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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Apr-18 > Using Push as a creative tool with ABLETON LIVE

Using Push as a creative tool with ABLETON LIVE

It’s five years since Ableton released Live 9 and Push – which gives Martin Delaneya 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 them 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.

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