Ableton’s Push, like other colored, light-up grids, may sometimes seem like just a big, flashy Lite-Brite.

So – heck, why not use it that way and have a good time?

Tama Rhodes writes us to let us know about a project that exploits the shiny colors to visualize live sound data. The results are screaming for a live performance in which the Push is tilted toward the audience as you play, a technique Daedelus has long used with the monome.

What’s doubly impressive – and why you should download this to learn from it even if you don’t want to do this with your Push – is that all of this is taking place with default Live devices. There’s no Max for Live patching or anything of the sort. Clarification: the creator did no patching, but this does use the Max for Live-powered Envelope Follower. So you do need Suite.

And while we rather like Max for Live patching, that demonstrates what’s possible with even these basic devices, suggesting possibilities you might not have previously considered.

From the YouTube description:

I’ve made ​​this only using Ableton Live 9 & Push.
(EQ Three, Envelope Follower M4L, MIDI Effects on Effect Rack….)
Max/MSP programming is not difficult to make like this.
But this is interesting more than programming.

Download the Pack, Install, Press USER mode & Play your music!

The file is currently available via Google Docs:

PUSH Level Meter Pack alp [zip Download]

Tuning Ableton Live, Push: Undersea Colors for Push, Important Bugfixes for Live
Push, In-Depth Test: What’s it Like Playing The New Hardware from Ableton?

Got more Live and Push hacks? We’d love to see them.

That's a mission statement on the demo screen, not an actual interface.

  • Korhan Erel

    Very smartly done. However, it does use the M4L envelope follower, so it is ‘with Max for Live’.

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  • joshspoon

    Can someone snap a pic of their MIDI sync prefs. Mine is not working. I have PXT-Live (turned it off though) as well and don’t know if that is messing it up up.

    • Mark Powell

      @joshspoon:disqus – I had the same problem (I’ve also got PXT-Live, but that may be coincidence). I’ve found that opening the test projects, I get no output by default. I have to go to the MIDI track and change the ‘MIDI To’ dropdown to send to the Push User Port. By default it’s pointing at the standard Push port.

      I tip my hat to Tama Rhodes incidentally – a marvellous piece of work!


    • joshspoon

      Yeah, it’s still dope. I’ll keep messing with it. There needs to be a Push Animator. where it will do frames and you can page w/ the left/right nav.

    • lokey

      ive been thinking how awesome the push would be to do a roguelike game, the pads representing the top down view, with text and gameplay description on the display.

    • eonomine

      PushHack? awww yeah.

  • EvanBogunia

    Nice work! I just got my push last week, and have already started thinking about how I want to hack that beautiful button grid. I have a ‘spectroscope’ (in quotes because of the inherently low resolution of an 8×8 grid), that I did for my launchpad a while ago just begging to get ported. AS well as some more functional things. .