Here is the original article below... HOWEVER, ABLETON HAVE CONFIRMED THIS PHOTO IS NOT REAL, so the article doesn't have specific relevance in terms of there being a standalone Push...
The dust has hardly settled since Native Instruments unveiled Maschine+, their standalone groovebox and controller, and a leaked image shows Ableton's Push 3 that may also surprise us if it turns out to be accurate.
Maschine+ is a standalone instrument and controller that can control Maschine and your DAW much like Maschine MK3, but can also run as an instrument, sequencer and controller of hardware synths without connecting to a computer at all. Wouldn't it be interesting if Ableton decided to similarly bring out Push 3 not just as a controller for Live 10, but also as a standalone instrument, groovebox and music making machine with the computer processor inside the controller itself.
Again, if the image is a bonafide leak, then Push 3 at the very least includes a built-in audio interface... though we suspect, thanks to the inclusion of an SD card slot, it's aiming to do a whole lot more and could be a standalone version of Ableton Live inside the Push 3 controller body. How exciting! On the other hand, this image might be mischief making with some decent Photoshop skills thrown in...!
We chanced upon this "leaked" image promo shot of Ableton Push 3 on Facebook by Chinchin Ray in the Ableton Live Tutorials group. While it only shows the rear of Push 3, this turns out to be even more interesting than a top down shot. Here's why...
Push 2 features a USB port and an Aux 1 and 2 connections. What you'd expect for a USB controller, right, where Ableton Live on a laptop or desktop machine is providing the grunt processing power.
And here is the current Push 2:
Check out our sharpened image of the Push 3 below...
Ok, take a breath.
Let's go through the leaked Push 3 image from left to right:
The only other clues or hints in this image are the numbers, 2021... suggesting that Push 3 will be released next year. However, it's very possible that Ableton have decided to annoucne Push 3 early, if indeed it does operate as a standalone groovebox, in a bid to curtail interest in Maschine+ which would sit neatly as a direct competitor.
As with any rumor, it'll take some time before we know what Push 3 really is. Stay tuned to Ask.Audio for more info as and when we get it.
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