What you need to know about Push 2 and Live 9.5

Today Ableton made two huge announcements.  It isn’t every day Ableton makes new product announcements so as you can imagine the Ableton community is humming with excitement. In Berlin at a keynote presentation the Push 2 and Live 9.5 were revealed to the public.  Here’s what you need to know:

1. Push 2 has been redesigned and reengineered 

Unlike Push 1 that was made by AKAI, the new Push has been reengineered and redesigned entirely by Ableton. Push 2 has a beautiful new full-color high-resolution display and brand new pads and encoders that allow for greater playability and expression during performance.  The new Push is available for $999 CAD.  Push 1 users can trade-in their old Push and receive a 30% discount off their new Push 2.  Ableton will donate the old Pushes with full licenses for Live to educational institutions, giving young aspiring musicians who otherwise would not have the opportunity to use Push and Live to use them.  

2. Push 2 is a next-level sampler

Push 2's new display works seemlessly with the new Simpler update in Live 9.5. Simpler now has three different modes (classic, one-shot and slicing) allowing you to program beats, melodies, harmonies, slice, time stretch and warp samples in real time without taking your hands or eyes off the Push.

Simpler in Live 9.5

Simpler in Live 9.5

3. Push 2 utilizes Live 9.5, which is a free update for Live 9 users

The new update to Live 9.5 is free. You can get it now from Ableton.com.  New features include updated meters that show both peak and RMS values and new waveform displays, which show more detail when zoomed in real tight.  While you're at it make sure you grab Max for Live 7, if you haven't already.

New waveforms up close

New waveforms up close

4.  Live 9.5 has a host of new filters

The new filters, which are built by Cytomic (makers of the Live Glue Compressor) are included in all built-in Ableton Plugins.  I tried the new filter circuits and let me tell you they sound great.  The ability to drive the filters really distorts and saturates your sound adding interesting effect and color.  The Clean filter circuit option is a high-quality, CPU efficient design that is the same as the filters used in EQ Eight.  The OSR filter option is a state variable filter type with resonance limited by a unique hard clipping diode modelled off the filters in the vintage OSC OSCar synthesizer.  The MS2 filter option uses a Sallen-Key and soft clipping to limit resonance.  It is available in highpass and lowpass mode.  It is modelled off the classic Korg MS20 synthesizer.  The PRD circuit is based on the ladder filter base to emitter diode resistance to bipolar transistors found in the Minimoog.  The Filter has no resonance limiting which allows the filter to self-oscillate.  The SMP designed filter is not based on any particular hardware but shares characteristics of the MS2 and PRD filters. Finally, the Morph filter allows users to sweep through lowpass, bandpass, highpass and notch filters.

5. Link

Although the Link isn’t yet available it will be soon.  Link will allow Live users to wirelessly find other Live users to sync up, share tempo and clock information. 

6.  M4L Essentials 2 Pack 

Max For Live users can take advantage of a new set of simple streamlined synths in the M4L Essentials 2 Pack which are based on classic instruments and named: Bass, Poli and Multi.   Bass is a virtual analog monosynth designed for deep, rumbling and distorted bass sounds.  Poli is a versatile polyphonic that excels at making strings, pads, chords and stab sounds. It’s character comes from it's analog modelled design, de-tunable oscillators, diverse modulation sections and a built in chorus. Multi is a synth that features 6 synth engines in a single device. It has 8 knobs, 4 of the knobs change the parameters, depending on which of the selected modes you are in. The global controls are Mode, Attack, Release and Volume that can be controlled directly from Push for maximum tweakability.

M4L Bass

M4L Bass

M4L Poli

M4L Poli

M4L Multi

M4L Multi

7.  Push Core I Online Course

If you're new to Push or want to take your Push skills to the next level Beat Drop can help.  Learn to produce, create, sample, arrange and mix with Ableton's flagship instrument in a 6-week online course taught by Ableton Certified Trainer Mitch Lee starting in January. Register online.