Push 3 works standalone with Ableton Live: the DAW can now be used with or without a computer

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.

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