The next level of clip-launching and grid controllers.
Push is an instrument that puts everything you need to make music in one place—at your fingertips. Making music is hard. To stay in the flow, you need to be able to capture your ideas quick...
"We record a lot of long audio tracks—and one of the specificities of our music is that it reveals itself with the edits. The projects end up very heavy, and require a lot of listening time, to sort and select the recorded material. Ableton offers all we need in terms of edit, and the Push affords us complete control over our sequences. Then, at the very end of the process for each of our EPs and episodes, we head towards the studio to make the final analog summing on a Euphonix mixer."more
While working with Attack Magazine, he did a studio tour where he talked about what equipment he used. One item he talked about was the Ableton Push 2 where he commented "Most of my career I've worked with different DAWs but the one I always tend to prefer purley for the production and creative part is Ableton. Since they released their own controller some years ago I immidietly bought one myself and loved it straightaway. version 1 still had some minor issues but since version 2 of the device I very happy to work with it. I tend to create a lot of Ableton racks which I can map to controllers and tweak by hand those during my arrangement. Human touch seem to bring a more organic feeling since errors are in there - we are all humans with errors"more
As far as software goes, Ableton Live 9&10, Xfer Serum, Izotope Ozone, NI Komplete, Valhalla Reverbs, Kick 2. I'm not much of a hardware guy, but for live performance and getting ideas down, I love my Novation Launch Control XL and my Ableton Push 2! https://www.reddit.com/r/electronicmusic/comments/9kiw56/hey_guys_im_julian_gray_and_this_is_my_reddit_ama/more
I spent a half a day working off my korg ARP odyssey on a cosmic splash soundscape for the Sun Ra tribute concert. Tomorrow I am working on balancing levels, midi mapping and effect processing. Test and practice... #sunrasarkestra #satellitesarespinning #abletonlive #ableton10 #abletonpush2 #korgarpodyssey #ipadpro #mackiebigknob #personus6x6more
The next level of clip-launching and grid controllers.
Push is an instrument that puts everything you need to make music in one place—at your fingertips. Making music is hard. To stay in the flow, you need to be able to capture your ideas quickly, and you need technology to stay out of the way. Computers make it possible for one person to create whole worlds of sound. But instruments are where inspiration comes from. Push gives you the best of everything. It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.
Play or program beats, melodies, and harmonies with Push’s 64 pads. When playing drums, Push’s grid of 64 pads is divided into three sections, allowing you to play in real time, step sequence, and adjust the length of your loop, all at the same time.
Capture your music
Play or step sequence all of your musical ideas. Whether playing drums or pitched instruments, Push adapts to your musical needs, with great feeling pads and controls that keep you in the flow.
Play and tweak samples. Slice beats, play one shots, or mangle samples with warping
Push gives you a range of ways to play and manipulate your samples. Slice samples across the pads, play single hits, or warp long samples so that they always stay in time with your song.
All of your sounds, at your fingertips
Access all of Live’s devices, your third-party plug-ins, and samples. Use Push to browse, preview, and load your sounds. Get fast hands-on access to Live’s built-in devices, VST or Audio Units plug-ins, and your sample library.
Tweak instruments, samples, and effects
The color display shows your sample or device parameters, enabling intuitive but powerful sound design from the touch-sensitive encoders.
Play beats live with velocity sensitive pads and adjust sounds and kits while you play with eight touch-sensitive endless encoders. Hold a pad to repeat notes in time with your track and adjust the repeat divisions or swing in real time.
Step sequence beats
Step sequence beats directly using the pads for precise control. Select any step and tweak timing, velocity, and parameter values individually for each cell. See velocity and accents for each step shown on Push’s pads.
Play notes on the grid
When playing instruments, Push “folds” a keyboard’s worth of notes to its 64 pads. Pad colors show key center, other notes in the key, and any notes you’ve recorded. Push’s condensed layout means large intervals can be reached easily, and patterns can be played with the same fingerings in all keys. Use Push’s touch slider for pitch bend or modulation.
Mix and refine
Get hands-on with your mix using the encoders and adjust levels, pans, and sends with immediate feedback on the display.
Play and perform
Push 2 is equally at home in the studio or on stage. Keep your performances in-the-moment by switching between improvising with loops and playing drums, notes, and chords—all from the same expressive grid of pads.
Coming from Fl studio and using ableton push 2 along with ableton live 9 was very easy to understand and get used thanks to the push 2 and helped me get comfortable with ableton live 9 in a matter of days. top product, really well made.
Best improvements are in the sampler and simpler options to covert. Live sample pad chopping also makes it very useful. Much nicer interface than the previous black and orange akai screen.
Still researching it believe me, Its endless the things this can do for your performance, may take a little time to Midi map with in User Mode but once you get the hang of it and maintain a proper set, you'll go full Terosquad.
Great controller with many functions within. As all of the gear I try to own it is really flexible. Most of the things I use are automation functions withing Ableton Live and Drum Sequence. My own Racks with personalized Macros also work great. It's a living instrument you need to use it a lot so you can take advantage of it.
If your an ableton user this is definitely a great buy, not a must have, but definitely something that speeds up workflow tremendously and the in key mode allows you to play notes anywhere on the push without ever hitting a wrong note, this also feels a lot more intuitive that using the scale plugin and a keyboard. There are numerous videos on the web showing people making tracks just with the push without ever having to look up and i can honestly say this is definitely possible as a bit of an ableton novice this really opened up ableton up.
I downloaded Ableton,for a project about a year ago, and have found it great as a sketch book for ideas, and I am now fleshing those out into songs and finished tracks. The Push has made it so simple, there is something about using hardware, you feel you are doing something tactile, like playing an instrument, rather than just producing on a laptop. Its a marriage made in heaven, and I love using it live now, all the lights going when I trigger beats, and playing odd jazzy chords on it, and the repeat function is great for so many musical moments.
Had a Push 1 for a second, but then the Push 2 came out and improved upon it in all the right ways, and I got a killer deal on the upgrade. The screen has been vastly improved, the device is much easier to navigate, and isn't a dust-magnet like the original. Easily the best Ableton controller out there (which isn't surprising, considering this was designed by Ableton in-house). Very pleased!
I just made the jump from a Novation Launchpad MK1 to the Ableton Push 2; absolutely floored. The speed it has already added to my workflow is staggering.
I thought Launchpad95 was cool, but this is something else.
After playing with this delightful upgrade in a very short space of time, my trip from idea to track just got reduced tenfold. I'm blown away at the depth of control this gives you over the creative journey in ableton live. A must have.
This thing makes you control the whole Ableton Live on the go, without looking onto the screen. The workflow changes a lot, but as soon as you figure out it's logic, it enhances your creativity. I make one or more sketches everytime I go using my Push 2 as it was when I only started my music way. very very inspiring!
We all know this guy but it's quick, hands on, & 100% a part of my workflow in Ableton. I will admit I've not used the huge variety of other controllers-Maschine Studio, Push 2, & a few keyboards -works fantastic.
Hey! I've built a really in-depth template for the Push, that focuses on Live Performance. The template itself is available on my website, but all the tutorial videos explaining how to configure the Push with Live for live performance are available on YouTube :)
I hope this is a useful educational resource for some of you!
I'm a sample-based remixer with no talent. I've tried to get my head round this product, but I just can't work it into my production workflow. I gave it a second chance when the Push 1 -> Push 2 trade-in offer came around, but I ended up selling this.
I use it a lot for it's midi and drum sequencer and I use it to play drum racks live. It works seamlessly with Live and it is always my go to instrument whenever I write midi clips or play clips while in session view.
If your an Ableton User this is a Must have if you want to get Hands on with music Creation and Performance! not only can you produce but you can DJ by triggering tracks and loops with the on board trigger pads. blend tracks together seamlessly with its smooth multifunctional turning knobs. Add your own unique un replicate-able Effects to your live shows and album. this controller has true potential. my favorite part is the visual feedback it projects back at the user. Truly recommend.
IT GETS THE JOB DONE! IT is powerful and definitely more than I can comprehend at the moment, but I am slowly getting that learning curb up. Full dynamic control with Audio and midi. Simple, yet so sophisticated...I love the thing and it was a great purchase. I recommend this to beginners and pro's.
MAN!! Where do I start with this thing!!! First, my humble opinion is this hybrid midi controller changed my life. I was a 20 year FL Studio user that owned many midi controller that barely functioned well with that software. I switched to Ableton after seeing a friend use the Push 2. I can't express that amount of satisfaction you get from making beats and mixing with it. Ableton Live all together is the best DAW to date (in my opinion). The Push 2 further pushes that agenda. Great pads (though I'll admit at first glace it looks kind of ugly), very responsive encoders, and great screen real estate. It is a bit on the bulky side as you can't put it in a regular bookbag. It doesn't have an audio interface (big mistake on Abletons side) and the price is too high for what it offers (considering that Native Instruments just dropped a full package just like this for $600). However, that doesn't mean it's not worth the money because it still make your production experience ENJOYABLE! Speaking of which, I went from making maybe one or 2 decent beats a day in FL Studio to 4 or 5 great productions in Ableton. I know guys diferent people get different results but the workflow is easily BETTER!!!! Even playing chords are easy on here! I highly recommend it!
Push is on a. category on its own, it seems unfair to compare it to other more traditional MIDI controllers. Push 2 is a carefully designed and tightly integrated all-in-one type of instrument. It allows you to control an extremely wide array of Ableton Live's features and capabilities and allows the user to spend more time playing an "instrument" than looking at the screen. It is one of the most inspiring pieces of equipment I've had, and it has become the heart of my studio in very little time.
And it is amazing. Sometimes you just need something to get you going and this is the kind of workflow built for me. Plug in, turn it on and create tracks w/o pausing, click or searching, everything is right in front of you and I've only scratched the surface of its features