评论:Ableton公司推2

Push 2 is the new incarnation of Ableton's Live controller and instrument. There's improvements all round and Noah Pred dives in to discover what's changed and how it'll improve your Live workflow.

当Ableton公司第一次发布推随着现场9,他们重新定义了数字音频工作站,硬件集成的界限,模糊了仪表和控制器之间的界限,而革命性的工作室的工作流程。随着本周末出人意料地宣布按2时闭幕主题演讲自己的首张音乐制作的发布会上,循环,Ableton公司设置为再次改变游戏规则。他们的旗舰控制器的版本拥有一些吸引人的新功能,但配备了比原来更高的价格标签。那么什么是所有大惊小怪的?

Build

先推是全球范围内一个巨大的打击,和Ableton采取负责供应链从上到下,从公式消除了先前的硬件合作伙伴阿凯。在按1和2之间的尺寸和重量的差异是正常,但较新的模式出来稍微更薄更轻,但似乎超过了音乐虐待长天足够牢固。不知怎的,我发现原来按下橡胶面漆似乎吸引了比什么都在工作室,当然更多的灰尘不会从缺乏使用;值得庆幸的是,Ableton公司选择了一个漂亮的铝阳极氧化膜顶部位置板,似乎好已经解决了这个问题。

Ableton Push 2 photo top view

总体布局基本上出现相同:64速度敏感的多色背光片,带状触摸条,八触摸感应旋转编码器,以及沿两边专用上下文按钮的数组。华丽的全彩显示屏跳出来提供详细程度第一版根本无法与它相对微薄的LCD提供。旨在从任何角度在各种照明条件下观察时,浏览现场不看电脑要清晰和明确的只是得到了一大堆更现实。

而不是两行的专用功能按钮以前正好位于屏幕下方,新的多彩色背光功能按钮被分裂了与一排上面一排显示屏的下方,允许直观的情境互动,颜色编码的轨迹等信息显示

凹陷的功能和专用按钮采用背光的高对比度,并提供一个令人满意而微妙的确认点击。只要有可能,不必要的按钮已被删除:和退出按钮现在换成了上下文导航箭头,和专用的音量和声像

按2的响应垫似乎有点更敏感,比以前的型号更柔和。

另外三个按钮出现在一个专门的按钮布局形式

Adjusting pad sensitivity on Ableton Push 2.

按2的响应垫似乎有点更敏感,比以前的型号更柔和。三种设置

Browser

随着第一推,我经常发现自己回到了电脑操作浏览器。这是因为在很大程度上众多第三方插件,我习惯性的使用

Ableton Push 2. 

不仅可我现在通过级联子菜单访问所有我需要直接按下设备,但使用的编码器的组合,平滑滚动使其成为一个更愉快的过程

也许新推浏览器的最显着特点就是上下文消除不相关的类:例如,有没有必要显示,当你浏览的设备上的音频轨MIDI效果或乐器的文件夹,所以根本推不显示其中,简化了搜索和加快找到你所需要的工具的过程。不幸的是,音频文件仍然不可访问通过推送浏览器音轨;除了这个,我想说推2现在有一个强烈的情况下,由于优异的浏览界面上和GUI浏览器上面。

Simplify

凡按2真的需要向前迈进了一步的一种乐器和创作工具是用成为可能,重建更简单的设备,新的音频操作。没有进入的全部细节上的新的更简单

凡按2真的需要向前迈进了一步的一种乐器和创作工具是用新的音频操作

经典复制以前的简单,玩都来自同一个起点触发票据行为

切片模式是按真正的用武之地。轻松地将一个样本为组成片是一件轻而易举的事,与灵敏​​度旋钮可以调整片的数量。垫切片模式,您可以通过相应地触发相应的焊盘指定要分配给垫作为样本戏剧块。这需要一些练习来找到窍门,但推可让您放大和微调每个切片的起点那么顺利,你将永远不想再编辑样品用鼠标。和弦模式让您在默认64片模式同时播放多个片段,同时击中在片模式切换布局按钮鼓架风格的步进音序器

Drum rack in device mode

鼓架在设备模式。

Pushing Forward

毫无疑问,按2带来的Ableton旗舰控制器更接近他们下决心使机器:一种工具,可以让你无需看看你的计算机上创建。对于那些好奇获得推送,但伸出“直到现在,按2的新功能应该让一个令人信服的理由,尽管稍高的价格标签。我也有想象的Ableton将推出更多的很酷的功能推2很快就好了,但我们只需要等待,看看他们有什么在商店的路线。

所以,如果你已经拥有一推,你真的需要按2?在一个优雅的举动,许多在Live 9.5的主要新功能可在按下1为好,但根本没有与新的显示竞争。虽然商标流畅的工作流程转换或多或少完全从1到2,有时我也发现自己希望推送1的锁定静音/独奏/停止按钮被减少到现在的瞬间功能上推2

Slicing and playing samples in Ableton Push 2

要甜甜的交易为那些考虑升级,Ableton公司已经推出了一个单元回归模型中的其他厂商可以学到很多东西。通过捐赠返回按1单位捐款给国际社会

价格:699欧元/美元799

优点:提高流体,按1用新设计的启发工作流程;用更简单的新版本整合需要样品处理到一个新水平;绚丽的显示效果和优雅的编码器集成几乎无需依赖现场的GUI

缺点:嵌入式 USB输入可能不接受通用USB电缆。需要用于显示器和背光是有用的电源;没有MIDI输出的硬件连接;屏幕似乎容易划伤。

网址:https://www.ableton.com

 
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Discussion

lostinthesound
Hi Noah,

Great review and write-up overall. If I may, I'd like to point out three glaring omissions that I hope will be added into your already excellent review, as they're the kind of things a consumer should be made aware of ahead of time:

1. No Dedicated Hot Swap Button. More than anything, this is a bit of annoyance considering that such a simple (but effective) function has yet to be programmed in. I primarily utilize the hot swap function when testing out different hits with my drum rack, so having to constantly reach for the mouse button to engage hot swap functionality is quite cumbersome.

2. HUGE Velocity Spike Bug. When playing chords using the brilliant Push 2 pads, there is currently a bug (acknowledged by Ableton) that causes the velocity value to spike to 127, despite the user applying a light touch. The current Beta provides some relief to the bug, but it is still quite present when playing chord progressions. Ableton is currently working on a permanent fix, but no timetable has been given. This, for me personally, verged on being a deal breaker. The best work around is to currently engage a fixed velocity value to prevent spikes, but this prevents expressive play of synths the make use of velocity and aftertouch functionality. The result is very static sounding progressions.

3. Lack of BPM Input Dialog Box for Simpler. This has proven to be a huge pain. In past, dropping an audio file onto an audio track would reveal an additional Warp box with an area where the user could input the audio file's BPM, helpful when Live's auto analysis is incorrect. With Push 2, the emphasis is placed on a near all MIDI workflow, so said audio files are dropped into a MIDI track loaded into instance of Simpler. The problem is that once the file has been loaded into Simpler, the user cannot define the BPM. For example, let's say I want to use a 128 BPM vocal sample in a Drum n Bass tempo'd project (174 BPM). If the project is set to 174 BPM, if the audio sample loaded via Push 2 into a instance of Simpler is analyzed with the incorrect BPM, there is no way for the user to correct it. There is no rhyme or reason to why Live can accurately analyze some audio files and not other when loaded into Simpler, which makes it all the more frustrating.

Push 2 is a great controller, the OLED screen and ingenius function mapping is worth the price of admission. However, the Velocity Spike-Bug is something that the team really should have had fixed prior to release as it directly affects one of the core fundamentals of creating music: playing chords with expression. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Push 2, but I (and many other Push 2 owners) hope a fix is coming sooner than later.

Cheers.
Noah Pred
Hi there - thanks for the feedback.

With regards to the lack of a dedicated Hot Swap button, while the improved Push 2 browser does provide similar functionality, I can see how this would be problematic for certain users. As someone who's never made much use of Live's Hot Swap functionality, it wasn't something I was looking for, which should explain the oversight. My apologies.

As for the serious velocity spike bug you've mentioned - though I've yet to personally experience it and this is the first I've heard of it - I'm astonished it wasn't caught during the extensive beta-testing process. That said, I believe Ableton is working to address this issue with a firmware update that should be available soon.

The BPM dialog box for Simpler is a great idea that I hope they will implement with a future update as well.

Happy Pushing!
lostinthesound
Wow! Thanks for taking the time to reply, I wasn't expecting that. :)

I completely understand the omission of the Hot Swap function from your review now based upon your POV and workflow.

Luckily, Live's newest Beta addresses the velocity spike issue. While it's not 100% resolved, the spikes aren't nearly as frequent or dramatic. The spike is caused by users like myself who tend to rest their fingers on Push's pads (in my case specifically, when using two hands to perform), while only certain fingers are applying pressure/striking for notes. What happens is push cannot determine whether the rested fingers are a applying a very light touch or null, so it reverts to maxing out the velocity which is something that can stick out when playing chords. Adjusting the Pressure Threshold setting doesn't yield any different result. But as mentioned, the latest release notes of the most recent Beta references this nasty bug and provides an interim fix.

Regardless, Push 2 is a remarkable controller with potentially limitless options. I'm eager to see what type of scripting and apps are developed by Ableton Push 2 power users and how they'll take advantage of the gorgeous screen. :)

Cheers.

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