Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Hardware requirements, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
- Let's talk about the hardware you're gonna need…to get started.…Now in my setup here, I'm using a Macbook Pro…which has eight gigs of RAM,…and a 500 gigabyte solid state hard drive.…A Native Instruments DJ Audio 8 audio interface,…a Livid Instruments Ohm64 midi controller,…a midi joystick that I built myself,…an Arturia Microbrute which I'm using…as a simple midi keyboard,…and a Wiimote.…I also have a Techniques 1200 turntable,…and a DJ mixer, as well as a microphone…and a pair of headphones.…
If you're not familiar with what all these are,…that's okay.…I'm gonna explain what each one…is used for throughout this course.…Now, you don't need all of this stuff…to get going, so let's just start with the basics.…Ableton recommends either an Intel Mac…with OS 10.7 or later.…Or a PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8.…Whichever you have, Mac or PC,…you'll need a multi-core processor…with a minimum of two gigabytes of RAM,…and a display with a minimum of 1024 by 768 pixels.…You'll also need three gigabytes…of hard drive space for the installation,…
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