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Best Ableton Videos for DJ & Production

We’ve all spent days on YouTube watching Ableton videos – tips, training & walk-thrus. But with its right side “recommended / related” video list, I find myself getting easily distracted, ending up down a rat hole. What I’ve done here is collected the videos that have made the biggest difference for me with regards to using Live, learning new DJ methods, sound design tools & compression, bettering my workflow and processes, and hearing how the pros do it. Over the years, these videos have, without a doubt, boosted my Ableton DJ, producer and remix game. If you’re just starting out, or continuing your mastery of Ableton, I believe you, too, will find these to be priceless.

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    In the first half of this series, I covered the importance of using Ableton's Session View and Mixed In Key to creatively identify your mashup's backing and supporting tracks. I also gave some tips for getting your raw material ready, and setting up a new Ableton session. We're now switching gears from DJ to Producer mode, and I'll be sharing specific Arrangement…
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    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. Make sure your Warp…
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    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…

Top 10 Online Resources for Ableton DJs & Producers

As a bedroom producer, my formal education for music production with Ableton isn’t very extensive. Yes, I’ve taken a few online courses, but the real experience has been out scouring the web looking for answers to very specific problems. And, of course, thousands of man-hours behind Session View. The following sites have been helping me out along the way – most of them free.

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    When packing for a recent gig, I noticed I was carrying way too much shiz in my bag. I was familiar with the venue's booth, but something always tells me to be prepared, just in case. Bad cables, missing adapters, poor lighting - who knows? I splurged on a dedicated MONO EFX 365 bag. It comfortably seats my…
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    Here is a selection of products I am currently using in my home studio, out at gigs, or have had my eye on for future purchase. This collection includes various MIDI controllers, synths, studio gear and DJ accessories.  All products are available through Amazon, my preferred marketplace (mainly because of free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime). If…
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    When I stumble on a good mashup during an Ableton session, I just want to capture that shiz and share it. Mashups force you to split your roles to both DJ and Producer, making Ableton the ideal environment to play. On one side, you can be highly experimental and responsive in Session View; on the other, you're editing and mixing down the arrangement. Here are some…
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Is Your Child Showing Signs of a Future Producer?

Yes, I had a Casio keyboard in elementary school. It was a gift from my Uncle Peter, and came with a dozen on-board drum patterns, each one tempo-controlled from a dedicated fader. My favorite preset was the “16 beat” – I could rock that shit at any speed. Piano lessons be damned.

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