Setting up Push 2 (Mac)

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: macOS

Connect Push 2

  • Connect Push 2 directly to a USB port on your computer rather than through a hub.
  • If you have to use a hub, it must be powered and you need to make sure to only use the hub´s original power connection.
  • Use the included USB cable which came with your Push 2.
  • Power the Push 2 with its AC adapter to ensure maximum brightness for the display and LEDs.
  • Push the power switch in to turn the unit on. The power switch is located on the back panel of your Push, behind the master volume knob.

Launch Live

Push 2 requires Live 9.5 or later to work. Make sure to download and install the latest available version from your User Account.

Push 2 will automatically configure as soon as Live is running, provided its MIDI ports are correctly detected by MacOS. This is how your MIDI preferences should look once Push 2 is plugged into your computer:


While Push 2 automatically configures as a Control Surface, you will need to manually configure the Push User port to create custom mappings with Push while in User mode.

Firmware update

Before Push 2 is ready to use, a Firmware update might be necessary. If this is the case, Live will perform the update automatically, and the Push display will notify you once the process has completed, instructing you to restart the device.

The Firmware update will only take place if Push is correctly configured as above. 


In case Push 2 does not function as expected:

  • Try a different USB port on your computer.
  • Try a different USB cable.
  • Make sure that the USB cable is fully inserted into your Push 2 - it requires a firm press to properly connect.
  • In case the USB cable does not connect properly, try to clean the USB port with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Use the cable provided with the unit as other USB cables may not fit into the Push 2 USB port housing.
  • To test the USB connection, check whether the Push 2 receives power from the computer when its AC adapter is unplugged.
  • Check that the control surface for Push 2 is active, and that only one control surface for the Push 2 is selected.

In case the above steps don't work, please check the dedicated articles below for specific issues:

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