Watch: Ableton Push out to reinvent the MPC

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You say controller, Ableton says all-new instrument. Overnight, Ableton revealed the details of a new version, Live 9, along with a custom controller for the software called Ableton Push. While there’s a range of controllers you can use with the software, this is Ableton’s own baby, and it’s looking impressive. The company partnered with Akai, the creators of the ubiquitous APC40 controller, to come up with a slick-looking device featuring 64 ‘pressure-sensitive’ multi-colour pads to play, sequence and manipulate rhythm patterns. The involvement of Akai, whose experience stretches back to the original MPC, is sure to please the Ableton sceptics.

In the words of Ableton: “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.” Ableton Live 9 is expected ‘in the first quarter of 2013’, with a host of new features explained in the second video we’ve posted below. The new package also includes 3500 new sounds to get busy with.

Ableton Push also has a demo video to go with it, but it’d be fun to see a controller whiz like Madeon have a go for our entertainment. After all, he described himself as best-known for “pressing lighting pads” in an interview with DJ Mag this week. The top-rated YouTube comment right now is “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”, but will you be waving your credit card in Ableton’s direction too?

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