Ableton joins the likes of Akai and Native Instruments by taking a completely separate version of its software and packing it into a piece of hardware. In this case that hardware is Push 3, the latest version of the company’s pad-based tool. A controller-only version has been announced, with the option to upgrade to support the full app at a later date.
No matter which version you go for, the Push 3 offers 64 MPE-capable pads that detect finger pressure on the X and Y axes, providing excellent placement for each reference control. This means you can get more transparency as you play, adding bends and slides, or applying effect or filter changes to certain notes within a chord. It is also possible to trigger multiple accents from one pad.
The stand-alone version of Push 3 includes many familiar Ableton Live instruments and effects, and can also host your own collections and sample libraries. No support for third-party plugins. Wi-Fi connectivity means you can switch sets between Push 3 and Live Wireless.
The controller version of the Push 3 has a built-in audio interface and a CV/GATE connection for connecting up to Eurorack and other modular gear. As you might expect, MIDI is here too.
An upgrade kit to replace the controller-only Push 3 separately costs $1.049, and the good news is that the processor, hard drive, and battery are all replaceable, so you can make sure your hardware is up to speed. Latest technology.
Out of the box, the custom Intel NUC Compute Element consists of credit card-sized components that integrate a processor, RAM, and Wi-Fi.
The Push 3 is available now, priced at $1,999/€1,899 for the standalone model and $999/€949 for the controller version. The upgraded kit will be available later this year.
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