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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbdu9CPjpY&list=PLqQTviiww1pOwOK-X1u_XxuVq28RwwwjD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lu_lJqQ35M&list=PLqQTviiww1pMzl08GndmTk3_cwp1WyPgR

 

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

For all else, head over to the forum.

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