Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of Ableton Live: DJing.
- In this course, I'll be demonstrating techniques that should be easily digestible for most beginners. That being said, I'll also be showing more advanced concepts later on in the course that will hopefully help you take you DJ sets to the next level. So here's what you need to know, if you're not familiar with how Ableton Live 9 works, at least at an intermediate level, I recommend that you first check out Ableton Live 9 Essential Training with Rick Schmunk. So that you can cultivate a solid understanding of its inner workings before you dive into this course. Secondly, I'll be covering techniques that make use of EQs, sidechain compressors, limiters, filters, flangers, vocoders, reverb, delay, you get my drift.
If you're not familiar with how these work, I recommend that you dig into the Foundations of Audio series courses with Brian Lee White and Alex Case. I'll be using a couple of basic outboard midi controllers, like a control service and a keyboard. It's likely that you'll be using hardware that's different than mine, but you should definitely have a solid understanding of how your own hardware works, as well as its basic midi functionality. If you own an audio interface, you should be savvy on how that works as well. Lastly, if you've never DJed before or you don't have a lot of experience with music in general, this course might be a little advanced for you.
But I'll be starting from the beginning, so you should be able to follow along and move your understanding forward. I'll be covering concepts like tempo, counting, key signatures, and so on. So having a little bit of musical theory under your belt will definitely be helpful.
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