WNAMM13: Looking At Ableton Push - Video

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At Winter NAMM 2013, In a secret hotel location, we were ushered into the relative silence of the demo suite that Ableton had setup to show off their new Ableton Push Instrument. I say instrument, as this is so much more than a regular controller. Designed to let you get creative with Live without the need for mousing or a screen, its a playable set of pads and controls together with LED display that lets you create tracks, and jam in a unique way.

I'll let Dennis take over - watch the video....

 

 


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Stan Lee Cole    Said...

I WANT ONE!!! Stop teasing, release date already !!! Just got into Ableton, and been keeping myself from buying an APC40, don't know how long I can hold!!!! Seriously thsi controller is going to be HUGE ! ( it is rather big actually )

26-Jan-13 03:46 AM


Wildman    Said...

Great interview Nick. That was great. Really like that product. Thanks

26-Jan-13 04:49 AM


Wildman    Said...

Great interview Nick. That was great. Really like that product. Thanks

26-Jan-13 04:50 AM


G    Said...

Nice interview, well done!

26-Jan-13 04:52 AM


TH    Said...

I thought having all those pads was maybe overkill, but watching the video changed my mind.

Having the 32 step sequencer and traditional 16 pads both available, at the same time, really looks like a winning combo. Can't help thinking 16 pad controllers seem a bit limited now!

Colouring the various scales, to try to make it more useful as an alternative note input device, is also a nice touch.

First main concern would be if the pads are large enough, and have enough space between them, not to make 2 finger drum rolls awkward.

Second main concern would be sensitivity. Most of these types of devices have terrible handling at lower velocities. In the case of something like Maschine, when you turn the sensitivity up to full whack you really get to see how rubbish the manufacturing consistency can be too (some units have pads more sensitive than others etc).

As long as they've got the pad sensitivity right in the hardware, and bundle Live 9 at a good price, then I think they're onto a winner.

Bonus points if they've made it class compliant so it can be used as a MIDI controller outside of Live.

26-Jan-13 05:28 AM


Steve r    Said...

Really great interview.

This looks like a great addition to live.

26-Jan-13 10:38 AM


Rp    Said...

Very informative video altogether, but when the chap made a point of saying 'undosclosed location' at the start of the video that was a bit of a douche moment. Dont know what the head of documentation was trying to convey with that comment. Yeah i know, hyper critical of me. Amazing product which is the important bit

26-Jan-13 03:17 PM


Franco    Said...

I laughed at the whole secrecy of the location thing too, why make a point of saying it.

That aside this guy an amazing demo, really showcases the unit and the workflow versus just talking marketing nonsense. Will be buying one for sure

26-Jan-13 03:34 PM


Lagrange Audio    Said...

OK, if I am to be a little contentious. I have been an Ableton user for what will be 10 years this year. The Push looks great and no doubt will create (or continue to cement) a growing new class of artist. It won't however replace the enormous body of artists who still make music 'the old fashioned way' whether they use Abelton or not. For the record I do use an APC20 (amongst other things).

29-Jan-13 11:31 PM


Giggity    Said...

But how about samples... does it do that like it does instruments? or would i have to go into ableton every time since i use samples more than i do synths etc.... can i load and program vst fx an vsti from outside live also from this device? and are all parameters then available ? I love the alternative way to play melodic notes ! What are the most important things it does NOT do, but one would expect it to do maybe ?

01-Feb-13 06:57 AM


Giggity    Said...

But how about samples... does it do that like it does instruments? or would i have to go into ableton every time since i use samples more than i do synths etc.... can i load and program vst fx an vsti from outside live also from this device? and are all parameters then available ? I love the alternative way to play melodic notes ! What are the most important things it does NOT do, but one would expect it to do maybe ?

01-Feb-13 07:10 AM


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