Live 11 Technical FAQ

  • Live Version: 11
  • Operating System: All
  1. Updates in Live 11
  2. New Devices in Live 11 Suite
  3. New Features in Live 11

1. Updates in Live 11

Why is Live 11.1 not available as an Automatic Update? 

Automatic updates cannot deliver the desired universal build that brings native Silicon support, and has to be manually installed. As such, we have provided the opportunity for all users to choose the correct build. You can find all information here.

Which 11.1 installer should I use (Mac)? 

The Universal Binary build adds native support for Apple M1 computers, while also being the suggested build for Intel-chip Macs running most macOS. The Intel-only build is best suited for Intel-chip Apple computers running older macOS. You can read more about it here.

What's the difference between running Live using Rosetta and running it natively on M1? 

We recommend running the universal build of Live natively on the M1 for optimal performance of the Live default devices and effects. For information on using plugins on Mac in Live 11.1, please see this article.

Why am I missing certain instruments?

It's important to allow Live to index the new devices by waiting a few minutes after launching Live 11.1 for the first time. If the devices don't show up after a restart, please try to reset the database as explained here.

Will there still be Support for Intel-CPU Macs? 

The universal build runs natively on both Apple silicon and Intel-based Mac computers, because it contains executable code for both architectures. 

Are all Packs compatible with Live 11.1?

Third-party packs that contain Max for Live devices that rely on intel-compiled externals may not work when the Universal Build is running natively. You can find more information here.

Are Max for Live patches made in Live 11.1 backwards compatible? 

Live 11.1 ships with Max 8.2. Not all currently available Max features are supported in older versions of Max or Live, which plays a role when creating M4L devices in the latest Live version, that are intended to be used in older Live versions as well. Please see this article for more details.

Why can't I use ReWire anymore?

ReWire has been deactivated in Live 11 as the developer, Reason Studios, ended support for ReWire in 2020.

Why can't I upload to SoundCloud?

The Upload to SoundCloud export option has been removed in Live 11 as the feature is no longer supported by SoundCloud.

Python 3

An upgrade to Python 3 in Live 11 will prevent any outdated third-party or custom remote scripts from working. Once the manufacture(s) update their scripts to include the Python 3 update, they should work normally.

2. New devices in Live 11 Suite


This new audio effect is included in Live Standard and Suite. Shifter is a multi-purpose audio effect for pitch shifting, frequency shifting, and ring modulation. The pitch or frequency of incoming audio can be tuned using Coarse or Fine parameters and further adjusted with a Tone filter and Window parameter. Shifter also has Delay, LFO, and Envelope Follower sections for additional modulation. The Shifter device can set pitch or frequency using its own parameters or by incoming MIDI notes. 

Shaper Midi device

Shaper Midi device is now included in the set of Max for Live devices that come with a Suite license, or a Standard plus Max for Live license. MIDI Shaper is a Max for Live MIDI device that uses multi-breakpoint envelopes to generate mappable modulation data. 

Align Delay device

This device is now included in the set of Max for Live devices that come with a Suite license, or a Standard plus Max for Live license. Align Delay is a Max for Live device that delays incoming signals by samples, milliseconds, or meters/feet.  

Hybrid Reverb

Hybrid Reverb combines two different approaches to reverberation in one device, blending convolution reverb with a number of digital reverb algorithms. Using multiple routing options and parameters, you can create unique reverb sounds, or generate drone-like soundscapes, or transform any source material.

Spectral Resonator

Spectral Resonator uses spectral resonances and pitched overtones to add tonal character to any audio source. You can highlight chosen frequencies of the resonating partials and alter their decay, creating either short percussive reverberations or long washed-out tones.

Spectral Time

Spectral Time combines time freezing and spectral delay effects in a single inspiring device. You can re-synthesize your sounds by applying various spectral filters, delays and frequency-shifting techniques to incoming material, creating highly varied and unique copies.


PitchLoop89 is a pitch shifting effect, inspired by an early digital effects processor, enhanced with a few contemporary features; implemented in Max4Live.

Inspired by Nature

This pack is ideal for soundscapes, textures, generative music, evolving/non-repeating sounds, glitchy/chaotic/harsh sounds, unpredictable melodies, and in general sonic explorations through play and discovering new connections.

Check out all of the new and updated features in Live 11.

3. New Features in Live 11


Can I use Comping in my version of Live?

Comping is available in Intro, Standard, and Suite. Linked-track editing is available in Standard and Suite. Read more about Comping here.

Keys and Scales

How do I use Keys and Scales?

Open Clip View of a MIDI clip and enable Scale in the bottom left corner of Clip View. Once enabled, select the Root Note and the Scale Name.

Note and Velocity Chance

Note Chance defines whether or not a MIDI note will be played using percentages. Velocity Chance sets a velocity range in which the MIDI note velocity will be randomized within the defined limits. Read more about Note and Velocity Chance here.


Can I use MPE with my MIDI controller?

You need an MPE-capable MIDI controller to use Live devices that have MPE functionality. Many third-party VST/AU plug-ins are also MPE-capable.

I don’t have an MPE controller. Can I still use MPE?

Yes, MPE editing can be used to write modulation for individual notes by using either Draw Mode or the mouse to edit a curve and its breakpoints. You can read more about MPE here.

Tempo Following

Why can’t I see the Tempo Follower button?

If you don’t see the Tempo Follower button, you can activate it in Live's Preferences > Link/Tempo/MIDI > Tempo Follower > Show Tempo Follower.

I activated the Follow button, but Live is not following the tempo.

Make sure to have set the correct audio inputs in Live’s Preferences under Link/Tempo/MIDI > Tempo Follower. If the incoming audio signal does not contain a clearly defined rhythmic structure based on transients, Live can not analyze the correct tempo. Tempo Following is best suited for percussive elements or entire tracks. Read more about Tempo Following here.

Updates to Follow Actions

Scene Follow Actions 

Scenes can now also use Follow Actions. You can view and edit them by clicking on a Scene. The options are the same as Clip Follow Actions, excluding any clip-specific actions.

When I click on the arrow next to the bypass button to unfold the Follow Actions Editor, why do I only see Prgm/Bank/Sub?

Seeing Prgm/Bank/Sub means you are in Arrangement View. Follow Actions are only available in Session View. Read more about Follow Actions here.

Macro Variations

How can I add or remove Macros?

Click the +/- buttons to show or hide two Macros at a time. Hidden Macros will keep any previous parameter mapping.

Can I exclude Macros from randomization and variations?

Yes, you can exclude Macros by right-clicking on them and selecting Exclude Macro from Randomization/Variations. Read more about Macro Variations here.

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