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What is New about the New Ableton Push?

What is New about the New Ableton Push?

With a simple glance, you might miss the difference between the old push and the new push. Yes, a new Ableton push is here with us. Although it seems like the same old rectangular grid with the same color schemes, this new push is reasonably impressive.

Well, although this new Ableton has managed to keep the same basic layout as the original, there are certain details and form layouts that have been improved. From software mixing and functionality to hardware refinement, everything is pretty much exciting and impressive beyond doubt.

To help you spot the difference, continue reading. Although the weight and size are almost the same, each surface feels more precise. The new push is clearly classier, making it pop-out above any other hardware in the industry. Also the new push has a very eye catching display; apart from been a touch screen display, the graphic illustrating the concepts are too elegant to ignore.

In addition to this, the new push will keep running, even when your power cord is tampered with. When operating the push 2 you will also realize that it lacks hardware MIDI. However, if you need MIDI connections, you can have your push connected to a computer and a different MIDI interface.

With the above, Ableton Push 2 is clearly more fun to play with. Unlike the first push which was too sensitive and a bit stiff, the new push pads are softer to touch. Whether it is feathery gentle or finger drumming hard the pads respond to the slightest changes in force

That said, the desire to make music with Ableton is greater at the moment. Push gives you everything you need. In fact, it is the best of everything. It is not only powerful but also an expressive instrument that gives its users a hands-on control of unlimited palette of sounds. The best part about Abletone Push is the fact that it can give you all that without needing to look at a computer.

However, making music with Ableton Push is not easy. First, you need to know that Push was designed to be used at a particular phase in the music making process. Fact is, Push is designed for MIDI based material which involves playing and editing support for MIDI clips. However, if you are using audio clips to either aoture and/or play material you can look at an Ableton Push Tutorial. The tutorial will guide you and help you set up, configure as well as automate the desired effects.

Why Make Music with Ableton Push?

  • With push, you can play and manipulate samples by either slicing samples across the pads, or warping samples to match your song, or just playing one hit after another.
  • With push you will get to access to all audio units and plugins. This is to say that you can use push to browse, load or preview your sounds, first hand.
  • Push lets you mix and refine your music by sending immediate feedback on the display screen
  • Whether at home, on stage or at the studio, you can play and perform by improvising drums, notes, chords and so on thanks to Push.
  • Push is exciting, inviting and above all playable.



Randall Holmes is a music producer and a part time DJ. Randall says with Ableton Push Tutorial, he has learned a lot about the music making process. Visit his blog for music production tips, song writing tips and many more.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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