Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Controlling Live devices, part of Ableton Push: Making Music.
With everton push its very easy to control every parameter of a live device. If it's an instrument media effect or audio effect push can control it. I've loaded up an auto filter effect on the lead track. Click the device button to change the display to show all of the devices on the currently focused track. Right now we only have the auto filter. You can select the device you want to edit using the selection controls. And you can turn on and off the device using the state control.
The display we show us, key parameters from within the device. You probably noticed the push only displaying eight parameters. And most devices have much more than eight. To see all the parameters, hit the in button. To go back, hit the out button. Once you hit the in button, the selection controls will allow to change between the different sections of the device. In our case, you can see the filter, filter extra and side chain categories.
Let's load another effect, the cause of the phaser audio effect preset to the vocals. So first I'm going to go to volume. I'm going to navigate to my vocals. Hit the add effect. Navigate to audio effect track. Modulation and rhythm and load the course oval phrasal with the load button. Exit browse mode, and now if we hit device, we can see, we have it loaded up in a vocal track. If you're using Rex with parent chains, you can navigate to the different chains in a similar manner.
If you're using Rex, chances are you are also using microcontrols. Note that is a microcontrol is mapped to a parameter, that parameter cannot be changed from a device, but only from the microcontrols. So if we look at the device we just loaded, we have all the micro controls, and if we hit the in button we can see the different pattern chains. When I hit them, we can also see the focus in live change. To delete devices hold the delete button and select a device.
Let's go out. Hold the Delete, and hit the device. Feel free to add as many audio and media effects as you'd like. Remember that on audio tracks, you can only add audio effects. The device display on the push is useful not only for pushing and mixing, but also for live performance. Every time you are focusing on a different track, the device display will change to represent the devices that are on that track. If you want to lock the push to a single device, right-click on the device. Of other tracks while still maintaining control over your master effect. Let me show you an example.
I'm going to first unlock the auto filter. Now let's go to our master track. I'm going to add effect. Navigate to audio effect rack. Let's go to performance I'm deejaying. And I'm going to load deejay master channel. Now, in Live, I'm going to right click on the device, and lock the control surface. Once I go to device, we can see all the microcontrols in our deejay master channel, audio effect rack. And if I navigate to other tracks, even though they have effects on them I'm still focusing, or locked, on my audio effect track, in a master track. So, it doesn't matter how complicated your device and reacts are, you can control all of them 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.
- What is Ableton Push?
- What's new in the Push 2?
- Comparing Push 1 and Push 2
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 04/29/2016. What changed?
A: Ableton released the new Push controller, Push 2. We added eight tutorials covering the new hardware and its integration with Ableton Live 9.5.