Ableton Live 9.5, Push 2… and Push 1!

Today sees a big update to both Ableton’s Live software, and also it’s hardware controller, Push.

There have been numerous posts, reviews and tutorials posted today about the new Push hardware, so I don’t want to repeat what has already been very much talked about. So let’s take a different angle: what happens if you’ve only just bought Push 1, or have no intention of purchasing the second incarnation? Don’t panic, Ableton haven’t forgotten you – they are to continue supporting the original Push “wherever possible in the future”. That being said, if you do want to trade up, Ableton are offering a 30% discount on Push 2 when your original units is returned to them, how kind!

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Here are some of my favourite workflow improvements for Push 1:

Being able to load VST/Audio units directly from the unit

This was always a bug bear up to this point – the workaround being to create a rack from your VST and save it as a preset. You could then load the rack directly from Push, but it was a little bit of a faff. Now you can access not only instruments directly, but also presets (AU only).

Being able to save the scale setting with your Live set

With each new restart of Live, Push would forget which scale you’re working with – no more!

Access Places and therefore your samples from Push

The Push 2 controller

This is a big one! You can now directly access folders from the Places section of the Browser. A big selling point of Push 2 is it’s audio sample manipulation controls using the new updated Simpler device as an engine, but this can be done in Push 1 also, although the implementation isn’t quite as thorough. Nevertheless, it’s a big step forward from Live 9.2, and means that even less time has to be spent staring at the screen during the creative process.

Auditioning samples and Live instrument sounds

Another small enhancement with big workflow implications. Anything you can audition directly in Live’s browser can be auditioned using Push, which might not seem like much, but previously upon loading an instrument and not liking the sound, the instrument would have to be swapped out incurring a short loading time.