The new Ableton Push 3 comes in 2 different versions – controller or standalone. It brings you new features such as MPE controls, standalone version , built-in audio interface and much more. The standalone version is the big announcement here. Ableton Push has been crying out for a standalone version ever since it’s inception, and definitely since Akai brought out the Force.
The standalone version is a completely independent hardware controller with Ableton features. Ableton have made the Push 3 with upgradable parts for future improvements in mind. They want the Push 3 to be an evolving solution with future software updates and future hardware updates.
The finished projects in the standalone version can be transferred over to your Mac/PC via WiFi using the Live Set Transfer feature.
It has a built-in Intel 11th Gen Core i3-1115G4 CPU with 8GB RAM. It has an internal 256GB SSD hard drive for storing projects. The in-built lithium iron phosphate battery will provide up to 2.5hrs of play time. Looking at the photo of the upgrade kit – the internal SSD drive looks to be an M.2 format: this should be fairly simple to upgrade to a larger size drive.
As with previous versions, the controller version requires a connection to your computer and Ableton loaded. The controller version can be upgraded (via a hardware upgrade) to standalone. See details below (Upgrade kit).
With the MPE implementation, this allows for the 64 pads to provide expressive creation with movement and articulation via the mult-directional control pads. You can slide your finger in an XY movement and add pressure for different nuances and per-note control. When you bring in effects and filters to each note – the expressive controls will provide some amazing expressivity.
The Push 3 has a built-in audio interface which can have up to 10 inputs and 12 outpus: two inputs are switchable between balanced or unbalanced (line or instrument) and also two balanced inputs. It also has an additional ADAT Optical In and Out with 8 inputs or outputs. It has MIDI In and Out via the 3.5mm connectors and USB-A for connecting controllers/devices plus the USB-C for using Push with your Mac/PC in Control Mode. It also has 2 Pedal 6.3mm footswitch inputs, a 6.3mm headphone and DC Power (20V, 3A). The footswitch inputs can also be used as CV/Gate connections which the sequencer has implemented controls for.
If you purchase the controller only version, you can purchase an upgrade kit for $1599 (available later in 2023). This will give you the same hardware and all the features of the standalone version. Each Upgrade Kit contains a processor, hard drive, battery, heatsink and all the tools you need for assembly.
- I hope they haven’t used rubberised paint that degrades over time (see Push 1 issues).
- How much is this similar to the Akai Force?
- There isn’t an arrangement feature.
- There isn’t VST support in standalone.
- The internal 256GB SSD drive looks to be upgradable via a M.2 drive compatible option.
Price: $1499 (controller) $2999 (standalone) $1599 (upgrade kit)