Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a basic Ableton DJ template, part of Ableton Live: DJing.
- The next step is to create a template.…This will be a session in Ableton…that you'll use every single time for your DJ sets.…First let me show you what mine looks like.…I'll explain a little bit about what I've done,…and then we'll start one from scratch…so that you can see how I got there.…As you can see, I have a lot going on.…I have two channels that are set up for mixing,…a channel to record my set, and a ton…of other channels where I have different…genres of electronic music organized.…I just wanted to quickly show you…what we're going to be building towards here.…So let's shut this down and let's start with a new session.…
Okay, first let's create two new audio tracks.…We're going to use these as our two mixing channels.…Now, you can create more than two if you like,…but for this course we're only going to be using two.…This is to simulate traditional method of mixing…using two stereo channels on the DJ mixer.…So I'm just going to delete these two midi tracks,…it defaults with two midi tracks,…but we don't need them so I'm just going to delete them.…
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