In addition to announcing Ableton Live 9, Ableton today announded Push – a new hardware instrument designed to solve an old problem: how to make a song from scratch.
Ableton describes Push as “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.”
Ableton Push looks a lot like existing Live controllers, like the LaunchPad or APC40, but it has some unique features:
- The pads are velocity and pressure sensitive;
- The encoders are touch-sensitive;
- It includes a 4-line contextual alphanumeric display;
- A touchstrip is included for expression and navigation; and
- It includes 24 navigation LEDs
Here’s a video into for Ableton Push:
Ableton Push Key Features:
- 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive multi-color pads can be used to play, step sequence, and navigate within rhythm patterns – all at the same time.
- 11 touch-sensitive endless encoders can control device parameters, adjust velocity, nudge timing and more.
- Play melodies and chords – Push “folds” a keyboard’s worth of notes into its 64 pads, with different pad colors showing the key center and other notes in the key. The symmetrical pad grid means melody and chord patterns can be played using the same fingerings in every key, and key changes happen at the touch of a button.
- Improvise and play with song structure: 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.
Here’s a look at playing melodies and chords with Push:
Here’s a look at improvising with loops with Push:
Ableton Push can also be used for sound editing:
Push is expected to be available in 2013 Q1, for $599 USD/499 EUR. Push includes Ableton Live 9 Intro and works with any edition of Ableton Live 9 (Intro, Standard, Suite). See the site for details.