PusheR

use Ableton Push to control Reason

Overview

PusheR2 ports the original PusheR software to the Ableton Push 2. You get the same great control of Reason:

  • device control including all native instruments, fx’s and hundreds of REs and VSTs mapped to the encoders (see list here)
  • mixer control for levels, pans, the entire channel strip and the master section of the SSL mixer
  • transport controls, track and patch navigation, song navigation and many useful key shortcut commands
  • adaptive pads which change based on the device being controlled with special modes for Kong, Redrum, Dr.OctoRex and an isomorphic keyboard layout for synths and samplers
  • programming of the Redrum step sequencer (requires Reason 8.2 or higher)
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Device Control

In “Device” mode, the encoders are automatically mapped to control the selected device. These include native instruments and fx’s, as well as Rack Extensions. For complex devices, the controls are logically divided into banks (Osc, Filter, Envelope, etc). As you touch an encoder, the full name of the parameter being adjusted is displayed on the LCD for clarity.

Mixer Control

There are several modes for controlling the different parts of the SSL mixer. Pressing on the “Mix” button allows access to 4 submodes for controlling Volumes, Pans, Widths, and the entire Channel Strip for the selected channel. Pressing on the “Master” button gives access to the Master Section controls.

Transport Control

In addition to basic transport functions like play, stop, record, rew and fwd, loop on/off, new alt and dub lanes, metronome, precount and quantization on/off, when pressing the “Clip” button, it is possible to navigate devices and patches, adjust the playhead position and loop locators all from the display controls. The current song name will also be displayed along with a thumbnail picture of the selected device (Reason devices and select REs). You can change the song tempo either by tapping it in with the dedicated “Tap Tempo” button or by dialing it with the notched tempo encoder. Pressing the “Convert” button accesses two pages of useful key commands to speed up the workflow.

Adaptive Pads

One of the best features of Push is its matrix of 64 expressive pads. In order to make the best use of them, the layout will adapt to the selected device in the sequencer. There are special modes for Kong, Redrum, and Dr.Octorex. If a synth or sampler is selected, the pads will default to an isomorphic keyboard layout which can be configured to play one of 25 selectable scales. This mode copies the Push behavior when used in Ableton Live. The pads will transmit channel aftertouch when controlling a synth or sampler, or poly aftertouch when controlling Kong, Redrum or Dr.Octorex. A tempo-synced Note Repeat is also available on all the different layout types. Starting with Reason 8.2, it is now possible to fully control the Redrum step sequencer when in Redrum Mode.

Operation Modes

PusheR works with Reason standalone, linked to another application via Ableton Link, or rewired to Ableton Live. In rewire mode, you can switch from controlling Live to controlling Reason by pressing the “User” button on the hardware.

Please note, Ableton Live is NOT required to use PusheR.

Overview

PusheR is a software solution which maps Ableton Push to control every aspect of Reason. Out of the box, you get:

  • device control including all native instruments, fx’s and hundreds of REs and VSTs mapped to the encoders (see list here)
  • mixer control for levels, pans, the entire channel strip and the master section of the SSL mixer
  • transport controls, track and patch navigation, song navigation and many useful key shortcut commands
  • adaptive pads which change based on the device being controlled with special modes for Kong, Redrum, Dr.OctoRex and an isomorphic keyboard layout for synths and samplers
  • programming of the Redrum step sequencer (requires Reason 8.2 or higher)
BUY!

Device Control

In “Device” mode, the encoders are automatically mapped to control the selected device. These include native instruments and fx’s, as well as Rack Extensions and VSTs. For complex devices, the controls are logically divided into banks (Osc, Filter, Envelope, etc). As you touch an encoder, the full name of the parameter being adjusted is displayed on the LCD for clarity.

Mixer Control

There are several modes for controlling the different parts of the SSL mixer. Pressing on “Volume” allows to control channel volumes in banks of 8 channels. Pressing on “Pan” gives access to channel pans, while pressing on “Clip” gives access to the entire channel strip for the selected channel. Pressing on “Master” gives access to the Master Section controls.

Transport Control

In addition to basic transport functions like play, stop, record, rew and fwd, loop on/off, new alt and dub lanes, metronome, precount and quantization on/off, when pressing the “Track” button, it is possible to navigate devices and patches, adjust the playhead position and loop locators all from the LCD controls. The current song name will also be displayed at the top right corner of the display. You can change the song tempo either by tapping it in with the dedicated “Tap Tempo” button or by dialing it with the notched tempo encoder.

Adaptive Pads

One of the best features of Push is its matrix of 64 expressive pads. In order to make the best use of them, the layout will adapt to the selected device in the sequencer. There are special modes for Kong, Redrum, and Dr.Octorex. If a synth or sampler is selected, the pads will default to an isomorphic keyboard layout which can be configured to play one of 25 selectable scales. This mode copies the Push behavior when used in Ableton Live. The pads will transmit channel aftertouch when controlling a synth or sampler, or poly aftertouch when controlling Kong, Redrum or Dr.Octorex. A tempo-synced Note Repeat is also available on all the different layout types. Starting with Reason 8.2, it is now possible to fully control the Redrum step sequencer when in Redrum Mode.

Operation Modes

PusheR works with Reason standalone, linked to another application via Ableton Link, or rewired to Ableton Live. In rewire mode, you can switch from controlling Live to controlling Reason by pressing the “User” button on the hardware.

Please note, Ableton Live is NOT required to use PusheR.

  • Windows 7 / 8 / 10 / 11
  • MacOS X 10.11.6 or later (compatible with Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey)
  • Reason 6 or later (compatible with Reason 12 standalone)
  • Ableton Push1 or Push2 with latest firmware. Please select in the shop the version of the software which matches your hardware
  • Windows users (1): a MIDI driver to create virtual MIDI ports. Please install LoopMIDI and create two ports named “from PusheR 1” and “to PusheR 1” if you have Push1 or “from PusheR2 1” and “to PusheR2 1” if you have Push2. See LoopMIDI video tutorial on the Installation tab
  • Windows users (2): please install the 32bit version (x86) for PusheR2, or the 64bit version for PusheR of the Java Runtime 8 from www.oracle.com

Installation Tutorials

Mac

Windows

LoopMIDI Installation

Setting Up IAC Ports Mac