Gear of the Year: Best Controller – Ableton Push

Without doubt – Ableton Push is our clear controller of the year.

Best Controller – Ableton Push

Price £429–£863 (depending on Live software version) Web

No surprise here. Push won by a long way probably because it represents a new era of hardware control where the unit becomes more like an instrument, taking control up to a performance level.

Read our guide to making the most of Push here


A close second: Novation has had one of its busiest years, especially in terms of controllers. The Launchpad S was first and then there is the Mini. Both make control and composition an enormous amount of fun.