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Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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Ableton Questions

Questions about Authorizing & Installing Ableton?

Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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Beginner Ableton Questions? We all start somewhere

Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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Ableton and your computer?

Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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Organizing your Ableton Projects?

Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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Ableton and Midi Controllers?

Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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Ableton Instruments?

Controllers

Category: Controllers
The Ableton Push and Push2 are custom midi controllers instruments developed by Ableton to specifically work with Ableton Live. The Ableton Push (Gen 1) came out the at the same time Ableton 9 was released in March 2013. According to what was written on the back of the box that the Push came in “Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of of Melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts all of the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack.”

The concept is how could you write electronic music on a computer without using a mouse.

Ableton furthered this concept with the release of the Push2 and Live 9.5 in Nov 2015. The Push2 has several improvements. One obvious addition is a colored screen instead of an LED screen. But the pads are more sensitive, the buttons are more recessed so it feels smoother to the touch, and the menus on the screen are just more intuitive to navigate.

Image taken from Andri Søren youtube channel.

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Category: Controllers
Our opinion is the Push2. It’s built by Ableton for Ableton.

However, since Ableton Live supports almost any MIDI controller on the market, that is more of an opinionated question. That’s like asking what is the best car? It depends.

It really depends on what your use is for it and your workflow. Are you looking for something more for production or for live performance? Also it’s very useful just to have a plain old piano keyboard around too.

Want to know more about controllers? —> See the linked FAQ below

What MIDI controllers work with Ableton?

Tags: Push 2, Push2
Ableton Live will work with any midi controller, however here are 10 really good ones that we love.

Ableton Push 2
Novation Launchpad Pro
Akai APC40 MKII
Akai Professional Advance 49
Arturia Keylab 49
Akai MPK Mini MKII 25
Native Instruments Machine MK3
DJTechTools Midi Fighter 3D
DJTechTools Midi Fighter Twister
Novation LaunchControl XL

Category: Controllers
It depends on your workflow. The Push2 is a great controller for in the studio as well as performing on stage. If your workflow is more like a traditional DJ where you would need a crossfader (the Push2 can work as a crossfader) BUT you want to “crab”, the APC40MK2 is a solid option.

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