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Push is a fully cohesive and intelligent controller designed for absolute command of Ableton 9. With a hands-on approach to melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts the fundame... Read More

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Push is a fully cohesive and intelligent controller designed for absolute command of Ableton 9. With a hands-on approach to melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips. There are a total of 64 touch-sensitive pads that give you a number of different ways to create beats, step sequence arrangements, and navigate your loop - all at the same time!

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Play beats live with velocity-sensitive pads made by Akai Professional, and adjust sounds and kits while you play with eight touch-sensitive endless encoders. Hold a pad to repeat notes in time with your track while adjusting swing or the repeat divisions in real time.

Step Sequence
Step sequence beats directly using the pads for precise control. Select any step and tweak timing and velocity individually for each cell. See velocity and accents for each step shown on the Push's pads.

Navigate
Select which bar of your loop you want to sequence or adjust the length of the loop.

Push also gives you a unique way to experience notes and chords, by allowing you to play in every key using the same finger patterns. You can move between different root-notes at the touch of a button, and explore new harmonies and phrases across all of the 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. You can also set Push to only show the notes available from a diatonic scale, essentially eliminating all of the notes that do not fit the key of the scale you are using. This makes for a fast, and creative way to write parts for your song.

Ableton 9 comes packed with a ton of inspiring sounds, and with Push you have an instant way to interact with all of those sounds and a comprehensive collection of instruments and effects. All of your sounds are ready to be played, tweaked, and personalized. Fine-tune parameters in your instruments and effects using Push's touch-sensitive encoders and see everything from Push's display.

With Push you can improvise and play with song structure; duplicate and create variations; trigger, re-arrange, and create new combinations; and capture everything you play with Push's unique recording workflow. Overdub new notes or create variations of phrases, moving quickly between your song materials with just a few buttons. After you've created ideas, switch to another mode to try them out in various combinations. When you're ready to get into arranging, detailed editing, and exporting your finished song, switch from Push to your computer to find your music already laid out in Ableton Live. Push gives you the best of both worlds for making music: inspiring hardware for hands-on control at the beginning, and full-featured music creation software for fine-tuning the details at the end.

If you're familiar with Live, Push complements what you already know. Live runs in the background, filling your Set with clips and scenes as you create with Push. You can switch between Push and Live when you're ready to finalize your song, and you'll find all of your song materials ready for you in Live's Session View. Push is also the ultimate performance controller, with pads that can be instantly repurposed into a clip-launching grid.

Push comes with a copy of Ableton Live 9 Intro so you can start creating immediately. The Intro version of Live 9 gives you access to some of the basic features that Live 9 has to offer, plus over 700 sounds, 3 instruments, and 26 effects.

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  • Fully integrated for absolute command of Ableton 9
  • 64 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads
  • Create beats, step sequence, and navigate your loop all at the same time
  • Play on velocity-sensitive pads made by Akai Professional
  • Unique approach to playing notes and chords
  • 11 Touch-sensitive encoders
  • Thin, compact size for easy transport next to your laptop
  • Repurpose pads into a clip-launching grid for ultimate live performances
  • Includes a copy of Ableton Live 9 Intro
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  • Included:
  • Push controller
  • Universal Power Supply: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz with interchangeable heads for North/Central America & Japan, Europe and UK (Type A, C, G).
  • USB cable
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  • Dimensions:
  • Width: 370mm (14.57 inches)
  • Depth: 293mm (11.54 inches)
  • Height (body): 26mm (1.02 inches)
  • Height (body + encoders): 46mm (1.81 inches)
  • Weight:
  • 6.6lb. (2990g)
  • Power:
  • The Push controller gets power from the USB port. If you would like to increase the brightness of the display and LEDs, use the included power supply.
  • Connections:
  • USB port
  • Power adapter input
  • Two assignable footswitch inputs
  • Pads:
  • 64 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads
  • RGB backlighting:
  • Designed by Akai Professional
  • Encoders:
  • 11 touch-sensitive encoders
  • Display:
  • Four line LCD alphanumeric display
  • Touchstrip:
  • 12 cm touch strip for pitch bend/scrolling
  • 24 LEDs for navigation
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4.2

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Revolutionary, inspirational, and not at all perfect

First of all - if you're a Live user, buy Push as soon as you can. My expectations were sky high in the months leading up to it's release, and I have not...Read complete review

First of all - if you're a Live user, buy Push as soon as you can. My expectations were sky high in the months leading up to it's release, and I have not been disappointed. The build quality is space station grade, the pads feel amazing, the lights are so bright that your fingers leave little trails (the way they do when you wave in front of a computer monitor, say), the touch strip is responsive and fun, and you really can get away from your computer for whole chunks of time and just jam. I find myself just playing around in Note Mode while my mind wanders, the way you can do on a piano or a guitar, but not just a controller. So, in that sense, it is an instrument. Now, the reality check. There are many surprising omissions from the workflow which, when you discover them, will annoy you. I bet you thought you could load up drum sounds from the controller and "audition" them the way you can in Live 9s newly redesigned browser, didn't you? Well, you can't. The browser in Push does not mirror the Live browser. Push is butter smooth with Live's native instruments, but using VSTs requires certain workarounds, and these workarounds are never perfect. (Example- you can use the drum step sequencer to send MIDI to NI Battery or another drum sampler, but won't be able to see note names or mix from within Live. You must take the time to map the VST parameters in advance in order to control them from Push. Though the Push is a lot more fun than an APC40 or Launchpad for launching clips, you may miss some of of the dedicated Solo, Mute, Arrangement Record buttons on those controllers. Compared to Maschine, the next closest thing: Push has so many different ways that you can interface with your sounds (easily changing musical scales, adding and tweaking new effects, playing unconventional progressions) that it can really get you playing differently than you normally do. Maschine never had that for me, with it's 16 pad layout, barely 2 octaves compared to Push's 8. That said, you won't find Maschine's super smooth sample chopping workflow, nor it's automatic mapping of NI Komplete plugins. Conclusion: at least as of this early stage (Push firmware 1.0, Live 9.0), Push works best if you spend the time with your good old fashioned mouse and keyboard to prepare your instruments in advance, and build yourself a pallette of sounds to work with, then sit back in a cozy chair, monitor and mouse in the background, and just jam. I did just that this afternoon, and once I found my flow, hours passes in the flick of an eye. In short, it's far more intuitive at playing/sequencing drums and playing chords and scales than it is on controlling some other functions, but once you (and I) have time to learn it, it well bring treasure troves of fun and rewards.

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Great if You're Just Working with Ableton. Lacking in other areas...

Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Ableton. I've been using it for the past 3-4 years now, and I've been a big advocate of the software ever...Read complete review

Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Ableton. I've been using it for the past 3-4 years now, and I've been a big advocate of the software ever since. I bought Push and was initially hoping to replace my APC40 in both the studio and live environments, but as soon as I received my Push device, I realized that would not be a viable solution. There is so much button toggling required to access basic parameters that I would need readily available (simple track volume, sends/pan, even solo/arm functions) that I'd be spending my entire life just juggling buttons without actually being able to launch clips, solo on the fly, or adjust levels in a fluid manner like the APC40 which is all laid out on the interface. Hopefully you're aware by now that if you get Push, you're going to pretty much be boxed in to Live. It's pretty much common knowledge by now that Push was designed for exclusive use with Live and that's all you should really expect it to be good for. If you like to use Live's instruments and Drum Racks, then you should be pretty happy with your workflow. If you're like me and incorporate a lot of external hardware/synths more than Live's instruments, then Push becomes less useful since you have to return to the mouse/keyboard to set up your routing options anyways. Yes, you can group VSTs into Instrument Racks and you can now browse your User Library and Places, but even that is spotty at best. One thing to note: it's totally centered around the Session mode. Push does NOT support Arrangement mode well at all. You definitely have to return to using the mouse and keyboard if you're used to working in Arrangement mode more than Session. You can't even record directly to Arrangement mode from Session using the hardware which I thought was weird... Working with samples also essentially renders Push useless. Anytime you're working with audio and samples, you pretty much have to return to using the mouse/keyboard which, again, negates Ableton's claims that you can ditch looking at the laptop and focus solely on using Push. A controller like Maschine is far better suited for that sort of process, but for the price you're paying for Push, why should I have to incorporate a second equally-expensive controller just to fill in that gap? Hopefully they'll add support for this in the future, but as of now, it's not there for Push and who knows if they even care about that. The things that Push does well certainly make it an appealing controller. It's integration with Live 9's scales in Note Mode is interesting. Also features like Note Repeat, having a giant touch slider on the left for pitch bend and Drum Rack navigation, Undo/New/Duplicate/Delete, Tap Tempo/Metronome, and a nice brightly-lit, high-contrast LED screen make your workflow in Live easier. However, there are other controllers that do much if not all of these things just as well .. Anyways, depending on what you're looking to get out of Push, be prepared to add another controller to fill in some gaps where Push falls short.

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5.0

Got Me Sounding Like A Trap God!

By TERRACE

from Greensboro

To be honest, as a Hip Hop/Producer/Writer/DJ I was very hesitate on the purchase. Because I do a lot of tutorial watching on Youtube, many of those guys were on some techno/house stuff. So I could not appreciate what Push was doing... Caught it on sale and now I wonder WHY, WHY, did it take me so long!!!??? since I'm familiar with Live, I jumped out of the box like I had 10years of formal music training lol well maybe not ten but for my Hip Hop genre. It's the best thing going!!! Giving my Maschine a run for the money fo sho!!!

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5.0

Great interface for Live

By james daniels

from Columbus, OH

What you want most from this thing is the ability to customize it, and google "Native Kontrols" if you want to pop the hood on this baby and make it go well beyond the factory settings. Native Kontrols do great work, and it will NOT void the warranty - the PXT Live suite they offer is an add on software component that doesn't affect the default functionality of Push in any way. Well worth the extra $20.00 to make this thing do pretty much anything you can think of. Anyway, just thought I'd put that out there first for the die hard Live users. Because if you are a die hard, the first thing you want to do with this controller is customize it nine ways from Sunday. And that's another reason to opt for Live 9 Suite bundled with Max for Live. Worth every penny. Everyone else will find plenty of functionality right out of the box. Short of that, this is an awesome piece of gear. Built like a TANK. Buttons are the perfect balance between firm and squishy - drummers and MPC fans will instantly appreciate the feel (after all, it's built by AKAI, the best finger pad makers in the business). Push vs. Machine? That's like Ferrari vs. Lamborghini. Both are killer devices, and if you have the cash, you really should own both. If the push is all you can afford right now, this won't leave anything to be desired, and the Machine is a specific piece that has to adopt to the Live environment if you want to do other things in Live. Push works seamlessly with Live right out of the box (be warned that you need to have Live 9 or later - It won't work with previous versions. Fortunately, Live 9 intro is included free of charge if you only buy the controller). The step sequencer is the #1 selling point for this unit. It easily shuts all other products down, and is a giant leap forward in terms of electronic music production. Once you see it in action, you will be addicted. It's best way to program drum beats that I have ever seen. And as of the current update, the step sequencer also does note lane sequencing for instruments too. The only thing that comes close is the Monome, and that's a highly specialized piece of equipment. This still leaps ahead of the pack because the pads are velocity sensitive, and are multi-color. Much like the Maschine. Sure a color LCD is nice, but no where near necessary for a device that isn't a standalone product. Get this thing. You won't be sorry. If you like hardware and are skittish about software products, this really closes the gap. If you're looking for hands on control of your music in realtime, and not just clip triggering, look no further. If you want a fully custom grid layout to make music from the future, this is your ticket. It *CAN* work with other software programs and DAWs, and without doing anything risky to it. If you want absolute control over it, there are resources online that help you make this work with any program you want for minimal extra cash. And like I said, the add on stuff won't void the warranty since it technically doesn't modify the product in any way. It just takes some novice hacking skills. But if that's too much for you, this will satisfy right out of the box and you'll be making serious bangers in no time flat.

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5.0

Limitless creativity.

By nathan norman

from San Clemente

I am writing this review because there is a lot to be said about Abletons Push. Now it is native to its software only. However you could use it or program it for others, lacking the full capability you get with Ableton. That said, Ableton is one of the hottest fastest growing DAWs on the market. If your doing mostly organic type music there are others that do audio better. But in the electronic and programming aspect i don't think there is a much better controller or software out there. I can literally step away from my monitor and do everything directly on the push. I have been laying out new tracks and ideas effortlessly. My workflow has quadrupled. As for the led s they do the job they should. it wasn't meant for the purpose of giving light shows. It also took me only twenty minutes to comprehend its basic functionality, leaving me with many more advanced options if i want to dig deeper. why this only has a four star review is beyond me. Its the only instrument in its class that outweighs the competition and it will only get better as time moves forward. If you could only buy one controller to do your writing, mixing, transporting, and editing all in one it would be Push. Hands down.

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4.0

The ultimate Ableton controller!!

By ERIC MANACSA

from Los Angeles, CA

I've had it close to 3 weeks now and I can't believe how amazing the controller is. I also own the Akai MPC 1000 and Maschine MK2. The Push is getting the most usage so far. I bought it for the step sequencer. I feel it surpasses the step feature in Maschine. I also love the way it can isolate scales since I'm not classically trained in piano. the build quality is great. I love the Maschine pads much more but after adjusting the pad sensitivity in Push, things improved. If you love Ableton then you enjoy session mode. I create all my clips and move into session mode to toy with arrangement in seconds. Say goodbye to your APC40. I made my first beat minutes after turning it on without instructions. I love Ableton Live 9! I gave it 4 stars because of the high price of $600. You can buy a lot for $600 to start making music. At the end of the day, it's just another controller. The APC40 use to cost a fortune when it first came out and now it's much less. I know the Push will have to go down in price someday so wait if you can. My other complaint has to do with the button illumination. It is not even. For $600 the illumination should be perfect. Warning: If you already have an Ableton Live 9 license, you'll have to fight for your Ableton Live Intro 9 license. They don't automatically give you Live Intro 9 if they know you own the full version. They will eventually give it to you but only after days of complaining straight to Ableton. This matters to me because Intro is worth $99 and want to use it on my other computer. I don't think it's their decision to not give it to me if I they advertise that it comes with it.

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4.0

Mine works great

By Gregory Baker

from South NJ

Obviously, the previous reviewer received a substandard unit. I got mine in August of 13 and it works flawlessly. No issues with the LEDs or software integration. I love this thing. What is it though? Instrument? Controller? I don't know, but it works great for me. As I see it, there are 3 primary functions. 1. Midi instrument control - This is were I get the most use out of my Push. Essentially, you can play any midi instrument or plug in (via Live) with pressure sensitive pads - arranged in really convenient ways. I'm a guitar player, though well trained in theory. I can't play keyboards. This thing has opened a whole new world to me. I can create useful parts that I could never approach in the past. I mentioned "Thru Live". This should come as no surprise but the Push does nothing without being connected to Ableton Live. It would have been really nice for it to function as a midi controller for anything, but you can understand that a device designed by Ableton would work only with their products. With that being said, you can 'play' any plugin Live can handle and that's the vast majority of VSTs out there. You can also control any hardware midi device that Ableton can talk to and that's pretty much everything. I've used it to control a Korg Krome via USB midi and a Roland JV 1080 via true midi. Both work flawlessly. Also, through the miracle of ReWire you can can play even more things. I use Reason for a lot of the sequencing I do and I can slave it to Live and have access to Thor via the Push which is really cool. This leads to a gripe with other software. It P@sses me off that apps like Cubase and Studio One can't act as ReWire slaves. Kind of arrogant of their designers to assume it would only ever occur to you to use their software as your master. I sure would like to have access to Halion in Live but I guess it isn't to be. I love the fact that I can easily control the scale covered by the pads. I love the fact that I can also set it to a chromatic mode where every note is available. I love that by learning a few simple shapes, I can play any chord. If you're an accomplished keyboard player, this is probably useless to you. I'm not and I find this invaluable. 2. Drum programming - Push offers two ways to program drum parts. The bottom left 6 pads can represent a drum rack. In this state, you press record and bang out drum parts to your hearts desire. I'm not terribly good with this but perhaps with some practice.... The other method is to use the top 32 pads as a standard step sequencer. I'm better at this but I find that parts programmed this way tend to sound a bit robotic. Again, perhaps with some practice.... In both modes, the bottom left 16 pads let you control the length of the loop you are creating. 3. Clip triggering. In 'Session' view, you can use the 64 pads to trigger clips much like you could with a Novation Launchpad or any number of other controllers. If you use Live in this fashion, this will probably be very useful to you. I don't. The Push can do MANY more things. You can add tracks, select instruments and control many of their parameters. These functions all work fine, but I guess I'm just used to working with a computer and I don't mind reaching for the mouse to do these things. I'm just scratching the surface. Push can do a remarkable number of things. I do have a couple of gripes. The primary one being the ribbon controller. As far as I can tell, it only has two functions. It works as a standard pitch bender on most instruments and can be used to scroll up and down in drum racks. I tend to play instruments where pitch bending is a bit of a non sequitur - like piano. I would much prefer the ribbon to be configurable as modulation. This would be far more useful to me and this should be fixable in a software patch. I would also like better access to control over non Ableton plugins as the previous reviewer mentioned. I understand however, that this IS coming in a software update. This thing is built like a tank. I have no concerns about build quality AT ALL. I expect years of service from it. Overall, I couldn't be much happier. This thing works as advertised. As I mentioned, it's opened up a whole new world to me. I can't offer much more praise. If I could, I'd give it 4 and a half stars, but that's not an option. It's not perfect, so I'm giving it 4 but it's a close call. This is easily the most complete controller for Live ever produced and because of ReWire and external midi, it's extended far beyond that. A quick note. One neat feature I've discovered. If you're a hopeless keyboard player, like myself but want to learn some useful parts on the Push, load up a midi file of something you want to learn in Live and send midi to the Push. It will then light up the appropriate notes as it plays. Neat! Excellent learning tool too.

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3.0

Great feel and workflow, poor LED color consistency

By Scott Goff

from Oakland, CA

The idea behind the Push is great, the feel of the pads and their responsiveness, feel of the encoders, quality of the display, even the feel of the function buttons is good. The LEDs, however, as was mentioned by another reviewer, vary widely when all pads are displaying the same color. Do not be fooled by the product photos you see online; they are misleading. The color variation between LEDs is most apparent when you are in "note" mode, where white LEDs represent keys in scale, and blue represent the key that the scale is in. The color variation in this mode is very distracting, as some of the LEDs really do look pink. I don't think I'll return the unit, as I love the pads so much, but buyer beware...maybe better to wait until Ableton sorts out the LED quality issue (and regardless of what Ableton says, it IS AN ISSUE. Definitely a bug, not a feature; the fact they have responded as if it doesn't matter is disappointing to say the least).

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3.0

Great if You're Just Working with Ableton. Lacking in other areas...

By CARLOS R ANDUJAR

from Atlanta, GA

Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Ableton. I've been using it for the past 3-4 years now, and I've been a big advocate of the software ever since. I bought Push and was initially hoping to replace my APC40 in both the studio and live environments, but as soon as I received my Push device, I realized that would not be a viable solution. There is so much button toggling required to access basic parameters that I would need readily available (simple track volume, sends/pan, even solo/arm functions) that I'd be spending my entire life just juggling buttons without actually being able to launch clips, solo on the fly, or adjust levels in a fluid manner like the APC40 which is all laid out on the interface. Hopefully you're aware by now that if you get Push, you're going to pretty much be boxed in to Live. It's pretty much common knowledge by now that Push was designed for exclusive use with Live and that's all you should really expect it to be good for. If you like to use Live's instruments and Drum Racks, then you should be pretty happy with your workflow. If you're like me and incorporate a lot of external hardware/synths more than Live's instruments, then Push becomes less useful since you have to return to the mouse/keyboard to set up your routing options anyways. Yes, you can group VSTs into Instrument Racks and you can now browse your User Library and Places, but even that is spotty at best. One thing to note: it's totally centered around the Session mode. Push does NOT support Arrangement mode well at all. You definitely have to return to using the mouse and keyboard if you're used to working in Arrangement mode more than Session. You can't even record directly to Arrangement mode from Session using the hardware which I thought was weird... Working with samples also essentially renders Push useless. Anytime you're working with audio and samples, you pretty much have to return to using the mouse/keyboard which, again, negates Ableton's claims that you can ditch looking at the laptop and focus solely on using Push. A controller like Maschine is far better suited for that sort of process, but for the price you're paying for Push, why should I have to incorporate a second equally-expensive controller just to fill in that gap? Hopefully they'll add support for this in the future, but as of now, it's not there for Push and who knows if they even care about that. The things that Push does well certainly make it an appealing controller. It's integration with Live 9's scales in Note Mode is interesting. Also features like Note Repeat, having a giant touch slider on the left for pitch bend and Drum Rack navigation, Undo/New/Duplicate/Delete, Tap Tempo/Metronome, and a nice brightly-lit, high-contrast LED screen make your workflow in Live easier. However, there are other controllers that do much if not all of these things just as well .. Anyways, depending on what you're looking to get out of Push, be prepared to add another controller to fill in some gaps where Push falls short.

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5.0

Really Good

By David Teel

from Los Angeles, CA

Ableton's Push is like no other midi pad controller I have ever used. Sure it has it flaws, like any controller, but i really enjoy its workflow. Its note mode makes it incredibly easy to play slick solos and quick chords. Its drum rack allows live playing and sequencing at the same time. It also includes the software, which is great. Good buy. I will continue to use this through the years i am sure

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1.0

I'd give it a zero if i could.

By Nshan Petrosyan

from California

Wow, where do I start? First off, dont buy into the hype. This is a poorly executed product. If you want to pay $600 to be a beta tested for Ableton, be my guest, but you have been warned.... THIS PRODUCT WAS RUSHED AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RELEASED AS IS! While I was initially very excited about receiving my Push, the novelty really wore off almost instantly as I started noticing the issues. The overall build quality was good.. except for the LEDs, Which unfortunately makes up 90% of the unit, so its a big problem actually. Non consistent LED colors, they should have called it Ableton Rainbow. White LEDs showing up as pink, blue, green, hues. They really cut corners are these cheapy LEDs. (I have contacted tech support, and they assured me this is "normal"..... WHAT?! The workflow and marriage to the software is minimal. Browsing is horrible, you cant even browse your own personal samples or user library, only the factory library. I dont want to go too far into all of the issues, but feel free to browse the official ableton forums for a huuuuge list of all of the issues. forums.ableton.com Needless to say, I returned the unit.

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5.0

Finally, a surface focused on composition

By Scott McGrath

from Boston, MA

Push is just amazing. The focus of the device is composition within Live, getting out of the key of C, on providing a tactile approach to playing that's new and innovative - and it does this. It is a real instrument, most of all, and a way to see if it's possible to create electronic music that doesn't sound like (or only like) electronic music. Expensive, but built like a tank and a beautifully finished product.

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