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Updates are a continuous and important aspect of DAWs like Ableton. Regularly updating your programs not only ensures they run more smoothly and rid them of potential bugs, but it can also help improve the overall quality of your projects, like reducing audio clicks and pops.
Some audio programs like STLTones AmpHub update new content monthly, while other programs’ updates may be more or less frequent depending on the needs and demands of a given software.
So, what about Ableton? How often does Ableton update?
Typically, Ableton will release major updates every few months, but as with other software, this depends on the size and scope of the update. More minor updates may come out every month or two, depending on what issues might need to be fixed or content to be updated.
Below we will discuss in more detail when to expect updates from Ableton and whether or not there is anything you need to do to ensure you are always using the most updated version of the program.
How Often Does Ableton Update?
Note: This article is referencing Ableton Live 11. While previous versions may have had similar updates, this article is not speaking to those versions.
Like all computer-related software and applications, updates are required occasionally to ensure continued smooth operation and to fix any potential bugs that may have been discovered. Ableton is no different.
Ableton Live 11 was released on February 23rd, 2021, a little over three years after Live 10’s release. Since its release in February 2021, Ableton 11 has undergone several updates, as did the previous versions.
While there were some updates before 11.1, Ableton Live 11.1 was released in February 2022, with the 11.2 update following a few months later in September, according to the Ableton website.
As of March 10th, 2023, Ableton’s website states that the current version of Ableton Live is 11.2.10, which included several updates, improvements, and bug fixes.
If you are interested in the history of Ableton itself, check out this video that takes you from its early inception in late October of 2001 through its current Ableton Live 11.
The relatively frequent updating of Ableton ensures users that the program is running as efficiently as possible. The last thing you want as a creator is to run into ongoing software issues and bugs, both of which severely hinder your ability to create.
Ableton is frequently listed as one of the most user-friendly DAWs on the market for its ease of use and intuitive design.
While the amount and usefulness of the updates are not explicitly listed as being some of the reasons for its ease of use, it can be all but guaranteed that if Ableton did not regularly update and bugs plagued the program, it would not be consistently listed as user-friendly.
Are Ableton Updates Automatic?
Acording to Ableton’s website, most Ableton updates are automatic. However, some of them will require some manual work on your part.
Occasionally, some Ableton updates will require you to handle the update manually. Thankfully, this process is easy, and by following the directions on Ableton’s website, you should not have any issues if you run into a situation where the updates are not automatic.
One key component that makes Ableton so nice to work with if you have to download a newer version manually is that you do not have to uninstall older versions before updating to more recent versions.
However, while the updating process itself is very easy, there is one very important item that can cause some headaches if you are not paying attention. Ableton states that you cannot open your projects in older versions of Ableton once they have been saved in a newer version.
In other words, if you make a song in Ableton version 11, you cannot open it in version 10. Similarly, say you save a project in Ableton 11.2, you can’t open it in any previous version like 11.0. However, you can open projects from earlier versions in the newer versions.
While it is doubtful that you would ever be in a situation where you needed to open a project in an earlier version of Ableton, know that it is not possible.
How To Ensure Ableton Is Set Up For Automatic Updates?
Ensuring your Ableton software is set up for automatic updates is simple. Follow the steps below to ensure your updates are automatically applied.
Step 1: Locate Your Automatic Update Preferences
After opening Ableton, click on the Options menu, scroll down to the bottom, and click on “Preferences.” If you read my article on how to stop pops and clicks in your audio, you will be familiar with where this is located.
Step 2: Set Your Automatic Update Preferences
Once you have the preferences tab open, go to the bottom tab that says “Licenses Maintenance” and click on that. From there, you will see the screen listed below.
You can choose three options for receiving automatic updates; Never, Ask Me, and Always. As you can see, I have “Always” selected, but if you like to have a little more control over your updates, the “Ask Me” option is the way to go.
I wouldn’t advise selecting “Never” because if you have this option selected, you could end up completely forgetting about updates for months at a time, as I have done in the past. Thankfully, it didn’t really impact Ableton’s performance for me, but it certainly can inhibit the performance of the software if you never update.
Step 3: Don’t Forget About The Authorization
Another important note is that if you have not authorized your computer through Ableton’s website, ensure you do so. This is especially important if you have received a version of Ableton through somewhere other than Ableton directly.
For example, when I purchased my Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, it came bundled with Ableton Live Lite. From there, I was easily able to upgrade to Ableton Live Standard once I knew for sure that was the DAW I wanted to use for music production.
There you have it! You can expect minor updates to Ableton every couple of months. If your preferences are set correctly, most of these updates will update automatically, so you don’t need to think about it.
On rare occasions when you need to update manually, the process is intuitive and fast, allowing you to return to creating music as fast as possible.
Larger Ableton updates come every few months, and version updates will occur every few years.
I hope this article was helpful to you. Best of luck, and keep on creating!
Hi everyone! I have been involved with music most of my life, beginning in grade school with the trumpet. I am a largely self-taught multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitar, bass, and starting the piano and violin). I currently play drums in two bands and write and produce many genres of music in my home recording studio. I am also an avid guitar and drum collector.