Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in Live 9.5 for Push 2?, part of Making Music with Ableton Push.
- [Voiceover] Before we start checking out the Push 2 I want to take a moment and go over all the new features that are available from Live 9.5 and above. Although these features are great add-ons for all users, most of these were added to complement the new Push 2 workflow. First, Ableton Live can now automatically color new tracks and if you have any devices with chains, for example an Audio Effect track, it will also color the chains the same color of the track.
This can be turned off from the Preferences menu under the Feel Look tab and right here you can turn it off. The Waveform display is much smoother even while zooming in and out, and recording. There are new volume meters that now include RMS as well as peak level. RMS levels will be displayed with solid green and the peak levels will be displayed with shaded green.
This can give us a better understanding of the overall loudness of a track, since RMS level show perceived loudness. Or in other words, it's a representation of how loud the brain actually thinks it is, compared to peak levels which show the actual peaks and clipping of a track. The biggest update might be the new Simpler which I'll be covering later on. Other updates that do not directly affect the Push workflow are in Simpler, Sampler, Operator, and Auto Filter, we get new Analog-modeled filters.
These filters were designed by Cytomic and were actually taken from his third party plugin The Drop. Cytomic also designed the built-in EQ Eight, and the Glue Compressor. There are four types of analog circuits, they were all taken from actual analog hardware gear. We have OSR which is modeled from the OSCar synth, MS2 which was modeled from the Korg MS-20, PRD which was modeled from the Moog Prodigy, and SMP which is a hybrid between the MS2 and the PRD.
To use the filter simply select one of the circuits, then use the Drive knob to push the filter to add more distortion and harmonics to the sound. Next we also get new Max for Live devices as part of the updated Max for Live Essentials pack. To get the new update simply download and reinstall the Max for Live Essentials pack from your Ableton.com account. The new devices are: MIDIMonitor which will help us monitor incoming and outgoing MIDI data, Arp which is an advanced pattern-based MIDI Arpeggiator with custom parameter sequencing.
Instant Haus which has been updated with more patterns in the style of Breaks. We get three new instruments: bass, it's a monophonic synth with built-in distortion unit designed for bass sounds. Multi, which is a multi-mode synthesizer with six different synth engines. Poli, which is a virtual analog synth designed for classic chords and phrases with built-in chorus and de-tunable oscillators.
And lastly we also get a new Max audio effect Map8. This is a utility macro device for Push and other eight knob controllers. Lastly the core library has been updated with more sounds and drum kits. Now this is a free update for all Live users, so make sure to update to the latest version to take advantage of all these great new features.
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