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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 Appropriate for all
If you're a premium member of lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. Let me show you what I've included. There are folders for chapter two, three, and four, within each folder of the live sets I've provided for each individual video. There is not a live set for every video, but only when appropriate. Ableton Push can only be used with Ableton Live 9. Additionally, I build this course using sounds that are available for all versions of Ableton live, Intro, Standard and Suite.
To follow along with the exercise files, download these four Live packs, Designer Drums, Digi-Caching I, Loopmasters Mix Tape, and Unnatural Selection. These packs are available to you with your abelton.com account for all versions of Live. If you don't own Ableton Live, you can download a fully functional trial version for 30 days from the Ableton website. If you'd like to have the same file to walk along with me, I encourage you to download them. Each file will be in the same starting state as the one I'm using in the video. If you are a monthly member or an annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files.
But you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. So, let's start making music with Ableton Push.