Its the little things in Live…

Sometimes its the little things in life that make us happy. With each new version of Live, this becomes more and more apparent to me. Sure, who doesn’t like the flexible new groove engine, or the dazzling new Looper device.

Both are great new tools that will change the way we create and perform music.

But, we human beings are visual creatures. For most of us, sight dominates the way we perceive the world. That said, one of the nicest things about Live is working with it’s slick and streamlined interface – and for me, it’s the ongo ing visual improvements and cues that really make Live stand out from the rest. Let’s take a quick look at a few visual enhancements added in 8.

MIDI Editor - Individual MIDI notes now show the names of the notes they represent. Better yet, when programming drums the MIDI notes will display the name of the drum rack pad or Impulse slot they will trigger.

Rack Enhancements – When mapping macros, the name of the parameter that’s mapped is automatically written to the macro’s name field. Also, macro values are now displayed as they are on the actual device control. In the screenshot below, the macro displays Oscillator B’s volume level in decibels.

The Arranger – My favorite Live 8 visual enhancement – In the arranger, turn on the loop switch and double click anywhere in the scrub area. Bam! The looped area will now zoom in to fit the width of the arranger. Now, if there was only a one-step key command to accomplish this( maybe some abes are reading this? ).

There you have it, 3 visual improvements. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.