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Making Music with Ableton Push

with Yeuda Ben-Atar

Video: Welcome

Compose melodies and basslines, arrange music, mix and master your tracks, and perform live—away from the computer—with the colorful, intuitive Ableton Push controller.
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Making Music with Ableton Push
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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.

Topics include:
  • What is Ableton Push?
  • Browsing and loading sounds
  • Programming beats
  • Recording drums in real time
  • Adding quantization and swing
  • Controlling the mixer
  • Controlling Live devices
  • Adding custom LED feedback
  • Step sequencing melodies
  • Browsing and loading third-party plugins
Audio + Music
Ableton Live


(MUSIC). Hi. My name is Yeuda Ben-Atar also known as Psybrain. I'm an educator, performer, and producer, and I want to welcome you to Making Music with Ableton Push. I'm very excited about Ableton Push. The Push is much more than a controller. It will help you compose melodies, (MUSIC), harmonies, bass lines, arrange your music, mix, master. And perform live all without touching or even looking at your computer.

The Push is the first Ableton branded piece of hardware. It offers a very intuitive and fast approach to making music. Although there are a lot pads, knobs and buttons, which at first glance can be confusing, or even daunting. I'm going to show you how everything's actually laid out by doing an overview of the hardware, and showing you how to set up everything in Abelton Live 9. (MUSIC). Then I'll show you how to program beats using the step sequencer.

(MUSIC). I'll also show you how to humanize your beats using features like quantizing, adding swing, and using the repeat button. (MUSIC). We'll explore how to play the push as an instrument, and also covering basic music theory. I'll also show you how to control your Live set from the Push, (MUSIC) and control Live devices. (MUSIC).

Finally, we'll see a few tips and tricks to optimize the workflow and give you other ways to use the Push. Push is a new type of instrument you can learn, even if you never played a musical instrument in your life. Let's explore this exciting piece of hardware in Making Music with Ableton Push.

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