Tools We Use: Push
May 11, 2016
“It allows me to do everything I need to do, right from this little pad. It makes things super quick, and one of the things that, as composers, we need is to be able to do things quickly.”
Joe Basile, a composer/sound designer at Centerline, is at his desk, totally surrounded by instruments. His two computer screens are black, and where a keyboard should be sits a large black box with some knobs and a screen across the top, and 64 glowing pads.
This box is Push, and it’s an instrument. Though probably not one you’ve ever heard of, unless you’re a composer.
According to the website, “Push gives you the best of everything. It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.”
Our composers would definitely agree with that assessment. When creating tracks, Push allows them to play or step sequence ideas, record, and switch easily between drums, keyboard, or other pitched instruments. And they can do it all without even turning on their computer screens.
“It also makes it easy to add effects in real time,” adds Basile.
Push was designed and engineered by Abelton, meaning it’s integrated with Live, Ableton’s software music sequencer and digital audio workstation. Basile, who spends most of his time working in these two Ableton products, has no trouble putting into words what he likes about Push.
“With 64 pads, I can play anything I need in a very intuitive way. It’s all right here.”
• Integrated with Ableton Live
• Able to work and record ideas and beats quickly
• Replaces keyboard/mouse – can do everything using the pads and knobs
• Doesn’t work with any other software (specifically Logic Studio, Apple’s music production suite)