In the last video we learned how to step sequence automation. Now we’ll learn the nuances of the Push2’s User Mode as well as how to use the touch strip as a crossfader for DJing.
The Push2’s user mode allows for the use of custom midi mappings. This is useful for live scenarios when you want specific parameters to always be mapped to the same buttons on the Push2. You can toggle in and out of User Mode, by pressing the User button, but this will switch off regular functionality until User Mode is existed.
In order for User Mode to work, we need to enable the Push2 to be used in Ableton Live’s Midi Preferences Midi Ports.
To send notes and remotely control Ableton Live (aka midi map a parameter), we need both Track and Remote enabled for our Push2’s input. To receive LED feedback that our remote control of Ableton was successful, we need to enable Remote for the Output of our Push2.
The user Port on Windows is called Ableton Push2 (Port 2), but is just called Ableton Push2 (User Port) on Mac OS.
To map a software button or knob to a hardware button or knob, first press the Midi button in the right corner of the screen. This allows for midi mapping for any parameter that is highlighted in blue. Click on the desired parameter in Ableton, then touch the destination button or knob on the Push2.
When mapping knobs with the Push2 in User Mode, use the Relative (lin 2’s Comp.) Scaling. That’s the 2nd option from the bottom. Turning knobs is much smoother in this scaling.
We can also use the Push2’s touch strip as a crossfader.
- First let’s make sure Live is ready for a crossfader to be mapped. Obviously we’ll need to click the X (below io button, to the right of fader on master track) to view the crossfader and the decks along the bottom of the tracks.
- But then we’ll need to assign a track to deck A and a track to Deck B. Now we can enter midi map mode in Ableton and map the touch strip to the software crossfader.
- The only problem is that when you let go of the touch strip, the crossfader will snap back to the center because a pitch bend will always snap to the center.
- To avoid this behavior we’ll need to “ride” the user button. Exit user mode back to the normal push functionality. Then re-enter User Mode, but don’t release the user mode button yet. Move the touch strip where you want it, then release the user mode button while still holding the touch strip position.
- Once you exit user mode, you can then release your finger from the touch strip. By doing this, the crossfader will “stick” at your desired position.
Here’s another few details to consider when in User Mode.
-You can’t midi map the User button
-Turning a knob will send a CC value, but tapping a knob will send a midi note, which can be both mapped separately
-The 8×8 pad grid which send note values, good for toggling parameters
-All other buttons send 0 OR 127 CC values, which can be useful momentary switches
Mapped buttons will light up when the parameter in Ableton is turned on. If you want LED feedback from playing notes in User Mode;
1. We’ll first need to enable the Track Output for the Push2’s user port in our midi preferences.
2. Then create a blank midi track, change its input to the Push2’s user port, set the monitoring to In.
3. Then change that midi track’s output to the Push2’s user port.
4. Pads will light up when you press them and change color based on velocity.
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