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Imagine making digital music without having to touch or even look at your computer. The future is here with the Ableton Push, which allows you to compose melodies and basslines, make beats, arrange music, mix and master your tracks, and perform live—all from an intuitive, touch-sensitive interface. Join author and DJ Yeuda Ben-Atar, aka Side Brain, for an introduction to creating and performing music with Push.
First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.
Push is not only a composition tool. But it's also a mixing tool. I'd like to show you how to control Live's mixer using the encoders and the display section. I have 9 tracks loaded up with different sounds. First, I'll focus on the display section. All these different buttons will change the display view. Let's start with the volume display. This will display the tracks volume and label. You can change the volume from the top encoders.
If you have more that 8 tracks in your live set you can switch to the Session mode using the Session button. And use the left and right navigation buttons to change the focus of the push. So basically you can have as many tracks as you want and still have full control over your set. See the colored square in your session view live for indication of where you are. Now, let's look at the pan and send button. This button will switch the display to show all the panning for all the tracks in the our live set. Just like you did with the volume, you can change the top encoders to change the panning of each track.
The panning display changes to send A Once you hit it again, and with each additional button press, the display and controls will control to the next send value. (SOUND) Notice that you only see the sends that correspond to your return tracks. So if you have two return tracks, you only see send A. And send B. If you want to control the track volume, the pan, and sense at the same time, you can use the track display.
The display will change to show the select a track parameters, and you can change them using the top encoders. Use the selection controls, to quickly switch between different tracks. I'm going to adjust all the volumes and all the pannings of our tracks to get a balanced mix. I'm going to hit the Play button, switch to the volume display. Navigate all the way to the left, and start adding the kick and snare. (MUSIC) I don't want to add too much volume, because we have a lot of elements we can mix together, and we don't want to get the master track peaking.
Let's add the hat. Some percussion, some bass, little vox, pads (MUSIC) mid-sound. And turn on the vocals.
Let's just adjust the panning, for the hats, and percussion. (MUSIC) Shake here. I am going to leave the base in the middle. (MUSIC). And we can also use this encoder to change the master volume. And note that, on touch encoder to see the master volume becuase they all touch encoders. (MUSIC) The quickly toggle one of the display modes, press and hold the Display control.
Once you release, it will return to the previous selected display mode. So if you're adjusting pan, but quickly want to adjust the volume of one of the tracks, you can press and hold the volume control. And once you release it, it will revert back to descend and pan. If you look at the state controls, you can switch the controls from mute (SOUND) to stop clips, to solo. (SOUND) To sort on multiple tracks hold one and select the rest. If you want to delete tracks press and hold the Delete button and hit one of the Track Selection Controls.
Lets say the Shaker. (SOUND). To jump to the master track, simply hit the master button. In addition to being a great song and writing composition tool. Push is also a highly capable mixing and mastering tool. With hands on control and visual feedback.
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