Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Organization and color coding, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
- Organization is a tremendously…important part of being a good DJ.…If you don't know where to find a song…you could be spending all of your time…looking for tracks instead of enjoying your set.…So this is how I organize my session.…You'll notice that my session is a little…more complex than the one we've been…working on the previous videos.…This is because I've been working…on this very session for years now,…changing and adapting it to my needs as necessary.…Now, one of the things you might notice…right off the bat, is how I have all these channels created…with names of genres at the top.…
This is how I categorize all my music.…You'll also notice that I have them all color-coded.…Once you've been using a session for a while…your brain will automatically go…the the color instead of the name.…Let's go through a few of these,…you can see deep house, breaks,…new funk, electro, side trans,…this makes it easy for me to find songs…because I not only have songs keyed out now,…but now I have them organized by genre.…One of the things you might also notice…
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