How to DJ With Ableton Live
Learning how to DJ with Ableton Live gives you a big advantage over your competition. The music software allows you to mix and record live performances as well as create your own DJ mix from tracks that you have on your computer. Once your tracks are prepared, you're ready to test your DJ skills in front of an audience. It's important to keep the bass going, because if it fades or lapses into silence it kills the dancing mood. The Ableton Live software helps you create tracks that keep people on the dance floor.
In order to DJ with Ableton Live, you will need:
- Ableton Live software
- A computer
- Time to practice
- Open up the tutorial that comes with Ableton Live. Reviewing the tutorial gives you a good sense of how the software works. Follow the instructions until you feel comfortable navigating through the screens.
- Open all of the tracks you want to mix. Make sure the songs complement each other. If they don't the track will be off, and people don't want to dance if the music doesn't sound good.
- Set the bass configuration. Your bass kills are altered by using EQ3 on each track. You use the numbers on your keyboard as your controllers. Listen to the difference in bass as you go, and continue to alter the bass until you have a pleasing sound.
- Ensure that the markers match up. The lyrics in line one need to line up with the beat on line one of your track.
- Set the tempo. To set the tempo, go to beat eight and line that up with your marker. This automatically gives you the tempo, and allows you to change it.
- Press play on track one. As you get towards the end of track one, kill the bass and bring in track two. This takes practice to hone your skills, if you aren't sure when to bring in track two, trust your instincts. Remember, you're looking for something that sounds appealing, and a good DJ naturally knows what sounds good.
- Continue to add in tracks. Becoming a good DJ with Ableton Live is all about timing. Continue to add in various tracks until you have a good mix that is sure to keep people dancing.