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Transposing Tracks for Ableton Sets

Traditional vinyl DJs use pitch bending techniques to shift the key of their incoming or outgoing track. This provides some flexibility for blending otherwise incompatible tracks. For Ableton DJ sets, I use what I call the “Y Technique” with Mixed in Key to jump across and around the clock face of the Camelot Wheel (Circle of Fifths).

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Set Up Your Session for DJ Cueing

My audio interface has served me well, going strong for nearly five years now. The M-Audio Fast Track Pro has since been discontinued, but it’s essentially a portable, USB-powered, 4-output audio / midi interface with a front headphone jack. The benefit here? Not only does it fit in a backpack, having the 3/4 channel allows you to cue your inbound tracks as if you were using a traditional DJ mixer.

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Hyper-Quick Track Warping Tips

If you DJ in Ableton, chances are you’ll be spending a significant amount of time warping your tracks. There are some great YouTube videos out there, but I thought I’d share my techniques. Using these steps, my newly added tracks are typically ready for prime time in just under a minute.

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