Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Cueing and playing music, part of Ableton Live: DJing.
- We're finally at the part in the course…where we're going to start playing music.…Now, assuming that you've warp markered…and keyed all of your tracks correctly,…this should be fun.…If not, you might be scratching your head…trying to figure out why things sound garbled.…It's okay.…This stuff takes practice.…Try not to get frustrated.…Before we start though, we need to do…a little bit more MIDI mapping.…Remember the two channels we created…called CH1 and CH2 here on the left?…Well, now we're going to map some of the slots in them…so that when we drag tracks into those slots…we can trigger them with our MIDI controller.…So let's press the MIDI button here…on the top right-hand corner.…
OK, so here on my MIDI controller you'll notice…a matrix of buttons in the middle.…There are eight across and eight down, for a total of 64.…Now, we're only going to use the first two columns…from the left and we're also only going to use…the first seven buttons, starting from the top,…for a total of 14 buttons.…Now, just like the slots are arranged here in Ableton,…
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