Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
- I've made the exercise files for this course available to all Lynda.com members. Once you download the .zip file from this course's page on the website, you can double-click to unzip the file. Inside you'll see a folder of raw tracks, which have no key or timing information. As well as a folder of the same tracks that are keyed and warp markered, for those of you that haven't gotten that far yet. I've also included the finished Abelton session from this course, that you can use to deconstruct on your own. Just a side note though, this session will probably not work with your hardware since it was midi-mapped to the specific hardware I used in this course.
You'll need to clear the mappings and remap them to your own gear. The tracks I provided have been made available courtesy of Shiznit Recordings, and I want to thank Brett Holland for being awesome and making this possible. Also, if you don't own Ableton Live, you can download a trial version from the abelton.com website.
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