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Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.
- Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
- Choosing songs for a DJ set
- Building your decks
- Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
- Knowing when to use headphones
- Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
- Looping with Beat Repeat
- Setting up multiple instruments on one track
- Creating a bus track for master effects
- Preparing your original productions for the stage
- Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
- Live looping and live sample cutting
- Recording your live performance
Skill Level Intermediate
We've seen how you can deejay by inputting songs into Ableton Live and create a DJ set. In this Chapter we'll see how we can take original tunes and create a live performance. The first thing I'm going to show you is how to group the different elements in your songs and export them to your computer as audio files. Take your time with this process. It might be the longest step in preparing your live show. In Ableton Live, I've loaded one of my projects. Let's take a listen.
(music playing) As you can see, we're in a different view that we've been so far. This is called the Arrangement View. This is where we're going to arrange our ideas after we lay them down in the Session View. If you want to switch between two views, you can hit the Tab key, or you can use the View Selectors to the upper right of the screen.
First, let's start by marking the different segments of the songs by adding Locators. To add a Locator, I need to right-click on the Play bar and choose Add Locator. Let's call this Intro. I'm going to move it by dragging it to the start. Let's add Locators the other sections of the song. I'm going to call this Part A, Part B, Part C, and Outro.
Next thing we need to do is to group the different elements of the songs. For me, I'm going to group into 4 groups, Kick, Bass, Music, Snare & Percussion. You can also group into Instruments, Vocals, Effects, or anything that comes in mind. Let's do it now. To group, I'm going to choose the tracks that I want to group by clicking on them, holding Shift, and selecting. Right-click and choose Group Tracks. Let's rename them by clicking Command+R or Ctrl+R, and I'm going to call this Music.
The bass and kick are on their own tracks, so we don't need to group them. And let's group the snare, hi-hats, percussion, and beat loop tracks. Again, by holding Shift and selecting, right-clicking, choosing Group Tracks. We can also use Command+G or Ctrl+G. Let's call this Snare & Perc. Let's fold the groups. Go ahead and just click the Fold button next to them. Now, I'm going to right-click on the first Locator and choose Loop to Next Locator. Next, I'm just going to click on the loop bracket, and then I'm going to go to File > Export.
Under Rendered Tracks, we're going to choose All Tracks, which is going to export all the tracks, including the tracks that are inside the groups, Return Tracks, and the Master Track. So, there might be some unnecessary files we will have to delete. Under Audio, choose your favorite format, WAV or AIFF. Sample Rate, I'm using 44100, you might be using a different Sample Rate, as well, you might be using a different Bit Depth. I'm using 24. I'm going to turn on Create Analysis Files, because, that's going to make the process of importing the song later on to our newly- created project a lot faster. Let's hit OK.
Go to the Desktop. I've created a folder called Live Show. I'm going to create another folder in it, naming the name of the song with the BPM. And name of the file, I'm going to call it the name of the Locator or the segment of the song, which is in this case is Intro. Let's hit Save. Let's go to the Finder window. And here we can find all our audio files that we've exported as well as ASD files, which are the Analysis files. Let's go and sort everything by Kind.
Scroll down, and let's choose all the unnecessary files such as Return tracks. I'm going to hold Command and select other Return, beat loop, hi-hat, perc, Samples, Snares, and Intro. So, we only remain with the default groups we exported, exactly what I wanted. We can also delete the ASD files if you want, but they did not catch too much space. So, I'm not going to delete them right now. Let's go back into Live. Now, let's export the second section. I'm going to right-click on the Locator > Loop to Next Locator, hit the loop bracket, and once again go to File and Export.
Now, I've shown you how to export one segment of the song. Of course, you need to repeat this process for each segment of the song. Export it to a folder in your hard drive and delete unnecessary files. In the next video, we'll create a new project and start building our live performance.