How to Make a Mashup & Edit Songs for DJing using Ableton
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How to Make a Mashup & Edit Songs for DJing using Ableton

Mashups and original edits fill the gap between production, DJing, and mixtapes. These Ableton skills are essential.
4.7 (73 ratings)
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428 students enrolled
Created by Ross Palmer
Last updated 11/2019
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What you'll learn
  • 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!)

Hey there!

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?



Who this course is for:
  • Beginner/intermediate DJs and producers who are looking for techniques to mashup (vocal) songs and beats, spicing up live DJ sets and productions.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 06:06:17
+ Introduction
3 lectures 16:10

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. ?

Preview 05:09

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!

Preview 02:58

A little personal history on the journey that brought me to recommending Ableton.

Side Note: Why Do I Recommend Ableton and not Other Programs?
+ Beginner & Intermediate: Preparing Songs in Ableton for Performance
3 lectures 57:09

This workflow is a must for working with and managing your library of songs as you build it. This will help you take rough starting blocks (regular .mp3 or .wav files) and turn them into something MUCH more useful for later!

Mixed in Key, Warping, Mixed in Key

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!

Editing Song Tempo (for Better Beat-matching)

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!

Cutting Intros to Avoid Beat-matching Altogether
+ Working with Vocals and Acapellas
11 lectures 03:19:21

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!

Why Use Vocals?

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!

Extracting Acapellas from Existing Songs for Mashups or Remixes

For some reason, people really really struggle with this. But I'm telling you: once you know a few tricks, it's really not that hard! I get questions almost every day about people asking me how to warp vocals. Soon you will see that it's nothing to be afraid of at all!

Warping Acapellas

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!

Adding Guides before Acapellas to Aid Beat-matching

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!

Manipulating Vocal Keys

When we talk about "basic" vocal FX, we are talking about delay (echo) and reverb. These are critical for getting your vocal to "blend" with the track underneath.

Basic Mashup Vocal FX

Not all acapellas are created equal. Some are studio quality with FX already on, some are raw/dry and need a lot of work. I'm going to show you some advanced ways to not only make raw vocals sound better, but to really help them fit into any mashup or remix!

Advanced Mashup Vocal FX

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.


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. ?

Creating the Foundation for Solving the Mashup Puzzle

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.

Putting it All Together - Warped Vocals over Warped Tracks

Sometimes acapellas are short phrases. Sometimes they aren't long enough to fit your new track or remix. Making custom vocal "chops" is a great way to extend your vocal, make something new, and have even MORE fun with the source material!

Making Vocal Chops/Edits

Thanks for making it this far! How are you feeling? Are you more confident than ever in working with vocals? I hope you are now fired up and ready to go!

Closing Remarks to Vocal Section
+ Intermediate/Advanced DJ Preparation Techniques
6 lectures 01:30:52

This is where we start to show techniques that are more useful for the touring/performing DJ. Once you start getting some bigger gigs, you'll want to prepare in different, meaningful ways!

Introduction to Intermediate/Advanced Section

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!

Preview 17:10

By now, you know we don't need to accept songs as they are given to us. Part of creating your unique sound is creating unexpected moments for the listener. This technique is a great way to add even more life to your mashups and remixes.

Replacing Drops and Breakdowns

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!

Tempo-switching Tools for Live (DJ) Performance

This is a cool trick for creating amazing DJ set intros that I just had to share. A little bonus content for you to enjoy :)

Making DJ Set Intros (A Cool Tip)

THIS IS IT. We're going to take pieces from everything we've learned so far, and we're going to put it all together to create mashups or remixes that feature way more than just 2 songs. As you will soon see, the sky's the limit!

+ Closing Remarks
1 lecture 02:14

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.

PLEASE drop me a line with how you enjoyed it, and if you are satisfied, leave a 5 star review and recommend my courses to others who may want them.

I'm so grateful for all of your input, so thank you once more!

+ Additional Content
1 lecture 00:31

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) here for the main music.

Additional music can be purchased from (no affiliation).

Bonus Lecture: Where Can you Find the Songs Used in this Course?