Push 2 and Live 9.5 are now available from Ableton. Though Push 2 doesn't look vastly different from the original, there are some key differences, including a new color display that shows waveforms, device parameters and other information about the mix. Push 2 also brings more sampling power directly onto the device, including the ability to slice up samples across pads.
The new controller is accompanied by a 9.5 software update of Live. The free upgrade for existing users features a new version of their Simpler sampler device, new analog filters from the people who brought you the Glue bus compressor and improved meters and waveforms. For Live 9 Suite owners, a number of new synthesizers round out the update.
New in 9.5
- Better sampling with Simpler
- Improved waveforms and coloring
- Peak and RMS meters
- Analog-modeled filters
- More sounds, samples, and drums
- New Max Essentials
- Play in time with Link
- Create a song with Push 2
Push 2 will be able to control third-party plug-ins, not just Live's own devices. Should you decide to trade in your old Push for a new one, Ableton will refurbish and donate the old device to education, and they'll give you a 30% discount on your purchase.