Yeah the software of Live 10 brings some cool features… but… we also have some rad improvements to the Push. In this article, we are going to be talking about Live 10 and the new features added to the Push.
Push 2 Live 10 Features
One of the biggest new Features in the update is the 32-step sequencer. When Ableton gave us the Melodic sequencer update in Live 9.1 I was excited. Playing with it over time I realized there were so many things I couldn’t do. It didn’t quite have some of the functions I needed when sequencing melody. It’s great for baselines, but that is about it. Well… Ableton fixed that with the 32-step sequencer.
The new Note Layout Mode on the push gives you a 32-step sequencer on the top half of the pad matrix and 32 notes on the bottom half. You can press pads in the lower section to select which notes to add via the step sequencer, in the upper section. Users can see, add, and remove pitches from steps by holding the respective pads.
In otherwords, you can play a chord and then press one pad on the sequencer to add that chord. Wow… this is a game changer. Here is the official Ableton video on the new 32-step sequencer.
Ableton Live also gives us some added functions which speed up your workflow.
Workflow Improvements with Live 10 and Push:
- Introduced a root level ‘Collections’ folder for color labels/collections in the Push 2 browser in Live 10. This prevents other important root level items like ‘User Files’ from being pushed off the screen by many Collection Labels.
- It is now possible to convert audio to MIDI from Push, using the Convert button.
- It is now possible to crop MIDI clips from Push 2.
Packs and Ableton Push
One unexpected thing I saw with Push and Live 10 was how Packs work. I can tell that the team at Ableton is really thinking on the design of packs and how they can take advantage of the different layouts in Drum Racks. I made this walkthrough video to give you a look at the new Drum Booth Live Pack coming with Live 10.
If you are interested in learning more about the features of Push 2 and what you can do with it, check out the Push Courses at Beatdrop.ca
One thing Ableton is really good at with all their updates is adding little improvements. At first, they might not seem like a big deal, but it really adds up to create an easy to use environment. Along with that Ableton has added some improvements to how they use the LCD screen on the Push 2. Here is a list of the things I have seen so far:
- Redesigned the Filter Envelope, LFO Envelope, and Pitch Envelope banks for Operator on Push 2, and added a visualization to the Envelopes.
- Visualization of filter bands was added to EQ Eight on Push 2.
- Added a new parameter layout and a graphical representation of the Activity View to Compressor on Push 2.
- Notes are now shown in Push 2’s Clip Mode, when a MIDI clip is selected. The velocity of each note is also indicated by the note’s opacity.
- Visualization of the Wavetable Synth
Learning more about Push 2
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