Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the crossfader, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
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- Now that I've shown…you how to mix with these two volume faders,…I want to show you another way of mixing within Ableton,…for those of you who might be used to…using a crossfader on a traditional DJ mixer.…First what we're going to do is click on…this little X box here at the bottom right.…This opens up the crossfader options.…You'll notice below Channels 1 and 2,…that there are boxes labelled "A" and "B".…Let's pick B for Channel 1, and A for Channel 2.…The reason I'm doing it this way is that…my Ohm Loop's crossfader polarity is reversed right now,…so I need to reverse the A and B buttons…in order for the crossfader to work properly.…
In any other normal circumstance you'd pick A…for the left channel and B for the right channel.…Back at the bottom-right you'll notice…that there's a little crossfader right here.…We're going to MIDI map that to the…crossfader on my controller, and by the way,…I'm missing the little handle on my crossfader…on my controller, from years of wear and tear,…so it might be a little hard for you to see.…
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