Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a DJ mixer as an alternative way to mix, part of Ableton Live: DJing.
- I'm going to show you how you can use…your DJ mixer to mix between two tracks,…instead of mixing within Ableton.…The first thing we need to do,…is hook up a second output for my audio interface…into the DJ mixer, so we have channels 3 and 4…plugged into channel 2 on the DJ mixer now.…But we need to set it up in Ableton before it'll work.…So the first thing we're going to want to do…is click on this little io button here on the bottom right.…This will open up our routing settings.…Now under channels 1 and 2,…you'll notice a few boxes pop up.…These boxes here are the ones we're going to need to change,…audio to master, so on channel 1 instead of going…from audio to master we're going to set it…to external out, and then we're going to pick 1 and 2…which is what it actually defaults to.…
Channel 2 is also going to be set external out,…but we'll set those channels to 3 and 4.…I'll close our little io button.…Now, instead of using the headphones…with the audio interface, you can plug them…into the DJ mixer and use them like you normally would…
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