Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonic mixing, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
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- Now I'm gonna show you harmonic mixing.…I'm gonna assume that you've keyed out all your tracks…and you're ready to learn about the circle of fifths.…If you haven't, I've provided you with a session…where that's already done for you.…So this is the circle of fifths.…Without getting into deep musical theory,…it's essentially a chart that explains…how keys relate to one another.…Now, the great thing about this is that…you don't necessarily need to know why it works.…The only thing that you need to know…is how to use it to your advantage.…Here's a C on the chart.…We know for a fact that other tracks in C…will harmonically mix with one another,…which isn't to say that all tracks in C…will work vibe-wise with one another.…
But nonetheless, they're harmonically related.…If you look at the chart, the two keys next to C…on it's left and right, are F and G.…You'll find that mixing songs that are in F or G…with songs that are in C will sound more fluid musically.…Unless, of course, your other song…starts and ends with just drums and no music,…
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