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.
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Free Effects Racks

Free Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter King

 

get your Free Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter King here!

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This effect rack was design was inspired by my friend Rion King when he came to my house to help me with some ideas on Lux Divon Track I was working. Rion made the suggestion to do a beat repeat with while sweeping the frequencies with a filter. I loved the rack design so much that I figured it was time to share them with the world!

Check out Rion Kings Soundcloud page and his release on the Gravitas Recordings Compilation
Virtus In Sonus III

Ableton Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter king are great effects to use for live performance and on your music productions. Drums, Vocals, Synths, anything, yes anything!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Online Ableton Training or Ableton Training in the Austin Texas area from an Ableton Live Certified Trainer

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Using and Recoding Automation in Ableton Live 9

Using and Recording Automation in Ableton Live 9

This Ableton Instruction video by Ableton Live Certified Trainer Jimmy Allison is about using and recording automation in Ableton Live 9. Automation is a very handy tool that can be utilized for both production and performance. New to Ableton Live 9 is the ability to record Automation directly into Live’s session view clips. You can also move clips between session view and arrangement view while maintaining the automation . This video also contains a tips for over dubbing Automation with the Ableton Push and a workflow tip involving using automation on the Ableton utility effect.

 

Over Dubbing Automation in Arrangement view with Ableton Push

This is video is just a quick video to show you how to overdub Automation in Ableton Live using Ableton Push. It can be a bit tricky but basically you need to set the input to non on the track so that the Ableton Push does not arm the track when you select. If the track is armed and you try to record Automation int0 Live’s arrangement view you will also overdub the midi clip. This is a just a quick video demonstrating how to set up Ableton Live’s Arrangement View for overdubbing automation with the Ableton Push.

Jimmy Allison is an Ableton Live Certified training offering private and group lesson online and in the Austin, TX area. Taking private lessons is one of the most cost effective ways of attaining your goals. The lessons will be focused on you and your needs which will greatly reduce your learning curve. Learn at your pace and on your own time. Highly specialized training from an instructor with over 7 years of experience teaching and countless years producing and performing music. Feel free to send a message and receive more info about Ableton Training

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Ableton Live Tutorial Video using Sofstep X and Y

Ableton Live Tutorial Video How to use Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep X/Y Controls

In this Ableton Live tutorial video you will learn how to program the Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep Editor to create an X/Y control of two parameters in Ableton Live. The KMI Softstep is a very versatile midi foot controller that can do many different functions. As well as the X/Y controls on each pad you could also program any of the softstep pads to do Pressure, toggle, trigger, double trigger, hold, and various other ways of interaction with the KMI Softstep pads. In all honesty there are not any midi foot controllers on the market that even come close to the flexibility and durability of the KMI Softstep Midi foot controller. You can even control midi hardware with out a computer if you purchase the optional KMI Midi Expander. The Midi Expender provides midi i/o that can be used to connect the Softstep to midi hardware standalone or with a computer. Thank you for watching I’m an Ableton Live Certified Trainer feel free to leave any questions in the comments below. You can also make any Ableton Live Video Tutorial Requests.
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Ableton Live Tutorial Video warping a Track

Ableton Live tutorial video warping a track

 

In this Ableton Live tutorial video, Certified training Jimmy Allison shares his technique on how to warp a track quickly in Ableton Live. The basic concept of the video is to let Ableton Live do as much of the work for you as possible. After watching this Ableton Live tutorial video and practicing the procedure till it sinks in, you will be able to quickly warp most tracks in a matter of seconds. Even if the track is an organically performed live recording. Feel free to leave any comments below with your questions or any Ableton Live tutorial video topic requests.
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