Upgrading to new filter modes in Live 9.5

  • Live Versions: 9.5 and later
  • Operating System: All

With Live 9.5, new filters are available in Auto Filter, Simpler, Sampler and Operator. To learn more about these filters and their specifics, please refer to the device reference sections in the Live manual.

A Live set or device preset saved with a previous version of Live will open in a legacy mode first, still using the previous filters to prevent any difference in sound. In this state, an Upgrade button is displayed in the header of said devices.

An Operator device displaying the Upgrade button.

An instance of Operator displaying the Upgrade button.

Clicking the Upgrade button will update the filter per device, retaining the type and parameter settings and applying the new Clean filter model. This will sound close to the original, but not the same.

Presets from the Core Library

While lots of new device presets in the Core Library have been created to showcase the sonic possibilities of the new filters, other presets have remained untouched. If the filter is active in such presets, the devices will display the Upgrade button as well.

Operator legacy modes

Operator had been slightly enhanced for Live 9 already, so sets or presets saved with Live 8 and previous versions would open with Operator running in a Live 8 Legacy Mode. When opening such sets or presets with Live 9.5, Operator runs in a double legacy mode.

In the context menu on the Operator device header, an entry shows if Operator is running in Live 8 Legacy Mode. Please uncheck this and additionally press the Upgrade button in order to use Operator with the latest 9.5 features.

The context menu displays that Operator is running in a Live 8 legacy mode.

The context menu displays that Operator is running in a Live 8 legacy mode.

Filter self-resonance

When using any other filter model than Clean, the lowpass, highpass and bandpass filter types with very high resonance settings will start self-resonating, emulating the behavior of real analogue filters.

This results in different behavior per device:

  • Auto Filter
    When Auto Filter uses a different filter model than Clean and the resonance is above 100%, the filter will self-resonate as soon as it is fed with a signal. It will not self-resonate if no sound is fed at its input. When self-resonating, stopping playback will not stop the oscillation. To stop the filter from outputting any sound, reduce Resonance below 100% or bypass the device.
  • Operator
    When Operator uses a different filter model than Clean and the resonance is above 100%, the filter will self-resonate as soon as a note is triggered. It will keep resonating as long as the Amplitude Envelope of the currently active Operator lasts. Since the filter follows the Operator VCA in the signal chain, the amplitude of this self-oscillation will not be affected by the Operator envelope settings.
  • Simpler and Sampler
    Again, with a different model than Clean, the filter will self-resonate as soon as a MIDI note is sent to the device. Since the filter is followed by the  Amplitude Envelope section of Simpler and Sampler, the amplitude of the self-resonating filter will change accordingly.