Collaborating with the Fastlane Music School, developer Soundmanufacture released Push Hacker 2 – a new and expanded version of the Max for Live device. As the name suggests, the EUR 12 device makes it possible to reconfigure the Ableton Push (1 & 2) hardware controller to nearly every whim of yours. The operation is very simple and intuitive, letting you remap any of the controller’s buttons and knobs pretty quickly.
Soundmanufacture Push Hacker 2 Max for Live Device
Is Push Hacker 2 the key to your dream Ableton Push workflow? It might be! The new version offers improved performance and features such as mappings buttons and knobs to any Ableton Live parameter, drawing curves for slider parameters, clip control (moving the clip grid, recording and playing clips), selecting and soloing individual tracks, and more. You can map up to eight individual parameters to any pad and set the color for it as well. All functionality is available in both Note and Session modes, so you no longer need to switch modes while performing live. You can also re-configure the controller to work best for a particular performance.
The user interface of Push Hacker 2 is very nice, too. You can see exactly which functions are assigned to each button or knob. The assignments work via dragging and dropping parameters to the on-screen Push controller.
With a modest price of EUR 12, this device is worth considering if you want to get more out of the Push hardware.
Push Hacker 2 Price and availability
Soundmanufacture Push Hacker 2 is available from the manufacturer’s website for EUR 12. The Max for Live device requires Ableton Live (including Max for Live) and the Ableton Push (1 or 2) hardware. An online user manual and some tutorial videos can be found on the website.