Initial Thoughts (4 days)
By: s5o from Austin, TX
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
I am in love with pads! Akai is already reknown for great MPC/MPD pads, and they really delivered with PUSH. You can adjust the velocity algorithm and also make the pads so sensitive that they'll trigger off the slightest vibration (seriously; a fly could probably play these, but it will go haywire at that sensitive a setting). I had been looking for a device to finger drum with and this one has plenty of buttons for me to control my favorite VST drum sampler plugin (kits can take up to 30 keys)
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
PUSH doesn't ship with a manual, and that blows. The manual is a section inside of Ableton Live's manual (you have to download it) that doesn't cover nearly enough, in my opinion. I don't necessarily think there's a huge learning curve, but I need the information readily available in order to judge. Since this is so new, it's trial and error
Your general opinion of this product.
I think very highly of this product. It has enormous potential and it's sturdy as hell. As I learn the ins and outs my opinion will increase
Was this item an overall good value?
In my case, PUSH is a huge value because Live isn't cheap either and I've barely used it (it was basically a glorified sampler for my live gigs). With Push, I actually want to PLAY in Live and enjoy it. Live has always felt cold and too 'electronic', but with Push I can play expressively and make music with my hands, not a mouse. If I wanted to, I could probably get rid of my MIDI keyboard and MPD now (naaaaaah)