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There may be an Ableton logo splashed on it and integration designed specifically for Live. But one of the nice things about Ableton’s Push and Push 2 hardware are that, at their core, they’re open. Everything sends and receives standard MIDI messages. As we’ve seen, even the display is hackable. And that is admirable not only from an engineering standpoint, but because it means the hardware you invest in has a life beyond just specific drivers and software updates.

Now, that extends even to rival software Bitwig Studio – which means you can even use a Push 2 on Linux.

News broke over the weekend that the Push4Bitwig script by JΓΌrgen Moßgraber (aka “moss”) supports both the new Push hardware and existing Push hardware. Here’s a tutorial on how to set it up:

And more discussion on the forum KVR:
Push4Bitwig [kvraudio]

It’s also worth noting that this is what happens when you open stuff up – users surprise you with their own ideas. This isn’t Bitwig support, and as someone griped recently here on CDM comments, Ableton didn’t even document their MIDI implementation. It’s just intrepid, relentless users. And I think at the end of the day, that makes both Bitwig (for providing this kind of scripting) and Ableton (for adhering to standards rather than, cough, proprietary implementations) look better.

I know there’s some fear associated with this for manufacturers – heck, as a manufacturer myself, I know how serious support obligations can be. But I think there are real rewards when you can overcome some of those fears.

And if you use this – especially if any of you are braving Linux – we’d love to hear how.

  • itchy

    loving live 9.5 πŸ™‚

  • itchy

    loving live 9.5 πŸ™‚

  • Ed Markey

    Bitwig keeps on breaking boundaries πŸ™‚

    • Well, they didn’t do anything here. This was a user, I think. πŸ™‚

  • Ed Markey

    Bitwig keeps on breaking boundaries πŸ™‚

    • Well, they didn’t do anything here. This was a user, I think. πŸ™‚

  • MRosePush

    Wow, so easy to setup πŸ˜‰ plug and pray

  • MRosePush

    Wow, so easy to setup πŸ˜‰ plug and pray

  • metabeat

    Why use Push with Bitwig? Because it is possible. But it’s not good. Better use Push with Live. IMHO.

  • metabeat

    Why use Push with Bitwig? Because it is possible. But it’s not good. Better use Push with Live. IMHO.

  • Lloyd Barrett

    PXT General is THE essential tool for Push 1 – allowing it to be configured as a useful MIDI controller for anything. It doesn’t support Push 2, not sure if there are plans to allow it and haven’t heard of any similar tools on the horizon. Without this flexibility Push 2 doesn’t seem like such a great deal.

  • Lloyd Barrett

    PXT General is THE essential tool for Push 1 – allowing it to be configured as a useful MIDI controller for anything. It doesn’t support Push 2, not sure if there are plans to allow it and haven’t heard of any similar tools on the horizon. Without this flexibility Push 2 doesn’t seem like such a great deal.

  • mububu

    Because “Ableton Live” do not run well on Linux! πŸ˜‰
    I have actually no Push, but there will come one on my System quite soon