Ableton Push vs Novation Launchpad Pro (or others?)

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13 posts since 6 Dec, 2016

Post Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:45 pm

Hey guys so I was recently testing out both Ableton & Bitwig as a new DAW and have finally settled on buying Ableton Live Suite with an educational discount. However, I would like to buy a grid controller in addition to Live and I'm not sure which to get. I do have an MPK Mini but I've never actually found it very "inspiring" to use and, like I said, I'd like to have an actual grid controller.

On one hand, I've never heard a single bad thing about the Push. It looks amazing and judging from reviews it seems to really improve people's workflows within Live. However, the Push will put me over $1,000 even with my educational discount. For someone just starting out with Live and still getting used to its workflow will the Push really make a difference over the $300 Launchpad Pro? Also, how good is the Launchpad Pro compared to the Push? Is it comparable on a perfomance level? Are the feel of the pads similar or is the Launchpad's "cheap"? Would I be able to do the same things with the Launchpad Pro that I can with the Push?

Thank you all for any advice and information & if you have any suggestions other than the Push or Launchpad Pro I'd love to hear them!

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2992 posts since 28 Jan, 2011 from MEXICO

Re: Ableton Push vs Novation Launchpad Pro (or others?)

Post Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:34 pm

Push integration is obviously better, it is a controller designed mostly for composition and IMHO it is good for someone starting.

But in your place I would look for a Push 1 second hand, they go really cheap, they are well made and are very useful, maybe after using it you are convinced you are going to find Push 2 as good and you upgrade, but if you don't get on with Push 1 you can just sell it and move on.
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280 posts since 4 Aug, 2017

Re: Ableton Push vs Novation Launchpad Pro (or others?)

Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:38 pm

Akai APC40 or APC Mini

2430 posts since 4 Jan, 2005

Re: Ableton Push vs Novation Launchpad Pro (or others?)

Post Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:54 am

If you are looking to use the grid controller like a midi keyboard and/or drum pad as well as the standard clip launching function , then I'd recommend the Push1 "used" or a Push2 new or used over the other stuff that was recommended . So ... +1 Used Push1

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23662 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Ableton Push vs Novation Launchpad Pro (or others?)

Post Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:32 am

I sold my Launchpad soon as I got Push ... they're not really in the same league (in use with Live) imho. The screen & knobs on Push2 make all the difference.

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