How to Make a Mashup & Edit Songs for DJing using Ableton
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- Students will learn how to use Ableton to create original mashups and edits of songs for live (DJ) use as well as for mixtapes and radio shows.
- You must have Ableton software. It is also recommended (but not required) that you have watched my How to DJ course and/or mixtape courses. Having a DJ controller or DJ decks will also help you (but not required!)
Thanks for checking out my new course on remixing and how to make a mashup!
What is a mashup?
A mashup is taking two (or more) songs and combining elements, like the vocal (acapella) from one song with the beat of another song. So doing, you create a new production that is recognizable but different from the first two songs.
Why did I create this course?
I've created companion courses on How to DJ and How to Make a Mixtape (for radio shows or CD). But I felt that there was a huge area in between these two that could have a lot of value.
Somewhere between producing a track from scratch and learning how to mix songs from other people exactly as they arrive from Beatport is a HUGE opportunity: the opportunity for you to stand out and build your own original sound.
How can you advance beyond other DJs if you play the exact same music as everyone else? How can you engage your audience if you just play the hits that they've heard a million times?
Making your own mashups and (vocal) edits in Ableton is a GREAT way to stand out and craft your own, unique sonic library. I'm going to show you how to mix songs together from different, electronic-based genres in this course.
And what if you don't make mashups?
What if your library is full of the same tracks that everyone else has?
You run the risk of DJs before and after you playing the same songs you have, stealing your thunder and limiting your options.
You run the risk of a bored crowd that's heard it all before.
You'll miss out on an incredible opportunity for artistic expression.
In this course, I'm going to share with you tips I've picked up over a decade of live performance, producing mixtapes and radio shows that garnered over 100k real plays per week on SoundCloud, making mix compilations for Armada Music, and performing at festivals and stages in countries all over the world. I'll share my tricks for how to remix songs online, for the first time.
I've spent many many many years in the DJ scene, and I'm going to break down the most effective way to take songs, vocals, acapellas, and beats, mash them up, and create your own edits for live performance so that you can start building a unique sound that will follow you throughout your career.
But this course isn't about MY music. Or MY sound.
It's about how YOU take these concepts and apply them to the genres and styles of music that YOU love.
I'm confident that these techniques can be used for producers, DJs and fans of ALL modern genres of music - anything that could have a vocal over it is fair game.
By now, I've taught well over 10,000 students on Udemy, and my goal is to bring you more value with each and every course.
I sincerely hope this course helps you, and if it's not for you, you can try it risk-free for 30 days and get your money back from Udemy if you didn't feel it was worth it.
So what do you have to lose?
- Beginner/intermediate DJs and producers who are looking for techniques to mashup (vocal) songs and beats, spicing up live DJ sets and productions.
Welcome to the course! First of all, thank you so much for enrolling, I'm so glad to have you as a part of our community! This is a journey we go on together, and myself and other students will be there in the Q&A section to help you out along the way. ?
In this lesson, we cover why you should make mashups or remixes at ALL, philosophically. Growing as a DJ, producer, and performer is all about creating your OWN unique sonic signature. After all, you can't stand out by being just like everyone else!
If you are unsure of beat-matching in front of a live audience (like most beginner or intermediate DJs), did you know that there are steps you can take to make your life a lot easier and less stressful in live gigs? I'll show you a simple idea that can have a profound impact on your confidence!
In addition to editing tempo, you can also avoid beatmatching ALTOGETHER using this handy trick. Hint: Even some BIG DJs use this on stage from time to time! I don't recommend using this technique for every transition, but once in awhile it can really help you out - again, building your confidence on stage!
Depending on your background, you may be a hardcore fan of deep electronic genres and you might even HATE vocals (I know I did when I was much younger!). But vocals serve a VERY important role in live (DJ) performance. The decision to add (or not to add) vocals at various points in your live sets should be a conscious one, and the last thing in the world I want is for you to avoid vocals simply because you don't know how to use them!
One of the other questions I get asked all the time is "Where can I find or how can I make acapellas?" While it's not easy to find great vocals, I'm going to show you a few techniques that can help you feel confident about building your library!
So once you have keyed and perfectly warped clean acapellas, there's still the little matter of actually PLAYING them correctly live if you are making live remixes or live mashups. SO many people struggle with where to start vocals. This handy tip will help you get your acapellas EXACTLY on beat, in remixes and in DJ sets!
Understanding musical keys is key (haha, get it?) to getting your mashups and remixes to sound good. Simply put, your songs and your vocals must be in the same or related keys, or it will sound terrible. But at the same time, we don't have to just accept the cards we are dealt. You have the power to change keys to make things fit that otherwise wouldn't have!
If you've followed my other courses, you know that preparation is critical to success. I'm going to show you how to prepare your library (songs and acapellas) to give you greatest possible chance for success when making your remixes or mashups.
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!
I've gotten SO many comments about people asking me for more examples of warping, so I show you me warping a TON of tracks in real-time at the end of this video. I believe warping will never be an issue for you again. ?
This is the big one! This is where all the techniques we've learned so far come together. If you've done your homework and created a great selection of prepared tracks and vocals, this step should be all about EXPLORATION and all about FUN. The hard part is done - now you just get to have fun with your music until the magic happens! I can't wait to learn what you are able to create in this step.
The simple edit is a powerful tool for creating tracks that function very differently in a live set. Challenge yourself as a DJ by making shorter edits of your tracks - you'll need to be able to mix quickly (and perfectly) to see the benefit of these techniques!
For many of you, the thought of changing genres live is terrifying. Even though I cover how to switch genres seamlessly in my DJ course, some of you will want to create DJ tools that can help you do this in another way. Preparing a few of these DJ tools can be VERY handy for more advanced live performance!
A heartfelt THANK YOU for enrolling in my course(s). Your kind words and comments mean so much to me, and it has been a privilege and an honor to help you.
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Here I show you where you can find all the royalty-free music used in this course. You can use my referral code (affiliate link) https://artlist.io/Ross-508960 here for the main music.
Additional music can be purchased from loopmasters.com (no affiliation).