Ableton Live 12: Best New Features (Tips and Tricks)


Ableton Live has always been one of my favorite DAWs since I started making music 15+ years ago, and they just released an insane new version! Ableton Live 12 has arrived, bringing with it a wave of cutting-edge features that redefine the music production experience. Packed with enhancements to streamline workflow, elevate creativity, and provide unprecedented control, Live 12 marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Ableton's renowned software. In this blog, we'll dive into the best new features in Ableton Live 12, showcasing the innovations that are set to inspire and empower producers around the globe.


I. Neural Mix™ Integration:

A. Real-Time Separation of Musical Elements:

  • Vocal, Drums, Harmonic, and More: Neural Mix™ allows users to isolate and manipulate individual elements of a track in real-time.
  • Creative Remixing: Instantly remix and reinterpret tracks by isolating vocals, drums, and other components.

II. MIDI 2.0 Support:

A. Expanded MIDI Capabilities:

  • Expressive Control: MIDI 2.0 offers enhanced expressiveness, allowing for more nuanced control of virtual instruments.
  • Extended Resolution: Higher resolution MIDI data provides greater precision and detail in MIDI performances.

III. Multi-Clip Editing:

A. Simultaneous Editing of Multiple Clips:

  • Efficient Workflow: Edit and manipulate multiple clips simultaneously for a more streamlined workflow.
  • Global Changes: Apply global changes to multiple clips at once for cohesive edits across your project.

IV. Dynamic Routing and Busses:

A. Flexible Signal Routing:

  • Customizable Busses: Create dynamic busses for flexible signal routing and processing.
  • Efficient Mixing: Streamline your mixing process with versatile routing options.

V. Enhanced Automation:

A. Curved Automation Lines:

  • Smooth Transitions: Create smoother and more natural transitions with curved automation lines.
  • Precise Control: Fine-tune automation curves for detailed and expressive parameter control.

VI. Macro Variations:

A. Dynamic Macro Control:

  • Macro Variation Presets: Create and save variations for Macro controls, allowing for dynamic parameter changes over time.
  • Performance Flexibility: Enhance live performances by introducing macro variations on the fly.

VII. Improved Browser:

A. Quick Access to Sounds and Devices:

  • Smart Search: Find sounds and devices faster with an improved browser featuring smart search functionality.
  • User-Friendly Navigation: Streamlined layout for intuitive and efficient navigation.

VIII. Advanced Exporting Options:

A. Flexible Export Settings:

  • Stem Exporting: Export individual stems for more advanced mixing and mastering workflows.
  • Customizable File Naming: Tailor file naming conventions for organized project exports.

IX. MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) Support:

A. Enhanced MIDI Control for MPE Devices:

  • Expressive Polyphony: MPE Support enables more expressive control over polyphonic instruments.
  • Seamless Integration: Integrate MPE controllers seamlessly into your Ableton Live 12 projects.



Ableton Live 12 stands at the forefront of music production innovation, introducing a host of features that empower artists to explore new creative frontiers. From the revolutionary Neural Mix™ integration to the nuanced MIDI 2.0 support, Live 12 is a testament to Ableton's commitment to pushing the boundaries of what's possible in music creation. As producers embrace the enhanced workflow, dynamic control, and unprecedented creative potential of Live 12, the future of music production has never looked more exciting. Welcome to the next chapter in the evolution of Ableton Live!

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