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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Ableton Live 10 > USING PUSH AS A CREATIVE TOOL WITH ABLETON LIVE


It’s five years since Ableton released Live 9 and Push – which gives Martin Delaney a perfectly good excuse to round up a selection of our favourite Push features and tips!

A bleton Live’s best buddy Push is now five years old, and we’ve rounded up a few tips to mark the occasion. Some of these go back to the original Push, which was released with Live 9, and some relate to Push 2 and Live 10. Given that Push ‘1’ is at such a ripe old age, it’s impressive that Ableton maintain support for it and include it as much as possible in Live 10’s new-feature fun. However, Push 2’s pads are more responsive and in turn more playable and the display provides an informative and good-looking visual interface.


Live and Push are made by the same company, which immediately makes them a better proposition in terms of compatibility and integration. You’re not buying something that could lose technical support at any moment, or that has shipped with incomplete software; you’re buying into a system that will (up to a point), evolve organically over its lifetime; Live 9 certainly did that. Push has progressed successfully over time (I was a bit sceptical when it first arrived – it seemed like a bunch of Novation devices superglued together) but in 2018, it’s now the default way to interact with Live; get yourself a Push, Live 10 Suite, add your favourite audio interface, and you’re good to go.

Most of the functions and tips we’re talking about here apply to both versions, but not all of them. Some are exclusive to Live 10 – if you haven’t got a copy of that, you can always download the demo, it’ll install fine alongside your current version. Push is never going to handle every function that the software has to offer, but it does a good job of representing the ones that most benefit from being brought out into the ‘real world’.

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