Ableton Push

Finger drum and sequence all at once with Ableton’s debut hardware controller




Ableton has now unveiled a teaser video (above) revealing the beatmaking workflow of Push and Live 9. The clip demonstrates how Push can be used for step sequencing and live finger drumming at the same time, along with how to add accents and swing, edit loop lengths and more.

It’s able to deftly manipulate melody, harmony, beats, sound and structure, so there’s absolutely no reason to flit between the Push and the rest of your recording rig. Push takes the familiar form of pads, encoders and buttons, with a light-and-colour coordinated pad display that can’t help but impress. That’s because Push has been designed by Akai, but with its in-depth software integration and do-everything approach, it’s as much reminiscent of other machines on the market as it is the APC40. 64 Pads, eleven touch encoders – you can alter any assigned parameter with these as you might expect, but the pads can also function as an instrument too, becoming ‘piano keys’ and the root notes highlighted by a colour difference. You can run up and down the scales on the virtual instrument of your choice.

For more details on Push, see the Ableton site.

Both Push and Live 9 are due for release during the first quarter of 2013. Push will be priced at $599/€499 (including Live 9 Intro).

Video below demonstrates how to make a nuanced beat using Push.

Video link: Abelton push



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