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Get Yourself a Decent Pair of Headphones

If you plan to gig in clubs, or need to mix late at night, you’ll want to find a reliable set of cans. After a few entry-level options, I did some research online and picked up a pair of Pioneer HDJ-2000s at my local Guitar Center.

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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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Harmonic Mixing with Mixed in Key

Take your DJ sets to a new level by learning to mix tracks of the same, or complementary root key. Mixed in Key is an affordable solution that scans your library to detect the key (and energy level) of each track added.

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Chasing the Beat: Fixing Ableton Latency Issues

So you’ve got your MIDI controller all set up: you record enable the track, the count-in starts, and you attempt to lay in that nasty synth. You’re playing perfectly in time with the metronome, but the audio is chasing your beat by what feels like a whole minute. Even if it’s a few milliseconds, this experience can be both frustrating and distracting. Good news, I’ve got the fix for you.

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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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