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Push is a unique instrument made just for Ableton
I love this controller. Not only is it beautiful but it is extremely robust. Most controllers feel light weight, cheap and very plastic. Everything about this controller is designed so you never have to touch your computer. You can move between tracks easily, play instruments, and step sequence drums. It is nice to be able to step away from the computer/mouse and be hands on with sounds and playing.
The Push buttons have a really nice elasticity which is nice for finger drumming. You can quickly load sound packs without ever looking at your computer. Session view allows you to launch scenes and note view allows you to step sequence and play patterns. The touch strip on the side allows you to scroll through drums racks and also pitch bend. Instrument mode allows you to pick the key and scale that you're in so you will never be out of key.
One thing to keep in mind is that you have to manually configure other plugins (like Sylenth1 and Massive) to control effect parameters which is really easy to do but it just takes time to set it up. Another thing to be aware of is that when traveling with Push it gets a lot of attention from TSA. Be ready to be pulled to the side and questioned about this controller. It is also a bit heavy so maybe invest in a roller bag when you are traveling. The push controller + your laptop along with other things in your back pack makes for a heavy load. I have the Magma Riot back pack which fits Push and your laptop but it is heavy and is awfully uncomfortable trying to carry. The straps are poorly constructed.