Browsing plug-in presets with Push

  • Live Versions: 9.5
  • Operating System: ALL

NOTE: Please bear in mind that implementation differs significantly for Push 1 or Push 2 as well as between VST and AU plugins.

Browsing plug-ins with Push

As of Live 9.5, it is possible to browse plug-ins directly with Push: the browser will display a 'Plug-ins' category listing the available third party devices, depending if you are loading / hotswapping an instrument or an audio effect. A default parameter configuration can be saved for each VST or AU plug-in.

Browsing plug-in presets

Once a plug-in is loaded, Hotswap mode will allow browsing presets, provided they are exposed to Live.
To activate Hotswap with Push, select a device using the respective upper display button and press 'Browse'. 

VST plug-in presets (Push 2 only)

A number of VSTs expose one bank of presets to Live by default. The easiest way to verify this is to take a look at the plug-in device in Live's Device View. If the plug-in preset list is accessible (not greyed out), its content will also appear on the Push display when entering Hotswap mode via the 'Browse' button. 

Korg Polysix.png

Plug-in banks are exposed by default in the Korg Polysix VST

If this list is active, but contains no presets, it might first be necessary to add presets to the custom bank which is exposed to Live. This is done in various ways by the plug-in manufacturers. For example, in Massive, FM8 and other Native Instrument devices, this is achieved by adding presets to the "PC Programs" bank.

FM8.png

In FM8, presets can be exposed to Live by adding them to the PC program bank.

Browsing AU presets (Push 1 and 2)

AU plug-ins do not expose the presets inside such a list. Instead, these are embedded inside the plug-in itself or stored in a specific directory on your Mac's system drive. 

In order to browse AU presets with Push, these must be available as .aupreset files. In this case, such presets will be displayed on Push while in Hotswap mode. These type of files can be saved in any directory of choice, for example in a dedicated folder inside your Ableton User Library.

User Lib.png

AU presets can be stored anywhere on your computer.