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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JackT said on the 26th Oct, 2012

Yeah, he likes these things.


josh_goods said on the 26th Oct, 2012

any 16 year old that can afford to buy all that stuff is going to be fine. just fine.


Citizen said on the 28th Oct, 2012

Sorry to be pedantic, but the phrase 'out to reinvent the MPC' is not really true.

Push seems to take more inspiration from the Maschine workflow and Ableton's own Session view, than the actual MPC - despite Akai being a partner with Ableton for Push.

I'll shut up now - I just sound like a fucking nerd.

Anyway, Push looks incredible - hopefully it will be all its cracked up to be. Exciting times!


JackT said on the 28th Oct, 2012

Fair 'nuff, Citizen. I was kind of expecting that :)


Citizen said on the 30th Oct, 2012

No worries Jack - your writing is by far the most informative and thought-provoking on this site.

Just finished reading the 'light-shows' article - I wish more of the writing on ITM was like that.


tazz505 said on the 1st Nov, 2012

curved automation? fuck yes.


Heist9000 said on the 4th Nov, 2012

You can record clip modulation... For this reason alone, i will be getting on-board


polite_society said on the 5th Nov, 2012

I like the idea of moving as much of the general workflow of these programs out into the real world as possible.
The idea of being able to work with the flexibility of software combined with the immediacy of hardware makes exciting things happen in my pants.


polite_society said on the 5th Nov, 2012

Also really surprised that live didn't have recordable or curved automation before this it's such a fundamental thing for most DAWs i've used.