Ableton has announced the release of Push 2, a new version of the controller for Ableton Live.

Making music is hard. To stay in the flow, you need to be able to capture your ideas quickly, and you need technology to stay out of the way. Computers make it possible for one person to create whole worlds of sound. But instruments are where inspiration comes from.

Push gives you the best of everything. It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.

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Push 2 features

  • Large multicolor display — Push’s crisp and colorful new display adapts to show what you need and keep you in the creative flow. Library navigation, sample waveforms, effects parameters, and mixer levels are instantly visible on the display and tweakable via the touch-sensitive encoders.
  • Sampling workflows — Push now has fast and flexible sampling workflows that let you slice samples across the pads and play back single hits and timestretched samples. Create looping instruments on the fly, chop up drum kits from recordings, or play longer rhythmic samples back in tempo – all without taking your hands off Push.
  • More musical and expressive pads — Push’s new pads have been carefully redesigned to feel just right for musicians of all kinds. Softer, smoother, and more responsive, they provide the perfect playing experience for creating beats and melodies.

Push 2 is available for purchase for 699 EUR. Owners of a Push 1 can return the Push unit and save up to 30% on a Push 2.

Ableton has also updated its Live music production software to version 9.5, and introduced Link, a technology that keeps devices in time over a wireless network.

Ableton Live 9.5

Live 9.5 brings everything from workflow enhancements to audio improvements.

Simpler has been completely rebuilt with a new interface, warping, slicing, and new analog-modeled filters, which have also been added to Sampler, Operator, and Auto Filter. Improved waveforms and meters give you a better look at the details of your music.

And coming soon, a new technology called Link which works under the hood, allowing you to instantly play in perfect sync with multiple instances of Live as well as a growing number of iOS apps.

Ableton Live 9.5 is available for download for registered Live 9 users.

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