Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Configuring your MIDI controller, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
- Now that we have a basic template set up,…let's start mapping parameters to the midi controller.…This will allow you to control Ableton by using…the controller and free you up from using the mouse.…We're gonna start with the volume sliders…on each of the channels.…So click on the midi button here in the…top right-hand corner.…You'll notice that a bunch of things turn blue…once you press the button.…The blue indicates a parameter that has the…ability to be mapped to a controller.…When you click on a parameter, for instance,…let's click on the volume slider on channel one,…you're telling Live that you wanna map…this parameter on the controller.…
Now I'm gonna move the volume slider on the far-left…of the Ohm, which will tell Ableton to map it.…You'll notice a number will pop up on the slider…once it receives the midi data.…As soon as you see that number, you're ready to move on.…So, let's do the same thing for channel two…with the next slider over.…Okay.…Now that the volume sliders are mount, let's move on…to some of the other parameters we'll be using.…
Scott next introduces some performance tricks to wow your audience, by integrating loops, samples, and FX. He also provides a demo of alternative controllers that can make your performances more dynamic, including a Wiimote, joystick, MIDI keyboard, and live vocoder. Finally, he discusses methods to record your live DJ set and fine-tune it after the fact.
- Setting hardware, software, and templates
- Configuring your MIDI controller
- Importing tracks
- Keying and warping tracks
- Cueing music
- Harmonic mixing
- Transposing tracks
- Changing tempo
- Working with alternative controllers
- Recording your set