• Crocronico

    Anyone know if we can use multiple push for one computer (like multiple lauchpad configuration for exemple).
    I need more RVB pads to launch scene..

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t notice any mention of velocity or pressure sensitivity, which would be good to know, thanks.

  • Any chance you expanded on / recorded that gypsy melody you were playing? Would love to buy a copy for my sets

  • Hey DJTT, when are you planning on selling those Push-designed soundpacks? I’d be mad keen to pick them up 🙂

  • I love it how this is supposed to look like this guy’s bedroom studio. He is obviously employed by Ableton. A guy in his bedroom studio would not have two cameras on him.

    • Kutmaster TeeOh

      He’s not employed by Ableton. And that is his actual studio. I’ve got 4 cameras in my live room and I have the Push. It was given to me by an Ableton rep who knows me. Working on a DJ routine with the Push and Serato.

  • dimitri

    just ordered mine soo stoked hopefully I can set this up with my kassilator pro and kaos pad and mininova

  • I had it for 15 mins and hit the dump button by accident , now my push has no firmware and asks for a sysex update…please help…Thanks

  • doubledolphins

    Im glad I pre-ordered my push. It comes in a week or so when all new orders from the 10th of march and on are gonna take 4-16 more weeks which is like an entire freakin summer… Oh well I pray my Push comes because it looks amazing and I’ve had my eye on it for as long as I can remember

  • loomy

    Hi! Can you tell me the real size of each push pad?¿its smaller than kontrol F1 pads?
    Thank you.

  • deaconjonez

    @google-a457db5c79d1382b4eec9a60fda79e37:disqus great review man i pre-ordered one. Unfortunately it looks like abelton and akai dropped the ball and did not produce enough. The website said my suggested wait time is 12-16 weeks not very happy and hope they make right on this issue and hook up the people who pre ordered the push with some extras for such a long wait

  • Is it possible to play a VST synth and then edit the notes in the step sequencer (like adding them or deleting them and/or more than that) ?

  • @google-a457db5c79d1382b4eec9a60fda79e37:disqus, as intrigued as I now am about the Push after your review, my favorite part was noticing the Seed of Life you keep on your shelf.

  • Anthony

    I think my question has been deleted ? It was : is it possible to play a VST synth and then edit the notes in the step sequencer (like adding them or deleting them and/or more than that) ?

  • Anthony

    Big question here : When you play notes with a VST synth, do you access to them in the sequencer mode to add and remove some ?

  • What are the differences between this and the apc 40?

  • johnn

    Mad, you didn’t mention anything about controlling any of the parameters which is really important. Is it possible to warp the whole track, edit start/end points or use the markers without touching the computer? And what about waveform? Can you view it on the push’s screen? What about switching from the 4×4 grid to 8×8 grid in drum rack like on the launchpad in user1?

  • Solaris

    Great review, too bad I’ve ordered already in another place, can we buy your push sound environment and sound packs at once ? Thanks !


  • I think there is a lot of value of hardware-software coming from the same company. Mostly because the controls tend to be laid out in an intuitive way to the software. For example, the lay out of the NI S4 is mapped better to the software than non NI controllers. Additionally, I tried to use the Maschine Ableton mapping and found it super awkward because Maschine is not designed specifically to control Ableton. I think heavy Ableton users will benefit from the tight intergration of Push with Ableton.

  • Will you guys be selling the Push with Ableton Live Standard?

  • Wanker

    “Drum rack grid on left side (would have made more sense on the right).”

    Completely fucking arbitrary…

  • krozlorrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Most comprehensive (and interesting) review of the Push yet. That drum rack on the bottom left is a bummer, It’d be great if you could choose where to put the instruments/step sequencer on the grid.

    Are there only the two “views” (sequencer/drum rack/looper view and the note scale)? Can you make your own?

    Ideally I’d want a view mode with half of the note scale going along the left “column” of 4 across x 8 down and use the right side for two 4 x 4 drum racks so they can both be played at the same time. Melody with the left hand, beats with the right.

    There’s a great rendition of Flight of the Bumblebees on the Push somewhere around the internet too, worth a look.

  • How does it map with other programs like Traktor? does it have pre made banks/layers like the novation twitch or F1 or does every button send/receive a standard midi note/cc?

  • R3Production

    Push Me and than just touch me , till i can get my SATISFACTION, SATISFACTION

    For all new Benny Benassi’s in the world.. great review Zach.

  • tr4gik

    Mad Zack showing the Push INSTA WIN.

  • Can all these 64 pads be played as one Drum Rack with 4 blocks or 4 different racks (one rack per track) at one moment? I think it would be great!

    • Ginkgo

      Not as of now, but I suppose you could make a sampler with 64 different samples mapped out and then play in instrument mode.

  • Loving it! this rocks..looks like Traktor has got real insane competetion..been looking at the launchpad for some time..definately if i can afford it..i’m getting that new one 🙂

  • Push looks pretty sweet! I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole video yet, but I did have a question if anyone can answer. Does the display at the top of the unit have the ability to show waveforms?

    That has been one of the things about Maschine I have really liked working with.

    • 0bli0 Jonez

      unfortunately, no – only text… maybe in future firmware as i’ve seen many people request the same

  • Really want one… thats for sure…

  • Charlie

    Is it possible to use another MIDI device (such as the Launchpad) to launch clips while using the Push for step sequencing? My idea is to remix songs live: launch acapella vocal clips, while building instrumental loops using the step sequencer. Is this possible to do in Ableton?

    • mor4sso

      From the review over at http://www.createdigitalmusic.com, they were able to use a Launchpad and a Maschine, as well as other Midi Devices, in conjunction with the Push. You can’t run 2 Pushes in Native mode though, but you’re able to run a Push in native mode and one is User mode on the same system.

  • Thanks for the review. I’m glad to see a more musical review. Also, I didn’t know You played guitar, I also come from a guitar background, been playing for 17 years and recently made the switch to synth. I’ll be getting a Push, because it seems very expressive.

    Is there any form of a Mod Wheel type mechanism on there for vibrato? That’s the only think I think it’s missing. I know about the touch strip, but I’ve seen it used mainly for pitch in instrument mode. Thanks again

    • there are new max4live devices in Live9 for that kinda things, i discovered good tricks dropping them on pads

  • MIM

    I need to learn how to play pads like that. I think it’s probably going to be great. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. I can’t believe there is no integrated melodic step sequencing – an absolutely outrageous omission. I hope to see full integration with M4L step sequencer and Monosequencer very soon. Given the layout it would be absurd not to. Polyphonic step sequencing of melodies n key and step automation of key parameters like velocity, cutoff, release would be the dream. Do you guys think it would be easy for the M4L aficionados to put together something together tight integration with these M4L sequencers?

    • all you need to do is make a 16pad drumrack with external instrument
      devices in each pad, and route those devices to your instrument to
      sequence notes (you can even add a pitch device on each pad to let you
      rescale each pad on the fly). Dead simple.

      • MIM

        Should we really have to resort to workarounds at £430?

        • not sure why you would say that, its hardly a ‘workaround’, its just how you do this sort of thing in live. a workaround would mean having to use some other application or hack to achieve what you want. this is simply using it as it was built to work.

  • Dee Jay

    Hmmm? where does the hot sauce next to the Launch come in to play? do you pour it on the pads..LOL!

    • Hah! I noticed the Tapatio product placement too.

      Great review as always Zach. Adding Push to the wishlist.

  • Pedro

    @google-a457db5c79d1382b4eec9a60fda79e37:disqus Which controller do you recommend for someone who wants to do pad drumming but never did this before?

    • Mad Zach

      a midi fighter spectra

  • also the reason that this integrates with live 9 so well, and has many unique features that we have not seen before, is that max 4 live is now bundled into live 9, so often there is some max 4 live stuff happening in the background, which provides that amazing functionality of the push.

    • fyi, the existing push functionality is done through python scripts into the live API, not through the M4L ‘live-object-model’ means.

  • Great review of an awesome piece of kit. ALSO Here is my semi regular request for the How I play with Madeon Video. Yes I have tweeted him about it. Can I at least get an affirmation as to whether or not he has vetoed it’s release?

    • Mad Zach

      he pulled it

      • damm

        • RockingClub

          That’s really sad. Was very much looking forward to watching it here, as well…

  • hahah Mad Zach “I… I don’t know, I just dick around. It’s not productive” I’m sure many of can relate! That’s why I would love more hardware myself.

    • Ginkgo

      That’s exactly what I wanted to hear. Big part of the reason I want the Push so bad. (But more hardware would be nice, too.)

  • Ben

    mad zach you the man!! thanks for the review!

  • Turntable trucker

    Nice review

  • Astrosolace

    What about mapping capabilities? I wonder how well/if the aftertouch/velocity and LED colours can be mapped to/from other softwares

    • Mad Zach

      there is a “user mode” where you can map easily. I don’t believe there is a specialized mapping mode that would make it easy to map things like aftertouch and velocity but perhaps they will implement something like that in the future.

  • I was wondering if you use External Midi Instrument to send midi to… lets’s say Maschine… does Push display the note grid ?

    • Mad Zach

      it would probably display the note grid for external instrument (not the drumrack step sequencer) although I am trying to get them to be able to switch between the modes at ease regardless of the instrument type

      • Can you go deep edit on a drum cell from the rack ? I know you can’t do what Maschine does, but are you able to add a delay to a certain pad for instance ?

  • Great review. Thanks for giving us a look at how you’d use it. Also, really interesting that the step sequencer isn’t available for instrument racks. Gotta say I’m quite bummed about that.

    • Mad Zach

      lets hope they change it! Also there will be a lot of hacks no doubt

      • all you need to do is make a 16pad drumrack with external instrument devices in each pad, and route those devices to your instrument to sequence notes (you can even add a pitch device on each pad to let you rescale each pad on the fly). Dead simple.

  • Filippo

    ahahahahahhaha….. “People, Push….. Push, People”…. Great Review Mad…. Thanks from Sardinia, Italy 😉

  • anyone gonna do a killa traktor mapping on these?

  • Sold! This looks amazing. Nice review Zach.

    • Jason Current C Gupton

      What he said! Preordered my unit yesterday. Hoping there will be a hack for the ribbon slider to be able to be assigned to parameters such as arpeggiation, modulation, cutoff, etc…

  • i actually got a one on one hands on with Huston Singaltary at a exclusive push release event. let me be the first to say, this is just going to change the whole music industry. I highly recommend getting one!!

  • Mad Zach is a beast as always. It’s cool to hear he came from a guitar player background! I came from a guitar and drummer background 🙂 keep up the awesome work DJTT!

  • ObliO Jonez

    best review on the net so far! glad i ordered it

  • Kunal

    Love the review :). Love DJTT!