The Ultimate Showdown: Ableton Push 3 vs Akai Force

For any creative home recording artist, choosing the right instrument for your music production workflow is crucial. With so many options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to pick one that meets your needs and preferences.

In this blog post, we’ll be comparing two popular instruments in the music production industry: the Ableton Push 3 and the Akai Force. Both these instruments have their unique advantages and disadvantages, but which one is better? Let’s dive deeper into the features of both and find out which one would be the perfect fit for you.

Akai force

Starting with the Akai Force, one of its biggest plus points is its large and responsive touch screen. The screen makes it easy to see and quickly navigate between various functions. Moreover, the crossfader feature on the Akai Force is a key component for any live-set or jam. The ability to switch between tracks, sends, and volumes with eight macro knobs is one of the best features in Akai Force. It also boasts a decent arrangement mode which is helpful for live sets or performances.

Ableton Push 3

On the other hand, Ableton Push 3 is known for its intuitive automation recording feature that makes recording automation a breeze. Compared to the Akai Force, the Ableton instruments are top-notch and sound exceptional. The addition of the incredible Wavetable feature is stunning and adds a new layer of creativity to your music production workflow. Plus, Ableton has a legendary timestretch/warp feature that is widely considered the best in the industry, making audio manipulation easier for creators.


When it comes to the design of both the instruments, they are very different from each other. Ableton Push 3 is primarily designed for use with Ableton Live and is perfectly integrated into the software. However, Akai Force can function as a standalone instrument and also be used with other music production software. The Akai Force is also physically bigger and heavier than the Ableton Push 3, making it more challenging to carry around.


In conclusion, both Ableton Push 3 and Akai Force instruments have their unique advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking for an instrument for live performances, then Akai Force would be the best fit for you, thanks to its large screen and crossfader feature. On the other hand, if you are keen on generating better-sounding music and timestretching/warping audio, Ableton Push 3 would be the ideal choice. It all depends on your needs, preferences, and creative workflow. At the end of the day, picking an instrument that motivates you to create music should be your number one priority.





One response to “The Ultimate Showdown: Ableton Push 3 vs Akai Force”

  1. Teacee Avatar

    I own both so you have the best of both worlds.

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