Ableton Template DJing with Ableton

How to Build an Ableton Template for DJing

In my last blog post, I talked about the general concept of building an Ableton template for live performance. There are many different ways you could use Ableton Live on stage. Everyone will have a different approach and a different Ableton template. The problem is with so many options many people have a hard time figuring out the best place to start. In this blog post, I am going to focus on DJing with Ableton Live and building an Ableton template for DJing.

DJing with Ableton Live – A DJ basically plays fully produced tracks to create a mood or vibe. You could be playing other people tracks, your own tracks, or a combination. DJ’s can somewhat ignore my first rule of performing live. Which is, “Never touch your laptop.” Mainly because you will probably have to be dragging songs from Live’s browser into your live set.

Ableton Template Scarlett 2i4Generally, you will be in a DJ booth and have limited space for gear. So you will want to think compact and simple. Get a small audio interface with at least 4 outs. Something like the Scarlett 2i4 is pretty awesome. If you get something with at least 4 outs you have two main options. Option 1, using a DJ Mixer and routing a left deck and right deck into two channels on the mixer. This method allows you to bring minimal gear and just use the house mixer to mix. The basic setup is two audio tracks in Ableton drop your songs onto those tracks and play. You could also easily expand this into a “stem mixing” set up which I will talk about in next week’s blog post. Option 2, get a midi controller so you can do your mixing mix in Ableton. Run one stereo pair to the house system and use the other for headphone cue so you can pre-listen to your tracks. Finding just the right controller is tricky. Standard DJ layout is 3 band EQ, Filter, Effects, Volume Fader, and maybe a Crossfader. Even on a regular DJ rig, I only use my Crossfader to scratch or cut. For mixing, I use the EQ’s and Ableton Template Traktor Zvolume faders. So a Crossfader may not be that important. Check out the Traktor Z1Allen & Heath Xone: K1, Novation Launch Control XL, Livid DS1, APC 40 MK II, Akai AMX and potentially a fully midi mappable DJ mixer. I’m not officially endorsing any of these products so make sure to do your research to find what is best for you. Your midi controller will have the most impact on how you build your Ableton Template for DJing. You will need to warp all your music. Warping songs

You will need to warp all your music in order to DJ in Ableton. Warping keeps everything in time while maintaining the pitch. Warping songs in Ableton Live relatively easy. I made a video about warping tracks in Ableton Live. Warping most electronic music takes just a few seconds. A difficult track can take about 5 minutes. Just spend some time mastering the art of warping.

Organization is also very important. You will want to organize all your songs. Ableton is not DJ Ableton Template DJ_Cratessoftware so you will need to do it on your own. Some people use iTunes and drag from iTunes into Ableton. I recommend just building a DJ Crate style file structure and drag from Live’s browser. If you use Ableton Live’s browser you will not have to jump between two programs while DJing. Learn about “Harmonic Mixing” and check out Mixed in Key. Harmonic Mixing is method of making sure that the songs your mix together are in the same key or relative key. Most people will notice the blend as sounding bad or good. Mixed in Key will help you to organize music based on harmonic quality. Yes, it takes a bit of time to organize your files, but that is part of being a DJ. DJ’s have to organize whatever medium they use, be it vinyl, CD’s, or digital. Staying organized enables you to create fluid on the fly DJ sets. You will be able to react to the crowd much faster to shape the vibe.

One major area that Ableton lacks is cue points. You can use a method of breaking a song into multiple clips. Then saving each song as an Ableton Live sets. So you can drag the clips as “cue points” into your Ableton template while your DJing. I feel this method is very time-consuming and not very elegant but it can work. If you are going to go down the road of DJing in Ableton Live I highly recommend the Isotonik DJ Collection. You will need Ableton Live Suit to use these Max for Live patches. They cost a little money but Ableton Template isotonik_DJ_Cuesconsidering the hours you save it is pennies on the hour. The Isotonik DJ collection comes with DJ Hotcues so you can have cue points in Ableton Live. The Cue points save with the clip. plus DJ Slicer and DJ Looper. The main benefit of DJing in Ableton is you can just use the same software you use to produce, and you can expand your set to other styles of live performance and still have a core DJ template.Ableton Template

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Free Effects Racks

Free Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter King


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This effect rack was design was inspired by my friend Rion King when he came to my house to help me with some ideas on Lux Divon Track I was working. Rion made the suggestion to do a beat repeat with while sweeping the frequencies with a filter. I loved the rack design so much that I figured it was time to share them with the world!

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Ableton Effects Racks Twist King and Stutter king are great effects to use for live performance and on your music productions. Drums, Vocals, Synths, anything, yes anything!

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Intro to Ableton Live Looper

Intro to Ableton Live Looper using the KMI Softstep foot controller

This Ableton Live video is an Intro to Ableton Live Looper and some bonus content about using the Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep foot controller. Live looping is a lot of fun and a great way to perform or enhance a performance. With the technology available today you can be a one man band and carry way less gear. This Intro to Ableton Live Looper video will help get you started and teach you the basic fundamentals of live looping with Ableton Live. There are a lot of different workflows and techniques to live looping. I personally am a Live Looper and I have trained many people how to use Ableton Live for live looping. Some of my students started from scratch while others came from a hardware looping back ground. Learning how to live loop can seem like a dark art only mastered by wizards of a the sacred order but it is not that difficult after you master the fundamentals that this Intro to Ableton Live Looper video will cover. The next stage is to learn and decide on how you want to perform. My biggest advice is to think about what you want to do and how you want to do it. Write it down, then make it happen. I’m an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and Live Looping is actually one of my many specialties. feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
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Ableton Live Tutorial Video using Sofstep X and Y

Ableton Live Tutorial Video How to use Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep X/Y Controls

In this Ableton Live tutorial video you will learn how to program the Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep Editor to create an X/Y control of two parameters in Ableton Live. The KMI Softstep is a very versatile midi foot controller that can do many different functions. As well as the X/Y controls on each pad you could also program any of the softstep pads to do Pressure, toggle, trigger, double trigger, hold, and various other ways of interaction with the KMI Softstep pads. In all honesty there are not any midi foot controllers on the market that even come close to the flexibility and durability of the KMI Softstep Midi foot controller. You can even control midi hardware with out a computer if you purchase the optional KMI Midi Expander. The Midi Expender provides midi i/o that can be used to connect the Softstep to midi hardware standalone or with a computer. Thank you for watching I’m an Ableton Live Certified Trainer feel free to leave any questions in the comments below. You can also make any Ableton Live Video Tutorial Requests.
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Ableton Live Tutorial Video warping a Track

Ableton Live tutorial video warping a track


In this Ableton Live tutorial video, Certified training Jimmy Allison shares his technique on how to warp a track quickly in Ableton Live. The basic concept of the video is to let Ableton Live do as much of the work for you as possible. After watching this Ableton Live tutorial video and practicing the procedure till it sinks in, you will be able to quickly warp most tracks in a matter of seconds. Even if the track is an organically performed live recording. Feel free to leave any comments below with your questions or any Ableton Live tutorial video topic requests.
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vowel Filter Ableton Effects Racks

100 Free Vowel Filter Ableton Effects Racks


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Ableton Live Sampler Mopho MoPhater Free

Ableton Live Sampler Instrument Free Download

This is an Ableton Live Sampler rack loaded with multiple samples from when I used to own a Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, I sampled the hell out of it with Ableton Live but unfortunately I lost the hard drive with most of the Ableton Live Sampler samples. This Freebie is one of the few Ableton Live samplers I have left from that amazing synthesizer. The Dave Smith Mopho samples are loaded into an Ableton Live Sampler instrument.. Enjoy!
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