How Strata differs from Push II

Strata, a new way to play in Ableton Live

How Strata differs from Push II


Strata is designed around a combined style of grid controllers and beat pads, but the similarity largely ends at this aesthetic. Rather than the grid to be used as a clip launching matrix, step sequencer, or polyphonic note-play surface, it is used primarily as a menu of modes and options, track selectors, and mixer controls.

The uniquely-defining feature of Strata is multi-selection control, which allows for simultaneous control of all features listed below to whatever tracks are currently selected.


StrataPush II
o    No on-board display, but auto-changing of Live’s views to match controls in use, plus selected parameter control along with 8 macro controls.

o    16-pad polyphonic note play, with 8 octave banks, for 128 note access, including use with drum rack.

o    Step sequencer planned for development, but not yet included.


The knobs

o    Dedicated Sends controls.

o    Dedicated EQ controls, using auto-loading instance of EQ8.

o    Dedicated Hi-Lo filter, currently using custom M4L device, planned to be redesigned to use EQ8.

o    Dedicated Gain control using auto-loading instance of Utility.

o    Dedicated pan control using mixer section.

o    Dedicated volume control using mixer section.

o    Dedicated range-assignable tempo control, currently using custom M4L device, planned to be redesigned without.


The pads

o    128 snapshots which capture all parameters of selected tracks, including clip loop brace and play-head start position.

o    128 chain selections.

o    Clip Cue-Play, triggering on press, stopping on release.

o    Sound Palette: Play 16 tracks as a drum rack.

o    Digital-vinyl-style loop length and region control, and slicing, for on-the-fly remixing.

o    Key transposition in semitone increments.


Miscellaneous features

o    Dedicated Bus Tracks and Cue Track.

o    Pitch-tempo latch.

o    Toggleable MIDI note sustain.

o    Toggleable option to trigger note C3 while changing snapshots or chains.

o    Knob-Pad selection split for independent track selection control of knobs and pads.

o    Envelope capturing of all parameters.

o    On-board display with auto-mapping navigation of all (or most) parameters.

o    Dedicated Slice to Simpler control.

o    64-pad polyphonic note play, including use with drum rack.

o    Step-sequencer.


For a more in-depth look, you can browse through the user guide and the controller layout, and watch the video tutorial playlists, here or on YouTube.




If I’m missing anything about Push II, please let us know in the comments.

For all else, head over to the forum.

One Response

  1. Mole says:

    It’s funny that they are even comparing this to the push 2. There was a lot left out in this articles comparison about what the push is capable of. These are two totally different controllers meant for different things. In my opinion, the point of the push 2 is to get away from looking at a monitor, keyboard and mouse to further immerse yourself in the music. The push 2 is an instrument in itself. I personally start every project with my monitor off and it has helped my creativity and productivity more than any piece of gear has. I could never see this strata used in my work flow.

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