Ableton Push owners now have a free set of samples, instruments and MIDI loops to play with.
Containing 102 instrument racks and 27 drum racks aimed primarily at users of Ableton’s Push controller, it also packs in 82 audio loops, 97 MIDI clips and 15 effects racks that make use of Live’s built-in synths and effects.
According to the Ableton, the hip-hop-inspired racks are ideal for everything from “warm bass and smooth electric pianos, to icy pads and sharp leads.” They’ve been developed by Timbaland sound designer Sound Oracle, California beatsmith Mic Checkmate and composer Michele Darling.
As you’d expect from any Ableton-developed tool, the instrument and drums racks all have macro controls mapped to Push’s eight knobs, which allow instant control over important parameters. The samples include loops and one-shots, and cover sounds from electric guitar chords to synth basslines. The MIDI clips will give you ready-made rhythms to play along to or modify as you like.
While Push is an excellent tool for making beats, Native Instruments’ Maschine has always been a slightly more attractive proposition out of the box because of its huge sound library. Beat Tools isn’t quite as expansive, but it does make a Live/Push combination more accessible for beginners in the market for a new MPC-style controller.
Beat Tools is free to owners of Push or Live 9 Suite. If you don’t own either of those, you can buy it from the Ableton store for €49.