As ever, Live 10 is available in Standard (€349) and Suite (€599) versions, the differences between them being in the bundled sounds (10GB for Standard and 70GB for Suite), the number of devices included (47 vs 69), and the fact that Max For Live, which is now built into Live itself rather than effectively plugging into it (meaning increased speed and efficiency, multiple outputs and more), only comes with Suite.
There are some real gems in Suite’s soundware libraries, and it’s safe to say that it continues to be by far the better option.
Live 10 makes a winning first impression, thanks to the implementation of a tasteful graphical makeover. The new font is lovely, keylines around clips are much thinner, colour is applied to the whole of clips rather than just the title bar, MIDI notes are the same colour as their clips (yay!), and the colour scheme has shifted to a more pastel space. It looks really cool.
At the top of the Browser, the new Collections panel houses seven colour-coded, renamable ‘filter folders’ into which anything - devices, samples, plugins, presets, projects, etc - can be placed for instant access. For example, bung all your favourite synths into the red folder and name it ‘Favourite synths’. The folders are just coloured tags, so nothing is actually moved; objects can be assigned to multiple Collections, and coloured dots next to their names indicate their membership. Hugely useful.