Ableton Live 11.1 Beta With Apple Silicon Support, and you can try it now


Ableton announced Live 11.1, now available as a beta release, an update that adds support for Apple Silicon Macs and a variety of other improvements.


Ableton Live 11.1 adds native support for Apple’s M1 Silicon Macs, and you can try it right now. And if you have been waiting for it, its arrival is good news.


We are referring to native support for Apple’s M1 Silicon Macs, the first batch of which was released almost a year ago. This means that owners of M1 13-inch MacBook Pro will now be able to run Ableton Live without the need for Apple’s ‘translation’ software Rosetta, unleashing the full power of their computers in the process.


Whereas, owners of Windows machines and older Macs may be nonplussed by this news, Live 11.1 does also give them an updated Shifter device to play with. This adds a new mode for real-time monophonic pitch shifting, as well as delay, an envelope section, an LFO and glide functionality.


In addition, there are two new Max for Live utilities: Align Deay and MIDI Shaper. Align Delay enables users to compensate for lag when sending signals through their system, while MIDI Shaper generates modulation data that can bring more expression to MIDI performances.


Other tweaks include improvements to comping, updates to Clip handling and more.


Live 11.1 is available now in public beta.  You can sign up to the beta program on the Ableton website, where you can also view the release notes.


Full details are available at the Ableton website.



Roland brings Native Apple Silicon Support To 28 Virtual Instruments


28 iconic Roland Cloud AU plugins now native support for Apple M1 Macs. Classic TR drum machines and Juno/Jupiter synths are now compatible.


Roland has announced that 28 of its Roland Cloud-hosted AU plugin synths now offer native support for Apple silicon Macs.


The company notes that, because of the “inherent gains of the Apple architecture”, musicians can now run more instances of their software synths on more affordable devices than ever before.


Therefore, it seems that it is a case of ‘vintage synth meets modern computer architecture’.


Roland instruments now updated with native support for Apple silicon include:




The list of updated plugins includes some stone-cold Roland classics – the likes of the TR-808, TR-909, Juno-106, and Jupiter-8. There are also plenty of emulations of more contemporary instruments, including the System-1 and System-8, as well as classic sound modules such as the JV-1080, XV-5080 and their companion expansion boards.


Zenology, which is powered by Roland Zen-Core engine, is now M1-compatible, as well.


Find out more on the Roland Cloud website.






Bitwig Studio 4 now available with flexible Camping, New Operators and More


Bitwig has announced that Bitwig Studio 4 – a major update to their flagship digital audio workstation – is now available.


Since its launch in 2014, updates to Bitwig Studio DAW have arrived at an impressive rate and useful. Bigwig Studio 4 enables you to explore new musical timelines with flexible camping, Operators, and expression automation.


This means four main things; comping for audio clips in both the Clip Launcher and Arranger; a new set of Operators for changing the chance, recurrence, and more of any note or audio event; Random Spread for any expression point; and, on a practical note, Native Apple Silicon support on Mac, including the facility to run Intel and ARM plugins side-by-side.


The Apple Silicon support, will come as great news for Bitwig fans who have just bought an M1 Mac, as will the flexible plugin support. Because of the way Bitwig Studio hosts its plugins, they are kept separate from the DAW, so you can safely run Intel and ARM VSTs alongside each other. If a plugin does crash, Bitwig Studio should keep running.



Major new features:



Comping in Bitwig Studio 4:


Operators in Bitwig Studio 4:


Anti-Loops in Bitwig Studio 4:

There are various other improvements in version 4, as well – localised Chinese, Japanese and German versions and improved import and export options, for example. Intriguingly, you can now import FL Studio (FLP) and Ableton Live (ALS) files, and Auxy projects should work, too.


Bitwig Studio 4 is available now with an intro price of $299, regular price $399.


The upgrade is free for existing users with an active Bigwig Studio Upgrade Plan. Find out more on the Bitwig website.