Switching from Live 9 32-bit to Live 10

  • Live Versions: 10
  • Operating System: All

As Live 10 is 64-bit only, there are some things to consider when upgrading from Live 9 32-bit.

Plug-in Compatibility

32-bit plug-ins in Live 9 are not compatible with Live 10. You will need to install 64-bit versions of your plug-ins. If there are no 64-bit versions available, you can use jBridge or 32 Lives to bridge the plugins for use in Live 10:

Memory Usage

The 32-bit version of Live (like all 32-bit applications) can use up to 4GB of RAM, which means it may not be possible to use very large sample collections or memory intensive plug-ins.

In contrast, the 64-bit version of Live can use a theoretical maximum of 16 exabytes of RAM - much more RAM than computers actually have. This means you can work with Live Sets that are much larger and more memory intensive than in the 32-bit version.

Live 10 requires a minimum of 4GB RAM, though 8GB is recommended. Read the Live 10 Minimum System Requirements.

Preferences file corrupt

Some Live 9 32-bit users may see an error message while starting Live 10 for the very first time about the Preferences file being corrupted due to an 'Unknown Class "EncoderTypeQuickTime" found'.


Affected users will only see this message once and never again, since Live 10 creates a new Preferences file in this case. This means also that affected users will need to specify their custom preference settings again (audio engine settings, plugin folders, library paths, etc). 

Users upgrading from Live 9 64-bit are not affected by this issue.

Using Video (Windows)

Live 9 32-bit on Windows computers uses Quicktime for video decoding. If you have been using video within the 32-bit version of Live 9 on Windows, you will need to install these codecs in order to use video in Live 10.