Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up your hardware/software, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
- Now that we have our three essential pieces of kit…let's dig into setting them up.…The first thing you'll want to do is…get them plugged into the computer.…I'm using a USB hub here.…I recommend that you plug your audio interface…directly into a USB port on your computer…since it requires significantly more bandwidth…than your MIDI devices, and then you can plug…your MIDI devices into the hub.…Now, the Ohm doesn't require a driver…because it's class compliant.…The Audio 8 does though, and I've…already installed that previously.…Whatever hardware you're using,…be sure that you have the latest drivers installed correctly…before setting Ableton up.…
You should also go to the manufacturer's website…and look for drivers or downloads and install it quickly.…Be sure to get the version that matches…your operating system and your exact model of controller.…So I'm going to start Live now.…Okay, so let's jump into the Preferences page.…Let's start with our audio interface.…I'm going to click on the Audio tab here.…Now, for both the input and output…
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