Ableton Push 2

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Key specs

Included audio software
Ableton Live Intro
Programmable drum pads
Yes
Hot cues
Yes
Sampler
No
Filters
Yes

Pros and cons

According to our MIDI controller expert
  • Because the Push 2 is designed for Ableton, the controller integrates completely with the software.
  • Edit your samples and instruments in no time, by seeing the sound waves on the color screen.
  • The MIDI controller has touch-sensitive RGB pads that feel softer and react faster than those of comparable controllers.
  • The MIDI controller only works if you connect the device to your computer and Ableton.
Product Expert MIDI controllers

Description

With the Ableton Push 2, you can control Ableton Live in the studio or on stage. The MIDI controller integrates perfectly with Ableton, enabling you to control all instruments, samplers, and effects with the push buttons and dials. Program all your rhythms and melodies with Ableton's sequencer and the touch-sensitive RGB pads. This makes the MIDI controller ideal for hammering out and arranging your musical ideas. Read the sound waves of your samples from the color screen, so you can set the correct starting point and pitch in an instant. Adjusting the sound of an Ableton software synthesizer? You can see exactly which parameter you're adjusting, and to what extent.

With the Ableton Push 2, you can control Ableton Live in the studio or on stage. The MIDI controller integrates perfectly with Ableton, enabling you to control all instruments, samplers, and effects with the push buttons and dials. Program all your rhythms and melodies with Ableton's sequencer and the touch-sensitive RGB pads. This makes the MIDI controller ideal for hammering out and arranging your musical ideas. Read the sound waves of your samples from the color screen, so you can set the correct starting point and pitch in an instant. Adjusting the sound of an Ableton software synthesizer? You can see exactly which parameter you're adjusting, and to what extent.


Included by default

  • Manual
  • Power cord
  • Ableton Live Intro

Included by default

  • Manual
  • Power cord
  • Ableton Live Intro

Key specs

Included audio software
Ableton Live Intro
Programmable drum pads
Yes
Hot cues
Yes
Sampler
No
Filters
Yes


Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    perfect controller

    arjan | 30 November 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • nice, informative display
    • 64 pads for slices, or samples
    • much and fast control over instruments
    • you don't have to think about the length of a loop..
    • good path layout settings
    • sometimes strange implementation of the information via screen
    • no midi (din) connectors
    • no sound interface
    • few buttons for a faster workflow

    disclaimer: I also own the maschine mk3 and the maschine jam. I also have 7 midi controllers.. and I also work with cubase 9.5 pro, reason 10.

    why first the disclaimer: ableton is not the center of the studio, that's cubase.

    I bought the push 2 as an "instrument". each ecosystem brings its own working method and different results.
    the screen is of high quality (as is that of the machine by the way), and with the buttons and encoders it is quite easy to navigate through "devices" (instruments and effects), all parameters neatly accessible, clearly arranged.
    in a number of cases a nice visual feedback, but for some devices, where that would also be nice, this has not been implemented. I'm talking about the ableton devices themselves. the autofilter or reverb provide no visual feedback. with some devices that e.g. using filter envelopes have no visual feedback. you have to mix on the ear, that's true, but sometimes it is useful.

    also eq8 device shows visual feedback, but not the difference between input and output signal. Shame. good here too, you use eq with your ears, but sometimes you immediately see where something is missing. so you will see that; the frequency spectrum as the sound plays, so it is sufficient.

    ableton can get more out of the push 2's screen than it does now.

    the 64 pads are quite good, good layout settings (the 64 pads can be set in multiple layouts). velocity sensitivity is good for 64 pads. they also have aftertouch. (the mk3 maschine has much better pads, even if only 16, but hey, I'm sorry... the maschine can't record aftertouch, big drawback.)

    the mk3 machine has several handy buttons for workflow acceleration, sometimes accessible with the shift button, but it is clearer, faster. on push 2 it certainly works, but is more focused on playing in, than keeping an overview after playing in, although push 2 certainly has possibilities to edit clips, edit notes after playing in Ableton's stubborn way. works fine after getting used to it. perhaps this is also a very personal opinion and there will be people who prefer the push 2 for post-processing of clips.

    no midi connectors is a loss, a sound interface as well (the maschine mk3 does have these 2 and makes it usable to take it with your laptop, without other stuff...).

    working with samples works very well. I use my own samples (self-programmed synths, recordings via a field recorder, etc. etc.), and the so-called "simpler", 1 of the 2 samplers (in live 10 suite that is), has very extensive possibilities, easy to make your samples sound different already within "simpler". slicing beats is a no-brainer, and you can slice up to 64 pads, which is very nice.

    the drum kits are not all equally good, but usable. However, the implementation via the so-called drum rack has been expanded. there is a lot to set up.

    i compare push 2 and ableton live too much with maschine, they are both equally good in my opinion, but for me maschine is still the "boss". it is that I have a number of options via ableton that are not in maschine. and even though they are sometimes small, sometimes big differences, they make the… difference…

    for someone who does not have a machine, and wants a total solution in one controller, the ableton push 2 is definitely recommended, although the software that is included is too little, to get all the power from the program.

    the software is buggy.... that is with all DAWs, but the release notes from ableton are very extreme, meaning; she always has to solve many problems. nevertheless ableton works just fine, it is a very widely used DAW and can give you everything you want.

    Are you in doubt between Maschine or Ableton? maschine mk3 does come with the complete software and a sound library that is unsurpassed. Again, if you want more from Native Instruments, you have to upgrade. at sales, about once or twice a year, the upgrade is half price. I also own complete 11 ultimate (version 12 is not interesting enough), and that gives immense possibilities for maschine. and then you come to the same price as ableton live 10 suite.

    the choice is very personal, the maschine mk3 is actually only complete with the maschine jam, although you can also do without it, it works very well. contradictory. It's because I have the jam, and I'm so used to it.

    it is what you want, want to achieve. in maschine 2.x software there are some limitations that ableton, even in live intro, doesn't have (but intro itself has some limitations...), but there are plenty of workarounds, which are not difficult or cumbersome, to achieve what you want.

    so never listen to: you have to have the push 2, or you have to have the maschine mk3. it's too personal. trying it out is the only option.

    they have both, well... then you're always good...

    the push 2 including ableton live 10 standard or suite will provide years of enjoyment.

    it would be the only controller you'll need as you can play well on it too. you don't necessarily need a keyboard. apart from a sound interface, you have everything within reach with 1 controller. that is the big advantage of the push 2. handy when you don't have much space or want everything in one.

    I gave the sound quality a 5, but the push 2 produces no sound, the software does, and the software is strong enough to get good quality mixes. but that's what every DAW does... still there seem to be differences, but that's probably not something you'll really notice.

    arjan | 30 November 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    best controller for Ableton!

    Steven VE | 14 March 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • intuitive
    • tuned to Ableton
    • user friendly
    • build quality
    • much better than the MK1
    • really no negatives

    If you work with Ableton, this is really an absolute must. You work so much smoother with this controller. It is definitely worth the investment. And on ableton.com you will find plenty of tutorials about the possibilities with this controller. No doubt, just do it!

    The buttons are so sensitive and you can adjust that too. The on-screen graphics for effects, midi, etc. are really nice. That the colors on the grid change with the chosen color of your track, track is really a serious leap forward.
    With Push 2, the layout of the buttons has also been improved. I'm from Push 1 and I wouldn't want to go back anyway. Once you've worked with this one, you're so used to it and you won't want anything else. Highly recommended for the hobby or semi-pro producer.
    In combination with an (effects) controller (such as the APC40mkII) this simply works superbly!
    And if you ever want to sell it for an upgrade, such controllers also retain their value.

    What I do recommend is to provide a dust cover or case.

    And nothing but praise for Coolblue. Top webshop. I ordered a second-choice device and I have to say that I had to agonize to see why it was second-choice: delivered very decently! The box had been opened and the software had already been registered by someone else, but that has been neatly resolved. The unit itself looked brand new. Very good purchase. I have already ordered many things through Coolblue and I can only recommend it! Also the contact and the service, nothing to complain about 10/10

    Steven VE | 14 March 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Must have for Ableton Live

    Victor | 17 July 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • All of Ableton Live at your fingertips
    • Feels solid
    • Invites to "play"
    • You gotta get your hands on it
    • The encoders differ in resistance

    After having worked with Ableton Live for quite some time, we finally decided to purchase the Push 2. So I should have done that much earlier.

    To be fair, the first few hours you will probably puzzle over where everything is. Fortunately, Ableton has posted a ton of tutorial videos on YouTube that walk you through the possibilities. After that, you'll be amazed at how fast you move through the software with Push – even if you already had quite a grasp of Live.

    The great thing is that Push invites you to play with this. While you'll be more targeted with just a mouse and keyboard, with Push it's incredibly easy to experiment – from new patterns on the pads to a big sweep on one of the encoders to see what the effect is. Push really makes Live more fun.

    By the way, after an upgrade to Ableton Live 10 you will see the necessary improvements, with more possibilities and extensive visualizations on the screen of the Push.

    Victor | 17 July 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Great device that saves a lot of mouse clicks.
    • robust
    • nice clear display
    • automatically assign default controllers
    • n.a.

    Sound quality and Software are actually not applicable because this device depends on your PC/Laptop with Live and accompanying sound interface. Connection is via USB and works fine. The Push2 works very well. Sensitivity is fully adjustable and even the dials respond to touch as well. Really great to work with.
    I had read that the Push was especially useful for the clip view and it is, but I mainly work in the arrangement view and that's great too. If your securities etc. on your track, the controllers will immediately appear and you can fine-tune very quickly with the Push instead of looking up all the settings with the mouse. Moreover, you can easily adjust everything (eg add an extra controller). It takes a while to find (although it becomes visible on the buttons) what all the buttons are for, but after that it works great.
    Playing an instrument takes a lot of getting used to with the 64 pads. As a keyboard player, I can't really get used to the layout of the buttons (which you can also adjust again). So I just use my piano keyboard for playing (except for the drums because that's easy).

    Rens Stam | 26 February 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    Top product if you work with Ableton
    • Build quality
    • Connection
    • Complicated

    Works perfectly with Ableton. Build quality etc is top notch. Only a bit difficult if you normally only work with the laptop.

    Mark van den Broek | 11 April 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    A pleasure to use
    • plug and play
    • possibilities
    • integration with Ableton
    • price

    Great for jamming and trying musical ideas

    kris | 29 January 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Great Product!
    • Beautiful Design
    • Ease of use
    • Build quality
    • learning curve

    The product is a nice extension of your Ableton Live Suite 10 software.

    This product does require some prior knowledge of the music production software and therefore also sufficient practice with the device so that you can use the product optimally.

    Once you have gained some experience you will notice that playing with the push will become a lot more pleasant.

    It is the most comprehensive MIDI Controller for Ableton Live.

    Kilian Timmermans | 27 November 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Exactly what I'm looking for

    Blissful product

    Christos Selkos | 2 March 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Awesome
    • very intuitive
    • Sampling options
    • Live performance options
    • Purchase value is high (especially because it only works with ableton)

    It really is an addition to my studio. I don't like to make music purely in my DAW but in the creative process I need to be able to work with an "instrument". This controller feels like an instrument and I am very satisfied with my purchase.

    Joris Zielstra | 19 June 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Super sleek and well-functioning product!
    • Super sensitivity on the pads
    • Clear LCD screen
    • Not yet found

    A must have for those who work with Ableton DAW

    Hans Hendriksen | 28 December 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch

Specifications

Product

Product number
772937
Manufacturer code
87565
Brand
Ableton
Warranty
2 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

Programmable drum pads, buttons, and faders

Programmable drum pads
Yes
Number of drum pads
64
Velocity sensitive drum pads
Yes
Backlit drum pads
Yes
Programmable rotary controls
Yes
Number of rotary knobs
8
Programmable push buttons
Yes
Number of buttons
64
Programmable faders
No

Sequencing

Step sequencer
Yes
Aantal stappen sequencer
128
Parameter lock
Yes

Audio software

Audio software included
Yes
Included audio software
Ableton Live Intro

USB connectors

USB port
No

MIDI connectors

MIDI-ingang
No
MIDI-uitgang
No
MIDI-doorvoer
No

Power supply

Power source
Yes
Power supply type
Grid current

Physical properties

Depth
30,4 cm
Height
4,2 cm
Width
37,8 cm
Material
Metal, Plastic
Weight
2,7 kg

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