.

Compose within the confines of a traditional linear arrangement or break free from the limitations of a timeline in Live’s Session View. Effortlessly transition between musical elements, explore ideas seamlessly without interrupting the flow of your music.

Ableton Live 12 Suite Includes:

20 instruments, including Meld, Granulator III, Wavetable, Simpler and more

4 effects for processing Audio and MIDI, including Roar, Hybrid Reverb, Spectral Resonator, PitchLoop89, the new Performance Pack and many more

4 MIDI Tools including Generators for sparking instant ideas and Transformations for reshaping your MIDI patterns in new ways

Max for Live to give you even more instruments, effects and MIDI Tools from the Live community, and to let you customize Live yourself

Instant mappings so you can use Live with your keyboards or controller

12.0.5 Release Notes:

New Features and Improvements


Accessibility: Mixed state of a control is now exposed to screen readers as “Mixed Value”. For example, in a multiple clip selection, where loop is on in some clips and off in others, the state of the Loop switch in the Clip View will be announced as “Mixed Value”.

Accessibility: Screen reader announcements in the MIDI Note Editor now use a description of the time selection which is made specifically for screen readers, instead of using the generic description from the Status Bar. Additionally, times can be announced in seconds by enabling the “Speak Time in Seconds” option in the Accessibility menu, otherwise they will be announced in bars.

Accessibility: The Step Input Mode of the MIDI Note Editor now includes announcements for screen readers.

Accessibility: When the new option “Speak Time in Seconds” in the Accessibility submenu of the Options menu is enabled, time announcements in the Arrangement View timeline will be announced in milliseconds formatted as: hh:mm:ss:ms.

Accessibility: When arming tracks is disabled, the reason why will now be announced by screen readers. When any other menu command is disabled, screen readers will announce the command and “command not enabled”.

Accessibility: Added a new “Speak Extended MIDI Note Description” command to the Accessibility submenu within the Options menu. By default the command is enabled, but if deactivated, parameter names (e.g., “Duration”, “Velocity”, “Probability”) are omitted in the screen reader announcements, as well as any probability values that are set to 100%.

Accessibility: When downloading Packs, the download status is now announced by screen readers.

Accessibility: Added basic keyboard navigation support and screen reader announcements for tabs in Live devices and Clip View.

Accessibility: Error messages displayed in the Status Bar are now announced by screen readers.

Accessibility: In the Stacks MIDI Tool, changes made on selected chord pads are now announced by screen readers.

Accessibility: The MIDI Note Editor now uses “MIDI Note Editor” as a role description for screen readers and is named based on the current clip and time selection.

Accessibility: Added some small improvements for keyboard navigation and screen reader announcements for a number of Live devices.

Accessibility – Added some improvements for MIDI Note selection announcements:

When selecting a MIDI Note with the keyboard while a note is already selected, the word “Select” will be omitted from the announcement.

When the note selection is expanded using the keyboard to include another note, there will be a unique “Add Note” announcement describing only the additional note.

Collapsing the note selection using the [Esc] or [Enter] key is announced as “All notes deselected”.

Accessibility: The Chord Selector Pads in the Stacks MIDI Tool now have unique labels for screen reader announcements.

Accessibility: Status indicators in the Modes and Monitoring control groupings are now accessible to keyboard and screen reader users. Activating them with the Enter key or pressing them via screen reader will cause Live to announce the time in seconds since the last message which caused the LED to flash.

Arrangement View

In Arrangement View, when the mixer is not focused, the [CTRL][ALT][I] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][I] (Mac) keyboard shortcut will toggle the visibility of the In/Out section, while the [CTRL][ALT][R] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][R] (Mac) keyboard shortcut will toggle the visibility of the return tracks.

The volume section of the mixer in the Arrangement View can now be resized by dragging its top border, like in the Session View.

Scrollable automation lanes in the Arrangement View will now only respond to mousewheel if their lane is highlighted.


In the Plug-Ins label of the browser, VST2 plug-ins are no longer displayed with an expandable folder icon.

In the browser, Creator tags for VST2 plug-ins are now automatically assigned.

It is now possible to group plug-ins into a folder based on the Creator tag in the Plug-Ins label of the browser. To do so, right-click on a plug-in and select “Group by Vendor.” If a plug-in does not have an assigned Creator tag, it will be displayed in a flat list below any grouped plug-ins.

The browser’s Plug-Ins label will now by default show plug-ins grouped by their Creator.

When deleting a tag, the confirmation dialog will now include a note informing the user that the tag is used in one or more custom labels.

In the browser, the context menu option “Show in Places” is now accessible when filtering or using Similarity Search inside Places and the Packs label.

Users can now reorder labels in the browser’s Library section, except for the All label, which is fixed.

Added additional tags to content in various legacy Packs.

Updated the Core Library:

Added Demo Set presets by Chuck Sutton.

Added new and refined Meld presets (Note Pitch Bend and Mod Wheel mappings).

Added tags for Devices and FX Racks like “Mixing & Mastering”, “Vintage Emulation”, “Live Control”, “Performance & DJ”

Refined the Demo Set.

Clip View

When the Clip View is focused, the [ALT][+/-] keyboard shortcut can now be used to zoom in and out of the MIDI Note Editor.

Accessibility: Added screen reader support for audio clip markers in the Sample Editor, including warp markers, start and end markers, and loop start and end markers. Markers can be navigated with the [Tab] key and moved in time with left and right arrow keys.

Previously, undoing changes in MIDI Tools via the Undo command could be slow if the tool’s parameters had been significantly changed. Now, the undo action happens instantaneously.

It is now possible to drag up and down in the Strum Transformation’s display to adjust the value of the Tension parameter.

In the MIDI Note Editor, when key tracks are folded, any tracks that are left empty after applying Fit to Scale will now be automatically hidden.

In the Arpeggiate, Connect and Ornament MIDI Tools, the velocity and chance deviation values from the original notes are now applied to any new notes that are added from the note transformation.

The Arpeggiate, Ornament, Connect and Shape MIDI Tools now only generate notes in active key tracks when using Drum Racks.

When applying changes in the MIDI Note Editor with Arpeggiate, Connect, Stacks, or Ornament’s Grace Notes option with the key tracks in a folded state, the folded and unfolded key tracks will be updated dynamically in response to the changes in the MIDI Note Editor.

Holding [Shift] while pressing the Page Up or Page Down key will scroll the MIDI Note Editor vertically by one key track up or down.

In the Time Warp MIDI Tool, it is now possible to type values into the Breakpoint Time and Breakpoint Speed parameter fields using the keyboard.

The [CTRL][ALT][L] (Win) / [CMD][ALT][L] (Mac) keyboard shortcut can now be used to show and hide the Clip View and Device View.

The Add Interval Pitch Tool now works with key tracks when using Drum Racks.

When using the ×2 or /2 buttons or the Stretch dial in Clip View, the time selection (if any) will now be updated to stay in sync with the changes to note lengths.

It is now possible to type in values (for pitches you can type a note number, e.g., 60 instead of the note name e.g., C3, and using spaces for text input is also supported, e.g., “Hi Hat”) using the keyboard for the following MIDI Tool parameters when they are focused:

Seed – Min/Max Pitch or Key Track, Min/Max Duration

Shape – Min/Max Pitch

Rhythm – Pitch, Duration

Arpeggiate – Rate

Connect – Rate

Shape – Rate

Stacks – Root, Inversions

In the Velocity lane, the Ramp Start Value control is now editable when a single note is selected in the MIDI Note Editor. When multiple notes are selected that start at the same time, only the Ramp End Value control is deactivated.


The Velocity MIDI effect is now easier to navigate using the computer keyboard. When using the [Tab] key to move focus through the controls, tabbing will go through each parameter in a column from top to bottom, and when the end of a column is reached, tabbing will move between columns from left to right.

The Pitch control in the Pitch device is now less sensitive when adjusting it with the mouse.

The Shepard’s Pi oscillator type in Meld has been optimized to use fewer CPU resources.

It is now possible to access device header tabs when navigating with the computer keyboard.

In Meld, added an Info View description for modulation sources, which appears when the user is hovering over the column headers in the Modulation Matrix.

The parameter dials in the CC Control device no longer respond sluggishly to mouse movements.

Some improvements for the Meld device:

The scaling of the global volume control has been improved.

The mixer meters now show the summed volume of the engine.

Aliasing artifacts in Meld’s Noisy Shapes oscillator are now reduced.

In Meld, the default envelope attack time value is now 1.00 ms.

Additional software text descriptions have been added for Meld’s oscillator macro controls, filters, and filter type parameters.

In Drum Racks, it is now possible to spell note names as MIDI numbers in the MIDI Note Editor. These numbers are also indicated in the Status Bar’s description of the drum pads.

After dropping something onto a Drum Rack pad, that pad will become selected.


Added some improvements to context menu entries in the Live UI:

The text of the entries is used more consistently in the different places where they appear, respecting the singular/plural forms whenever possible.

The “Crop” command is now available in the loop brace’s context menu.

The “Crop” command can now be invoked in the Arrangement or Clip View with the [CTRL][Shift][J] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][J] (Mac) screenshot.

The Info View description is now shown for more context menu items.

When using any of the keyboard shortcuts for Similar Sample Swapping, the corresponding Swap to Next/Previous Sample buttons will flash to indicate the swap is being performed.

Made some improvements to Live’s UI:

The width of the Main track in the Session View can now be increased to allow for longer scene names.

The text editor for cue points is now wider by default, to allow for longer cue names.

The mixer peak hold time was reduced from 10 seconds to 2 seconds.

Highlighting and selecting tracks when using Solo and Track Activator buttons now work in a consistent way:

A track is highlighted when it is soloed in the Session or Arrangement.This behavior can be stopped by using the debug option NoHighlightOnSolo.

In Drum Racks, the chain is now selected when its pad is soloed. This behavior can be stopped by using the debug option NoHighlightOnSolo.

In Drum, Instrument, and MIDI Effect Racks, a chain is only selected if the chain’s Solo or Track Activator buttons are turned on.

Live’s Preferences menu has been renamed to “Settings”.

If the Show Scroll Bars option in the Display & Input Settings is set to “When Scrolling”, the scrollbars are now also displayed after hovering over the scrollbar area for a fraction of a second.

The “Show Scroll Bars” option in the Display & Input Settings now includes a “Follow System” entry. When selected, the display behavior of scrollbars in Live will match whatever is specified in the OS system preferences.

When using the up and down arrow keys to adjust volume or level parameters in dB, values now change consistently in increments of 1 dB (or 0.1 dB when fine-tuning with the [Shift] modifier).

Updated software text in various areas of Live.

Updated the What’s New in Live Help View lesson.

Max for Live

Updated the bundled Max to version 8.6.2:

Max 8.6.1 Max for Live Improvements
amxd~: fixes issues related to setting a parameter with another parameter
live.* UI objects: improved unfocus behavior
live.remote~: normalization fallback for Live 11 and earlier
Max for Live: device window always opens on a display
Max for Live: modulator mappings are saved/restored
Parameter: clip modulation mode attribute defaults to ‘Additive’
selector~/gate~/etc: fixed issues when audio is off in the Max for Live editor
Windows multitouch: fixed touch / drag in Max for Live devices

Max 8.6.2 Max for Live Improvements
Dynamic Colors: loadtime performance improvements fixed crash when freeing (fixes VectorMap crash)
Live.routing: sends if the port has no DeviceIO objects
Max for Live Device: dependency files are extracted to the correct location
Max for Live Device: fixed issues with file reorganization
Max for Live: Updated LOM documentation to the state of Live 12.0.x.
SVG: loadtime improvements

Users will now be able to see a live.line object in the Max for Live MIDI Tool templates, which indicates the lower visual boundary of a Max for Live Generator or Transformation.

Users who create their own Max for Live Note Transformations or Generators can now access the scale name when working with MIDI Tools, using the scale_name key. When there is no active scale, the value of the scale_name key will default to “Chromatic”.

In the Max for Live API, added a new get/set/observe Song.scale_mode property that gives access to the Scale Mode toggle in Live.

The Max for Live window can now be opened from the View menu, even when there are no Max for Live devices in the Live Set. The associated keyboard shortcut is [CTRL][Shift][Alt][M] (Win) / [CMD][Shift][Alt][M] (Mac).

In Max for Live API, the Track class now has a gso property called back_to_arranger, which works similarly to Song.back_to_arranger but provides access to the Single Track Back To Arrangement feature.

Max for Live modulator devices now use less CPU power.

The following Looper properties are now available in the Max for Live API:













Session View

In an unfolded Session View Instrument Rack chain, dragging and dropping a device into the empty area below clip slots, will now only replace or insert the device in the chain where the new device is being dropped onto, rather than the parent chain.

Updated the behavior of the Scene Tempo and Scene Time Signature fields in the Main track:

Scene Tempo and Scene Time Signature fields in the main track are now visible by default.

The View menu Scene Tempo and Time Signature entry is now the main control for toggling visibility of the Scene Tempo and Scene Time Signature fields, with the state dictating whether extending the main track will re-display the fields.

The Scene Tempo and Time Signature command is now also available via the main track’s context menu.


Removed the restriction of eight hours of maximum recordable sample length. Live should now be able to record audio continuously for approximately 17 hours.

The audio test tone will now automatically stop when the Settings window is closed.

Made the following changes to the Windows installer for Live:

The installer now supports HiDPI.

Two nested installers are no longer shown and all user interaction is done in one installer interface.

The Start menu entry is now installed per machine, i.e., for all user profiles. Previously, the entry would only appear in the Start menu of the installing user’s profile, even though Live was installed for all users.

Added a Launch button on the success page of the installer, which allows to directly launch the installed version of Live.

Fixed an issue where the icon of the Start menu shortcut was a placeholder until rebooting.

Fixed a bug where when replacing an existing installation, the entry listing the previous installation would remain in Windows’s “Add/Remove Programs”.

Tuning Systems

The tuning system name displayed in the Tuning section of the browser and the Info View header no longer shows the “.ascl” or “.scl” extension. Note that Live Sets created in 12.0 that have a tuning system loaded will still display the tuning system name with the corresponding file extension until the tuning file is reloaded.

When a tuning system is loaded and the Bypass Tuning toggle is enabled on a MIDI track, the Track Tuning MIDI Controller Layout and Configuration options are now greyed out.

It is now possible to adjust the lowest and highest notes in a tuning system, allowing for a range of fewer than 128 notes. When setting the lowest note, the total number of notes is maintained, and the highest note is shifted to keep the range intact. Setting the highest note lets you decrease the range to less than 128 notes. If you attempt to increase the highest note beyond the current 128-note range, the lowest note will automatically adjust to maintain the maximum range of 128 notes.

If a custom controller layout becomes invalid due to switching to a tuning system with incompatible values, the invalid values will now be grayed out in the layout customization dialog.


Live Bugfixes

The Scale Mode toggle in the Control Bar now has an outlined focus frame when it is focused using keyboard navigation.

Fixed an issue that could cause Meld’s limiter to distort.

The Filter On/Off toggle in the Corpus effect no longer displays incorrect text.

Made the following minor adjustments to Roar’s UI:

Correct background colors are now used for the breakout view meters.

The filter types labels now use all capital letters.

In Session View, when hovering above the chain volume sliders in an expanded chain mixer, the cursor is changed to a double-arrow to indicate that the volume section can be resized by dragging up or down.

Accessibility: Improved screen reader announcements for note velocity.

The UI panel in the Tuning section now uses the correct color.

If the Show Scroll Bars preference is set to When Scrolling, scrollbars will now be shown when scrolling occurs while dragging and dropping content.

Accessibility: Fixed a bug where changing the label section in the browser using object navigation from a screen reader wouldn’t update the content list.

Fixed an issue in Roar where animated UI widgets such as the shaper curve or filter curve would flicker at large buffer sizes.

It is no longer possible to tag factory Packs via the Tags Editor.

Fixed an issue where, depending on the total number of samples, performing with Round Robin in the Other mode would seemingly skip a sample.

Fixed a bug where the expanded view was missing a focus outline even when it was the active view.

Fixed a couple of small issues in Meld:

The Engine A/B Volume parameter can now be mapped to macros as normal.

The Oscillator Type list now wraps around when using the Previous and Next buttons.

When entering the name of a non-existent tag while searching for tags with the # symbol, a warning message is now displayed informing the user that a tag of that name does not exist. If the user presses Return at this point the search input will not be saved as a tag but remain in the search field as a plain text.

When applying a note transformation via a MIDI Tool that produces no visible change (such as quantizing a note that is already on the grid), a step is now generated in the undo history.

When running a similarity search from within an existing search, the browser will now scroll back to the top of the list of results instead of remaining at the position of the previous search.

Fixed a bug that prevented audio tracks over 2 GB from being frozen or consolidated.

Accessibility: Fixed an incorrect accessible name on the audio editor timeline in Clip View. Also cleaned up excess speech when navigating the audio editor.

Fixed an issue where adding a tagged item to the User Library or Collections would not display the associated tag in those locations until Live was restarted.

Fixed a bug in the Arrangement View mixer where double-clicking on a device in the browser to load it onto a selected Rack chain would insert the device after the Rack itself instead of the selected chain.

Fixed some UI layout issues in Live’s Settings that caused some translated text to be cut off.

Fixed a bug in Plug-Ins Settings that caused Live to scan for plug-ins even after canceling the folder chooser that opens after enabling the “Use VST2 Plug-In Custom Folder” or “Use VST3 Plug-In Custom Folder” option.

Fixed a bug where built-in devices that were saved to the Collections label in Live 11 would be shown as unloadable folders when displayed in Live 12.

Fixed a crash that occurred after dropping a sample onto a selected Drum Rack Pad that already contained an instrument.

Fixed two small bugs in the Roar device:

Values for the Blend parameter can now be set and adjusted using arrow keys.

The Noise modulator no longer resets to 0 when the device is reactivated.

Fixed a crash that occurred when simultaneously selecting time or tracks in the Arrangement View while moving through tracks in the Arrangement mixer.

Fixed a bug where the oscillator transpose parameters on Push didn’t have an effect when Meld was following the clip scale.

Fixed an issue that prevented cropped or reversed samples from being swapped out when using the Swap to Next/Previous Similar Sample buttons in Simpler.

Accessibility: The status of playing clips in Session View (e.g., playing, triggered, stopped) is now available via screen reader announcements.

When using a second window, the Clip View’s height will no longer reset after selecting an empty clip.

Accessibility: Screen reader announcements for track names now include their status, e.g., armed, soloed or frozen.

Roar now uses the correct UI colors when it is a part of an inactive group.

The browser now displays the message “No results” or “No content” more reliably.

Reduced the gap between Preference Page Chooser rows.

The CC Control MIDI effect is now available in all Live editions.

Accessibility: Added the following fixes:

Fixed a bug that caused some sliders to be inaccessible.

Fixed an issue that caused some sliders to be excluded from the “Speak Min and Max Values for Sliders” accessibility option.

Fixed a bug which caused some hidden controls to take screen reader focus.

Missing separator lines in the Audio and Link, Tempo & MIDI Settings pages have been re-added.

In the Connect MIDI Tool, the correct Info View description is now shown for the Spread control when hovering over the space surrounding the control.

In the MIDI Note Editor, the time selection is now updated when inverting the note selection.

Accessibility: Fixed the following issues:

The controls in a device’s expanded view are now wrapped in a group.

Fixed a bug which caused some buttons to not have a name.

Fixed a bug where resizing the Arrangement mixer in a second window while the Clip and Device Views were expanded caused the second window to briefly and erratically change in height.

When quantizing note ends, if the nearest quantization point is over or before the note start, the note will now be quantized to the next quantization point. This prevents invalid note lengths.

Removed an internal-use parameter mistakenly displayed in envelope choosers for Analog, Electric, Collision, and Tension.

The Similar Sample Swap controls are now hidden in nested Drum Racks (i.e., a Drum Rack within a drum pad).

Fixed an issue where a multiple clip selection would start in a different clip slot than expected.

Fixed an issue that caused name fields in the CC Control device parameters, Rack macros, and Drum pads to be displayed slightly off-center.

When clicking on a slot or scene in the Session View while the mixer in Arrangement View was visible in another window, Live would scroll the Session View erratically and potentially start to drag content, leading to things like unwanted reordering of scenes or moving of clips. This behavior is now fixed.

The rows in the MIDI Input section of the Link, Tempo & MIDI Settings are now aligned correctly.

Corrected the height of the bottom margin of a second window.

Fixed an issue that cause saved User Labels to display no results if the custom tag that was used to generate the contents within the label was renamed.

Fixed an issue on Windows that could cause Live to sporadically crash when exporting video.

Fixed a bug where the mixer volume section would disappear and it would be impossible to resize the mixer when the Live window was made smaller.

Fixed a bug that prevented the [E] key actions (e.g., note splitting) from working in the MIDI Note Editor when in Live’s second window.

The device insert marker in Rack devices now uses the background color of the divider line between devices.

Fixed a bug where using Undo on moving warp markers would undo the movement in very small increments, requiring a lot of undo steps to get back to the previous state.

Fixed a crash that occurred due to invalid note lengths in the Arpeggiate MIDI Tool.

CC 119 is now part of the list of available CC Messages in CC Control.

In the Phaser-Flanger device, the color of the separator lines between different UI elements is now more visible in dark themes.

Fixed an issue that occurred when using the Stacks MIDI Tool with a Drum Rack, where the Chord Root parameter would correctly refer to drum pads on the first chord’s root pitch parameter, but would use note names instead after adding a new chord.

Fixed an issue with multi-clip editing where selected notes in non-focused clips would remain selected when interacting with the Velocity or Chance editors, even though those editors don’t show notes in non-focused clips.

Fixed a bug that prevented users from deleting automation breakpoints using the Delete command in the context menu.

Fixed a bug where extending the note selection with the shortcut [OPT][Shift] + down arrow key would not work correctly when two notes with the same pitch were selected.

Fixed an issue where the device expanded view would reopen after dragging it closed.

Accessibility: When using the Stacks MIDI Tool, the C# note on the Root Pitch dial is now announced as “C sharp” (previously the “sharp” was omitted).

Fixed an issue with spacing below the transport bar becoming too large when resizing the Clip View or device expanded view all the way to the top.

Accessibility: In MIDI Tools, the key names in pitch controls are now announced using the note name along with their corresponding spelling preferences (i.e., sharp, flat) and tuning options.

Fixed a UI issue that occurred when duplicating a device with an expanded breakout view.

Fixed a bug that could cause the Indexer to freeze while analyzing certain MP3 files on Windows.

Folder names containing the | character can once again be used in the browser.

On Windows, fixed an issue where the Status Bar would get cut off when the Live window was made smaller.

Fixed a few issues in the Recombine MIDI Tool:

The Rotate display doesn’t silently catch focus anymore, the focus goes to the Rotation Steps parameter.

If the number of rotate steps exceeds the maximum available, the selected bar is centered and is not displayed wider than usual.

After making a time selection, the bars in the Rotate display update correctly.

Fixed the software text for the Shuffle parameter.

Fixed a bug in the Arpeggiate MIDI Tool where generated notes would sometimes start at the edge of the input time range, causing generated notes to fall outside of the range.

When selecting a new lane to add from the lane selector in the MIDI Note Editor, the newly selected lane becomes the active lane and the controls at the bottom of the Editor are updated accordingly.

Updated the UI color of the Seed, Time Warp and Recombine MIDI Tools when the panels are deactivated.

Fixed an issue where Live could be installed on Windows computers that did not meet in the minimum system requirements, but would not start when the program was launched. Now, it is no longer possible to install the program at all if the system requirements are not met.

A grid settings chooser is no longer displayed in the header in unwarped audio clips.

Fixed some small issues when using the Add Interval option with Drum Racks or sampled instruments:

When not all key tracks are in use, Add Interval no longer generates notes on unused/invisible tracks.

The Interval parameter no longer shows a unit, e.g., “st” or “sd.”

Fixed an issue where the text in Live’s Settings would be cut off in some languages.

Fixed an issue that caused vertical scrolling to move too fast when adjusting values in the MIDI Note Editor’s MPE and Envelopes view modes.

When using the Fold mode in the MIDI Note Editor, the Seed, Shape and Rhythm MIDI Tools will no longer automatically shrink key tracks by hiding unused tracks.

Fixed a performance regression that occurred when resizing tracks in the Session View with Sets containing hundreds of scenes.

Accessibility: Fixed a bug where toggling a checkable menu entry would incorrectly announce the new checked or unchecked state of the menu entry.

Fixed an issue on Windows where the title bar of Live’s window would be cut off when launching the program with a window size larger than the available screen size (for example, if the display scale setting was changed on Windows).

Fixed an issue where the Info View descriptions for parameters in the Euclidean and Velocity Shaper Generators were duplicated or missing in some cases.

Fixed an issue where the “Follow System” option for the “Show Scroll Bars” preference in Display & Input Settings was ignored when starting Live for the first time.

Fixed a crash that occurred when redoing the action of moving a group track that contains an Instrument Rack device.

The Randomize Velocity option now works as expected again.

Fixed the following keyboard input issues:

Typing a space as the first character no longer enters edit mode on enumeration value sliders and doesn’t block the global play/stop command.

Typing a value that is outside of the available choices now correctly has no effect. Previously, the invalid value would be stuck in the edit field.

Fixed a crash that would sometimes occur when moving tracks with the keyboard using the [CTRL] (Win) / [CMD] (Mac) key with arrow keys.

Accessibility: Fixed a bug that caused Live to lose focus in the Settings dialog.

The Pitch effect will now always appear the same width regardless of whether it is locked to a control surface (i.e., regardless of whether the hand icon is showing in the title bar).

Fixed a bug where a Similarity Search could not be triggered using the View menu or the context menu in the browser when the file has not been analyzed in the background.

Fixed a bug that caused slowed installation times when replacing an existing installation on Windows.

Fixed a visual issue where text would be cut off when renaming Arrangement locators.

In the Max for Live API, the performance when calling API functions with large dictionaries as inputs (e.g. apply_note_modifications) has been greatly improved.

Fixed a crash that occurred when moving a group track and then undoing that action in certain scenarios.

Fixed a crash that occurred when dropping a file into the File Manager when replacing missing files in a Set.

Accessibility: Fixed an issue that prevented the Live 12 Trial from being authorized when using certain screen readers on Windows.

Fixed a crash that occurred when replacing a missing sample in Simpler via the File Manager.

Fixed a visual issue that caused the initial layout of the Main track to be misaligned when the “Show Scroll Bars” option was set to “When Scrolling”.

Fixed a crash that could occur when quitting Live.

Updated the bundled Max version to 8.6.2 hot fix release 3191a3e. This fixes the following issue: Live no longer requires admin credentials when launched from a secondary user account.

Fixed an alignment issue in Live’s Audio Settings when the warning dialog about configuring inputs/outputs was shown.

Fixed a bug in the Stacks MIDI Tool that caused the Root parameter to behave erratically when using Drum Racks. Now the parameter stops at the last pad in the Rack as expected.

Fixed a crash that occurred when resizing multiple clips on different tracks, undoing the action, and then resizing again.

Fixed a crash that could occur when resizing the video window on Windows.

Fixed a bug where chain lists in Racks would become slightly misaligned when switching the Show Scroll Bars option between When Scrolling and Always.

Fixed a crash that would occur in rare cases when audio with infinite volume was routed into Live.

Fixed the behavior of commands when the content menu is opened via the computer keyboard in audio and MIDI clips so that auto-warp commands, such as Set 1.1.1 Here or Warp From Here, now use the current position of the insert marker.

Fixed a bug where some Live Clips based on locked Racks, such as Grain Slap 136 bpm.alc, would fail to open in certain Live editions.

Fixed a bug that prevented options in the context menu of audio and MIDI clips from working as expected when the menu was opened using the computer keyboard and a clip start marker or the loop brace was selected.

Fixed a bug where navigation with the arrow keys from a scene to the clip slots was not possible if return tracks were folded. Now the selection is moved to the last track before any hidden return tracks.

Fixed a bug that caused the Crossfader horizontal slider to be misaligned if the Main track was wider than the default size. Fixed a bug where a configured plug-in parameter value would become locked when clicking in the middle of the parameter’s horizontal slider.

Max for Live Device Bugfixes

Max for Live patches located in nested subfolders in the User Library will now correctly be listed in the Max for Live label as well.

Unmapping a Max modulation source from a Max for Live parameter now clears the modulation value.

Fixed a bug where the GUI of a Max MIDI Tool would remain accessible and editable even when the selected track was frozen.

Fixed visual glitches that occurred after clicking away from a Max for Live device or MIDI Tool, such as unnecessary triggering of note selection or drag behaviors in the MIDI Note Editor.

Fixed a bug that affected the load time of Live Sets containing certain Max for Live devices.

Fixed an issue where renaming a Max for Live file in the User Library made it impossible to load the same file from the Max for Live label.

Fixed the following issue with Max for Live devices:

Modulators can now only have one Map button active across all devices.

In DS devices voices are now never muted before the end of envelopes.

In Note Echo, fixed a bug where C-2 would not be echoed.

Fixed a bug that caused the Save As dialog to be shown every time a user-created Max for Live MIDI Tool was saved using the regular “Save” command due to the default Max MIDI Transformation.amxd and Max MIDI Generator.amxd presets being marked as read-only.

Fixed a bug in DS Clap where the first note played after adding the device would have an unexpected sound.

Improved performance of Sets containing Max for Live instruments and audio effects.

In MPE Control and Expression Control, fixed an issue where two-breakpoint curves with the second breakpoint at the maximum values (127 127) would be slightly off.

Fixed a crash that occurred when loading certain Max for Live devices with MIDI routings.

Fixed a bug that would display the class name of a Max for Live MIDI Tool in the Status Bar instead of the Tool’s actual name.

The default save locations for Max for Live MIDI Tools are now set to User Library/MIDI Tools/Transformations and User Library/MIDI Tools/Generators.

Live 12 System Requirements:

macOS 11 Big Sur or higher

Intel® Core™ i5 processor or Apple Silicon


1280×800 display resolution

Core Audio compliant audio interface recommended

Access to an internet connection for authorizing Live (for downloading additional content and updating Live, a fast internet connection is recommended)

Approximately 3 GB disk space on the system drive for the basic installation (8 GB free disk space recommended)

Up to 76 GB disk space for additionally available sound content