April 8 - Intro to Ableton Push


Intro to Ableton Push

Ableton Push is a purpose-build pad controller and control surface for Ableton Live. It features 64 x multicolor backlit velocity/pressure-sensitive pads, LCD display, modulation touch strip, and other dedicated controls for controlling Ableton Live.

I used Push heavily in the studio context to create my most recent album and I also am using it as my primary controller for my 2014 live shows. In this intro talk, I'll be giving an overview of Ableton Push including covering overall function, drum mode, notes mode, sequencing, recording, controlling session view, user mode, controlling devices parameters, using third party plugins and more. I'll do a brief performance with the Push as well so you can wrap your head around how you might use this in the live context.

Bring Your Push, Laptop, Headphones

If you own a Push and would be willing to bring it along with your laptop and a set of headphones let me know as it would be great to have a more at the meetup to offer some hands-on time for members.

Give Away Drawing

I contacted Ableton Inc. and let them know we were doing a Push themed meetup and they were kind enough to send me some laptop bags and shirts. We'll have a drawing at the end of the night for these items.

Schedule for the night:

7:00-7:30 Welcome + Order Up Food and Drink

7:30-8:15 Intro to Ableton Push + Q&A: an overview of Ableton's grid controller by Mark Mosher

8:15-8:30 Group Intros

8:30-9:25 Network and Hands-on

9:25-9:30 Giveaways, Wrap-up,  and settle-up

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  • Rick R.

    The Push presentation has inspired me to finally learn how to use my Akai APC-20 properly.

    1 · April 9

    • Mark M.

      Actually, I'm glad to hear that. The Push is manufactured by Akai, and I think the APC-20 and APC-40 are super useful, especially for mixing.

      1 · April 9

  • Buzz M. R.

    Mark and Mike...you guys did a MARVELOUS set of presentations that were quite informative, educational, AND VERY inspiring!! MUCH appreciated by both Linda and myself. (;->) Thanks a bunch!! We also enjoyed the usual socializing and 'thought-exchangings'...­.a most WONDERFUL meetup evening! Buzz

    1 · April 9

  • Michael H.

    Mark Mosher did an excellent presentation of some of the capabilities of the Push controller, and Mike Metlay's discussion of Isomorphic keyboards was also great and kindled a lot of interest in that topic. Thanks also to Ableton for donating some cool giveaway prizes!

    1 · April 9

  • Michael L.

    Informative and fun as usual!

    1 · April 9

  • Mike M.

    It was great to take part, and as always, I thank you all for letting me ramble. Isomorphic keyboard design has always been a big interest of mine and I've played a couple of prototype instruments that never made it into production -- the Riday T-91, http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery...­ , lived at my house for a few weeks -- and it was great to explain the ideas involved in the context of an instrument that anyone can try. By the way, iOS users can experiment with isomorphic keyboards cheaply or for free with Hexachrom and expressionPad and probably some others as well.

    1 · April 9

  • Michael N.

    Love Ableton So Far, re-prioritized my purchases to put the PUSH first.

    1 · April 8

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