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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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.
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.
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.