Ableton Push 2 and Live 9.5

Ableton Push 2 and Live 9.5 is here!!

Exciting times are here!  Not only has Ableton released the Ableton Push 2, but also a new software update, Ableton Live 9.5.  This is an overview of some of the newer features of this awesome device.  The Ableton Push 2 has a number of cosmetic and ergonomic upgrades as compared to the original Push.  Most notable is a larger Full Color Display, which provides more in-depth feedback and control over Ableton Live.

Ableton Push 2 Display

Physically a number of controls have been moved for better ergonomics and feel on the Ableton Push 2. The Master Volume knob has been moved away from the main macros, which will help to avoid accidentally adjusting the Master Volume.

Ableton Push 2 Master Volume

The octave controls are now where the navigation button used to be, which is really handy when playing instruments.  Also the navigation Ableton Push 2 Octave button has been moved closer to the add track, add device and browse buttons; which is nice because you can now also use the nav button to navigate the browser when in browse mode.

The Master button will now toggle between the master bus and last selected track.  Both the mute and solo select buttons have been moved to the left next to an additional button, Stop Clip.  When you hold down the Stop Clip button, you can then use the row of buttons just below the display to stop the clip in its corresponding track. Holding down shift and then pressing stop clip will stop all clips.

Just below the Mute, Solo, and Stop Clip Buttons, a Convert button has been added. The convert button will change the current clip or instrument into a different format.  This means that when you record an audio clip and then press Convert on the Ableton Push 2, it will convert the audio clip into Simpler.  After doing some editing in Simpler, you can press the Convert button again to convert the Simpler clip into a drum rack.Ableton Push 2 Convert

The User Mode button is now on the top right, this will be nice for people using user scripts or custom mapping, because you can quickly locate the button and switch in and out of user modes.   Next to the User button, a Setup button has been added.  In Setup mode, you can quickly switch between scene and clip workflow, adjust the brightness, and adjust the feel of the pads, using 3 levels of control sensitivity, gain, and dynamics.  This will help you really dial in your personal feel on the pads.  Everyone has their own preferences, and now it is easier than ever to make the pads respond exactly how you want.

The USB input has been recessed which will prove to be a more reliable connection.  Ableton Push 2 feels a little light but still very solid.  Besides the new layout and the new buttons, you will find the real power of the Ableton Push 2 when you dive in and start working with Ableton Live.

In Clip Mode, you can now see the wave form of audio clips, and have access to a number of clip controls including zoom and loop position. You can even change the Warp modes without touching the mouse.

The Ableton Push 2 workflow with Simpler also allows for editing without the mouse.  You can press Add Device,  use the navigation pad to select A sample, choose between 3 different modes, change the warping, and much more; all without leaving your device.  With the new full color menu screen, there are a lot of features you can work with straight from the Ableton Push 2.  This allows for a much more fluid workflow, as you’re not having to go from device to keyboard and back again.

Ableton Live 9.5 Simpler

With Ableton Push 2, you can now open and close racks and grouped tracks by pressing the button below the display that corresponds to the group or rack.  It’s as easy as that.  Pressing the Mix button will allow you to quickly adjust volumes, pans and sends;  and pressing the Device button will give you access to the devices.

When the device is selected and you press the same button again, you will be in Full Device Mode.  The buttons above and below the display will be dedicated to the selected device, so you can easily change banks and modify all the parameters in the device.  Press the button named for the device, which is located on the top left, to exit the Full Device Mode.  You will still have access to whichever bank was last selected, plus be able to navigate your set.

Ableton-Push-2-Angle

As you can see, the buttons are developed to be self explanatory and intuitive.  This really allows for a smooth workflow and a pleasurable production experience.  This is just a small example of what the new Ableton Push 2 can do.  With the improved layout and powerful features, this really does need to be the next addition to your production arsenal.  Once you see how well this has improved the music making experience, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.  Welcome to the new standard, brought to you by the Ableton Push 2.

For more information and to download live 9.5 or purchase Ableton Push 2 go to the Ableton website. https://www.ableton.com/

Check out some of my Videos on Youtube Channel, I get into some of the features of the Ableton Push 2 and Live 9.5.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7uTKC4Mrimtr2_5WFSktlQ

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