Ableton Push 3 Upgrade Kit is here

Ableton Push 3 Upgrade Kit is available, and it looks like it is incredibly easy to turn your MIDI controller version into a standalone instrument

Today, Ableton let us know that the Push 3 Upgrade Kit – an upgrade that lets you convert a Push 3 without a processor into a standalone instrument – is now available.

With the standalone components installed, your Push will work exactly the same as a Push bought with a processor. It lets you step away from your computer, running Ableton Live as a hardware device.

When Ableton launched the Push 3, earlier this year, it announced two versions of it. Not only was there the next-gen edition of the pad-based MIDI controller that many Live users have come to know and love, but also, tantalisingly, a completely standalone device that can be used away from the computer.

But there was also a third option, as Ableton confirmed at the time that an upgrade kit would eventually be released that enabled you to turn your ‘standard’ Push 3 into a standalone one. Now that kit has arrived, and the good news is that it looks incredibly easy to install.

Ableton has put together a step-by-step guide to upgrading your Push 3 on its website. The Upgrade Kit contains an Intel 11th Gen Core i3-1115G4 processor with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD hard drive, a lithium iron phosphate battery and a heatsink. All required screws come supplied, as does a screwdriver, a backplate lifter and a protective mat.

Ableton belives that you should be able to complete the whole upgrade in no more than 30 minutes, and is confident that no prior electronics experience is required. It’s worth noting that only the components that come in the kit should be installed in your Push 3 – if you plug in parts that have come from elsewhere, you’ll void your warranty.

In addition, none of the components are currently available individually – only the complete Upgrade Kit. However, Ableton does say that it may sell some parts – such as batteries and more powerful processors – on their own in the future.

Here’s how you install the Push 3 Upgrade Kit:

The Upgrade Kit is available now for $1049.00. Find out more and take a look at the Upgrade Kit installation guide on the Ableton website.

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