Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the melodic step sequencer and 64-pad mode, part of Ableton Push: Making Music.
- [Voiceover] Before the Push 2, Ableton added…more features to the Push 1 which are…now also available on the Push 2.…First, in drum rack mode, if you have more than 16 samples…loaded up to the drum rack, you can never get to the…different banks using the touch strip or the octave button.…But now you can also hit the Layout button…which will switch the Push to 64 pad mode.…We no longer see the sequencer, but instead…we control 64 pads out of the drum rack…and not only 16 at a time.…
(percussive electronic music)…On the Push 1, simply click the Note button…when focusing on a drum rack to toggle between…the drum rack sequencer and 64 pad mode.…Next, we have a melodic sequencer.…When loading an instrument, Push will switch to note mode.…By default, we can choose a scale…and start playing some chords and melodies,…but we can also click the Layout button…to switch to the melodic sequencer.…
Here you can input individual notes…to form a melodic sequence.…The top row of pads will change the length of the sequence.…I'm gonna double-tap the first pad to create half a bar.…
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
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.