Ableton Push: Mapping 3rd Party Plugins | UniqueSquared.com


Hi Guys, This is Paul with UniqueSquared.com.
As everyone talks about Push but not everyone has gotten their hands on one, a common question
is being asked about whether or not third party plugins will be as easy to use with
Push as Ableton’s own Suite products. As you can see, using Ableton’s own Operator, controls
are easy to access, and even when menu diving, navigation is clean and simple. Sadly, third
party plugins are not this integrated out of the box, but luckily, that’s a very easy
fix. Using an instance of Korg’s Polysix, we’ll show you the quickest method for getting
the controls you like at the top level. Go to the Polysix plugin, or something similar
from your own library, in the channel view and click the “Configure” button. Once this
is clicked, via the plugin view, select the controls you want mirrored by Push. These
will appear in the order they are selected. I like to have my filters and basic shaping
controls available at the top level, so those are the ones I select. On playback you can
see that the Polysix plugin quickly slides into the Push workflow with minimal preparation.
Thanks to how the Polysix is set up, all the labels are easy to read and they spread across
the Push LCD just like Ableton’s own Suite products. With a few quick tweaks, the Polysix
is suddenly playing more like the analog original it is modeled after. With a more complicated plugin, like Native
Instruments Massive, you might want more controls than the simple top level configuration I
built for the Polysix. You might say, “but Paul, how am I supposed to succeed in this
Godless world with only 8 knobs?” To which I would say “stop whining,” but more importantly,
the tabbed menu system in Push is great for these kind of breakouts. As we select four
and then eight controls, we see everything still appear on the first page. We will keep
adding controls, but no longer see them adding on our visible page in Push. Just as in the
case of the Polysix, the Massive controls are now responding quickly in the “oh so Push”
way that makes everyone so happy with Push. If we dive down into the second level of the
controls for massive, we can now see that we have three pages listed on the bottom part
of the LCD menu. Each of these pages can be accessed via the button immediately below
them in the Device view. And that’s the very simple way that you can
map third party plugins to Ableton Push. If you don’t want to do this every time you use
the plugin, simply save the device and load that one in the future. For the best prices on Ableton, Ableton Push,
or to learn more about about both, visit us at UniqueSquared.com. Thanks for watching.

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