Over the last two weekends I had the chance to borrow an Ableton Push. I'd like share my first observations and experiences with you so hopefully you can make a more informed decision if Push's the right thing for you.
Editor's note: Due to the lenghtiness of my review, I've split it in two parts and added Pro and Con for each section to make for better reading.
Ready, set, go
When you plug in Push, it'll tell you to start Live to play. You comply and Push is automatically recognised. Not only that, Live shows a pop up window asking if you want to start a song. If you deny, it opens an empty Live Set and you can choose if the pop up should reappear next time or not.
If you accept, a Live Set with three MIDI tracks opens, one with the Core 909 Drum Kit, one with a bass, one with the grand piano preset. The 909 track is armed and you see the layout for Drum Racks on Push with the step sequencer in the top half, the Drum Rack pads in the bottom left, controls for the loop length on the bottom right.