Amazing Push Melodic Sequencer

 

Ableton Push has an amazing sequencer for drums. Live has also said that 9.1 will have a melodic sequencer for push as part of the update. In the mean time you might want to sequence melody, or have another approach to it. Well then this guy has the answer for you. 

 Andrew Orenda has put together this amazing M4L patch to give you some new sequencing skills. It’s called the Audio Modder and is free to download from his site. Below is a video walk through of the device and what it can do.  I’ve played with it a little and love the ease of use and how you can quickly start to sequence melodies with your push.

Thanks Andrew Orenda and keep up the awesome push packs. 

By | October 9th, 2013|Push|0 Comments

Custom Look and Script for Push

Last night I had a 3 push jam with my housemates. Freaking awesome how deep we went and cohesive. One thing I learned about was the Seapush Script that lets you both customize your push color or just use there amazing modded color scheme. You can download this custom script here: https://github.com/mrk/seapush

Seapush Script Mod for Push

If you want to take it a step further than Native Kontrols has some awesome modification to the script to allow some new features. Most important is a Velocity sensitive sequencer. Before you had to choose the velocity of the hits, now how hard you press the sequencer will set the velocity. This is an amazing mod.

Here are the other features:

PUSH SCRIPT MODS

Following are modifications to the Push MIDI Remote Script.

v1.0.9 for Live 9.0.5 – 8/2/2013

  • Includes User Settings file so that you can determine which modifications to use.
  • Allows Shift + Display Encoders to finely adjust parameter values. Fine adjustment does not apply to Browse or Clip Modes.
  • Allows Shift + Record to toggle Arrangement Record.
  • Allows Drum Mode to work with Drum Racks nested in Instrument Racks.
  • Allows Step Sequencer input to be velocity-sensitive so that steps turned on will have the velocity that the corresponding button sent.
  • Allows use of the SeaPush color scheme (created by Ableton forum user triant).

Download the script here.

With these scripts add a unique color scheme and gets some cool new functionality.

 

By | October 4th, 2013|Push|0 Comments

Utilities for Push with Max For Live

I wanted to highlight two amazing Max for Live Devices for Ableton’s Push.

The first one we will look at is the Safe Push Performance 1.2This device allows you to disable potentially dangerous or useless buttons on Push during a live performance. I’ve found Push as an amazing in the studio device, and this M4L device makes it even better in a Live Setting.

Features:

  • When switching between Note and Session mode, the previously saved presets will be loaded
  • Hold Shift + Select allows you to temporarily enable buttons:
  • In momentary mode they are enabled as long as you hold “hold Shift + Select”
  • In toggle mode they are enabled until you press “hold Shift + Select” a second time OR until you switch mode (Note/Session)
  • If you navigate to the device you can enable the buttons one by one with the knobs on Push, but the states will be overwritten as soon as you press Note, Session or hold Shift + Select

 

The next Max For live Device is simple, but helpful. Audio Clip Trimmer is a simple utility that helps to trim audio clips with Push (or other midi controllers) 

Turn loop off >

Move start and end points >

Re trigger clip to listen >

Right click > Crop sample

Drag sample to a drum rack >

Done.

This is super helpful to quickly crop and trim your clips. These are the first 2 utilities I have seen, and I have a feeling that in the next few months we will see more and more Max for Live devices for the Push.

By | October 1st, 2013|Push|0 Comments

Ableton 9.1 and Push Update

Ok, so the push is awesome as a sequencer. I have been using it for drums for a while, and now with the Live 9.1 update coming out soon it got even better. Now you can create melodies using the Push as a sequencer. 

 This lets you not only automate the notes in a step sequence, but also automate your effects by step. This new update gives push a lot more features that I am really excited to check out. The video below goes through the new step sequencer. 

Live 9.1 is still in beta testing and will be coming out soon. There will be other updates for people not using push such as the Multi Screen support and more.  Check out Ableton.com and watch out for updates. 

By | October 1st, 2013|Push|0 Comments

Custom Push Python Scripts

 Ableton Push is an amazing out of the box solution. You can literally plug it into any computer with Ableton Live installed and it will works perfect.  If you want to take it a step further you can always hack the Push with custom scripts. The king of custom scripts is Native Kontrols. They are the group that made ClyphX, which is an amazing script for Ableton Live.  They also just came out with a new Python script for push.

This uses the “user” button on the push for custom settings. There are lots of improvements to workflow, writing, and performance. Below is an intro video on the PXT-Live for push.

My favorite feature so far is the Clip Play Mode. Clip Play Mode is a Polyphonic (8 Clips at a time) and Monophonic (1 Clip at a time) Clip Chopping and Loop Control. Also includes the ability to play Audio Clips chromatically. This makes it a really cool way to chop up your beats and make a cool arrangement. 

This custom script from Native Kontrols has a lot to offer, so check it out. It’s only $20 and totally worth it for the depth of what you get. Also check out my article on Clyphx to see the possibilities that open up with that. It’s a free script as well. 

By | October 1st, 2013|Push|0 Comments

Disassembling Ableton Push

I recently got an Ableton Push and been spending late nights loving the capabilities of it.  I have been looking online for cool videos on using it. Along the way I found this video of these guys in czech that disassemble the Push.  It’s cool to see the build and parts of the push.  The video is below and I will share my thoughts after it in this article. 

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By | October 1st, 2013|Push|0 Comments
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