Ableton Live 9.6.2 is here. Apart from a slew of bug fixes and some improvements to how the Link connection indicator works, there are a lot of improvements to Push, via software and firmware – even down to details like making the potentiometers more jitter free.

That’s all well and good. But the important thing is that some of these small details could really change the way you work with Push for the better.

The big one: you can now copy and paste clips to any slot on the Push, just by touching the pads. It’s a little thing, but for me this completely opens up how I would work with clips in Session View.

In the melodic step sequencer, stepped automation is now linked to note length.

You can also convert an audio clip to a new drum rack pad on Push 2. I’m in love with this workflow, so that’s a big thing.

Also cool, and related to note length, you can now adjust note length via pads in either the melodic or drum rack sequencer.

For once, it’s actually worth reading the release notes just to pick up some tips – there’s a bunch of other little tricks with Push.

Live 9 release notes

This gives me some inspiration for playing in the studio over the weekend. And if you need more, the Ableton blog also walks you through their favorite Max for Live devices. Combine that with my new Reaktor Blocks addiction and … well, as my piano teacher used to say to me, that should be enough to keep me off the streets.

Max for Live for Push: A roundup of free devices

  • James

    Scales Layout settings are now also stored within a Live Set
    The jitter smoothing (along with RMS and the meter levels visible on the screen) Is just another reason I might start mixing on the pots

  • PaulDavisTheFirst

    Just as I get Ardour’s support for the Push 2 really steaming ahead, they go ahead and move the goal posts! Typical !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    There’s only thing that would make the Push 2 nicer from my perspective: if the rubber buttons were actually OLEDs so we could change the text under each one.

  • policarpo

    Who doesn’t love updates, but I was wondering if anyone had a solution for the blurry text i see in the UI on Windows 10. I had hoped it would’ve been fixed by this update. I’ve tried the trick of disabling High DPI rendering on the app, but it results in super small windows for Plug-Ins and the app preferences window. It’s weird, but I don’t see this kind of bug in Bitwig on Windows. I’d really love to use Live on my SP3, but the blurry text just aggravates me. Much appreciated in advance for any insight into fixing this issue.

    • Ricardo Abreu

      this is ableton not having their UI designed for high DPI screens. I have a 4K laptop and its painful to look at ableton on its screen, gladly I have a secondary 1080p and it looks nice there.

      • policarpo

        That is just weird since their UI is resolution independent. Hopefully they get a fix for this at some point…because 4K and High DPI screens are here to stay on Windows. ๐Ÿ™

    • Does this work?

      – Open the control panel (Start menu, search for ‘Control panel’)

      – Select ‘Appearence and Personalization’

      – Select ‘Display’

      – Check ‘Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays’

      – Check 100% scaling, apply and follow the instructions

      • policarpo

        It works, but it affects all other apps which are rendering properly. When you do this you have to set Live to scale 200%, but your VSTs look super small since they are no longer rendering @2x. Things work great in Bitwig, so I’m not sure what the big problem is…and things run fine on OS X on a retina Macbook…I don’t think they care about Windows platform honestly…latest update is a full install, not an update, so I now have 2 instances of Ableton Live in my Programs folder…

        • Ah bummer man, I was hoping that might work for you. Ableton definitely cares about Windows users, I’ll check and see if this specific issue was filed already, but I’m guessing it was.

          • policarpo

            Yah I know they do. Just being prickly. ๐Ÿ˜ I just love using this app on my Mac but want to use it on my SP3 because of portability. I just can’t really use it because it hurts my eyes because of the blurry UI text.

  • I second Push 2 + Reaktor Blocks, an amazing combination.