Ableton's New Push Hardware Launched Alongside Live 9

Ableton Push

Ableton Push is the company's first foray into hardware, and accompanies today's launch of Ableton Live 9.

Today, Ableton has released Live 9, the highly anticipated new version of its popular music creation software. Today also marks the release of Push - Ableton's first hardware instrument.

Live 9 has lots of improvements for production and performance of electronic music, with Push offering Ableton's first take on an instrument to control some of the unique characteristics of its software. Live 9 has session automation, a vastly improved browser, revamped sounds, powerful audio-to-Midi (particulary good for rippling drums and rhythms for DJ remixes), reworked effects, and Max for Live right there in the program.

Meanwhile, Push "provides direct, hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds and structure, powered by Ableton Live 9 running on your computer", according to the company. Its pressure-sensitive pads allow you high levels of control over your music with 11 endless rotary encoders giving you control over all kinds of continuous parameters.

Built for Ableton by Akai, the unit is designed to sit in a laptop bag alongside your computer for a lightweight, highly portable performance system. It runs on USB power, but is brighter with a power adaptor.


Live 9 is available immediately at retailers worldwide and at Prices start at US$99 / €79 (Live 9 Intro download version), US$449 / €349 (Live 9 Standard download version) and US$749 / €599 (Live 9 Suite download version). Push prices start at US$599 / €499 for Push + Live 9 Intro, US$849 / €778 for Push + Live 9 Standard, and US$1,099 / €998 for Push + Live 9 Suite. Upgrades depending on the Ableton products you already own.

More details on this new release and pricing at:

Do you use Ableton for production or DJing - or both? would you consider making the switch? What features in the new release are most important for DJs? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. DJ Gerard says:

    I already downloaded Live 9 this morning. Didn't install yet but definitely right after work. Personally I think Push is just another over priced MIDI controller. No need for it, but whom am I to judge unless I try it first. I do not see the significance of a $500 price tag.
    Live 9 however I am sure will be well worth the $249 I paid to upgrade Suite (unlike AVID). Plus now with Max for Live. So glad I never paid for Max before.
    I think the most important feature for DJs will be the audio to MIDI. It will really let you remix and re-edit your favorite songs and tracks to give it your own signatured style. I am looking forward to it the most. I also appreciate their website is full of tutorials for those that want it.

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  3. DJ Forced Hand says:

    I am impressed with the Push because it gets a lot of things right. They were absolutely right on target when developing the next generation Ableton controller. Which makes you believe that Akai has been listening to the community. I'm concerned about the price, but it seems like it'll be quite popular, very quickly. I'm interested to see how Native Instruments, and Novation respond to this.

    • Also interesting to see another software company making (or at least having a big hand in the design of) hardware for its software - it makes a lot of sense.

      • DJ Forced Hand says:

        It's really interesting to see what happens when equipment and software companies co-develop together. Although I like the Push (as a concept, I don't have one), I don't think that one equipment company should be considered "the official controller" of anything. This is a dangerous game Ableton is playing and if they don't cozy up to other controller companies, they might just find themselves becoming the next FL Studio (last year's model).

        I'm sure the APC 40 (and 20) took a sizable hit in sales when the Launchpad came out. Yes, technically, their controllers were better and did more, but the Launchpad had two major things going for it 1) it had bigger buttons (easier to play elements live) and 2) it was a lot less expensive. We can be sure that Akai doesn't want that to happen again and they've learned from that mistake, perhaps at the cost of going the Pioneer Route: wanting to be everything to everyone with a price tag to match.

        Ableton isn't really built for DJing yet, there are some early-releases and beta software in ready to be used, but it's not a first choice for digital DJs. So what we're seeing here is more focusing on how the performing Producer-DJ optimizes the playback of their backing tracks, launches their sample clips, and even play along to the songs with the keypad option.

        I like options, I like this option, but I don't think that the majority of people will be playing this way in the future (it just leads to more mediocrity in an already mediocre world of select-sync DJs who want their sets to be about how cool they are, not how good the music is).

        The Ableton Push won't make you a better DJ, it only allows you more control over specific pieces of the music. If someone doesn't have the skill, there's nothing this controller can do to compensate, just like every other piece of gear.

  4. Hi there I would love to see your/anyone's take on how to use Ableton push to mix tracks together in a DJ setup. I have dappled a bit in session mode but haven"t yet found a way that really flows well would appreciate a vid or tutorial on this very much!!

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