Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Wiimote and Joystick, part of DJing with Ableton Live.
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- In this video, I'm going to show you how you can set up…and use alternative controllers like a joystick…and a Nintendo Wiimote.…Now, this is a joystick I just built a few weeks ago…for tactile control over my XY controllers.…It's made from a joystick component…that I ordered from an online electronics company,…as well as a Hale Microcontroller,…which is the brains of it, and which also…connects it to the computer via USB.…So first we have to make sure that Abletune is…communicating with the joystick,…so I'll bring up my midi preferences here to check.…
And we're looking for the Hale Controller here.…We just need to make sure that the input and output…are both enabled, so let's turn those on.…Alright, now we can close the preferences page.…So, just to make sure that we're getting midi,…I'm going to move the stick around…and check the midi lights in the top right-hand corner.…You can see that when I move it, it lights up.…So next, let's let a flanger plugin onto the master channel,…and then we'll assign the joystick…
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