Push users have been asking, "Standalone when?" Ableton has finally answered with a massive update to their controller. Basically, it lets you step away from the screen and focus on the music itself, which is a nice change of pace. Of course they didn't just stop at standalone. Ableton also threw in full MPE support, more controls, an exandable audio interface, upgradeable hardware, and a new library.
One of the coolest things about the Push is its MPE-enabled pads. These are super responsive to even the slightest movement of your fingers, so you can bend and slide between notes in a really intuitive way. And with 64 of these sensitive pads, there's a lot of room to experiment and find your unique sound.
This new Push has a built-in audio interface too, so you can plug your instruments straight into the device and record into your set. Pretty handy, right?
And here's something else that's cool - it comes with this expansive library of expressive sounds, all designed to work specifically with Push's unique pad movements. That means you get a ton of versatility when it comes to crafting your sound.
In terms of setup, Push is made to be flexible. It can handle everything from sampling records to controlling modular jams to recording your band's rehearsals. And it's designed to work with whatever gear you've got, old or new.
Finally, let's talk about how Push is designed. It's really user-friendly, with easy navigation that lets you focus more on creating and less on fiddling with settings. Plus, it's made to evolve over time, with parts that can be upgraded as technology advances.
If you're interested, there are two versions of Push. The standalone version has a processor, battery, and hard drive so it can work independently for $2k, and there's also a version that connects to your computer for $1k. You can even upgrade from the computer-connected version to the standalone version later on with an upgrade kit.