Ableton has again partnered with Akai Professional to bring you Push, a new hardware controller for Live 9. Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack alongside your laptop.
Play and sequence beats. 64 pads give you multiple ways to make beats. Play, step sequence, and navigate your loop – all at the same time.
Push Controller Specifications:
» Universal Power Supply: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz with interchangeable heads for North/Central America & Japan, Europe and UK (Type A, C, G).
— Width: 370mm (14.57 inches)
— Depth: 293mm (11.54 inches)
— Height (body): 26mm (1.02 inches)
— Height (body + encoders): 46mm (1.81 inches)
» Weight: 2990g (6.6 pounds)
» USB and/or AC Powered
— USB port
— Power adapter input
— Two assignable footswitch inputs
» Pads: 64 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads; RGB backlighting
» 11 touch-sensitive encoders
» Four line LCD alphanumeric display
» Touchstrip: 12 cm touch strip for pitch bend/scrolling
» 24 LEDs for navigation
A new way to play notes and chords. Play in every key using the same finger patterns. Move between keys at the touch of a button. Explore new harmonies and phrases across 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads.
Improvise and play with song structure. Capture all of your musical ideas. Duplicate and create variations. Trigger, re-arrange, and create new combinations. Capture everything you play with Push’s unique recording workflow. Overdub new notes or create variations of phrases, moving quickly between your song materials with just a few buttons. After you’ve created ideas, switch to another mode to try them out in various combinations. When you’re ready to get into arranging, detailed editing, and exporting your finished song, switch from Push to your computer to find your music already laid out in Ableton Live – the software that was powering your work the whole time. Push gives you the best of both worlds for making music: inspiring hardware for hands-on control at the beginning, and full-featured music creation software for fine-tuning the details at the end.
If you’re familiar with Live, Push complements what you already know. Live runs in the background, filling your Set with clips and scenes as you create with Push. You can switch between Push and Live when you’re ready to finalize your song, and you’ll find all of your song materials ready for you in Live’s Session View. Push is also the ultimate performance controller, with pads that can be instantly repurposed into a clip launching grid. And Live’s tight integration with Max for Live lets you customize Push for your own working style, or reprogram it to add new features and workflows.
Ableton’s Push costs €499 and will be available soon.