How to Make a Mashup & Edit Songs for DJing using Ableton
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!)
Thanks for checking out my new course on remixing and how to make a mashup! As an instructor with tens of thousands of enrollments on Udemy and countless 5-star reviews and testimonials, rest assured you are in good hands!
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 tens of thousands of students here 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.
I help people level-up their creative expression through technology.
...20,000 enrollments and counting on Udemy.
Ross Palmer has always had a passion for cutting-edge technology, knowledge, and creative expression.
At the young age of 11, Ross started programming Z80 assembly language on his calculator while listening to electronic music religiously, watching the Simpsons, and speed-solving Rubik's Cubes (personal best avg. of 15.75 seconds!) That should tell you all you need to know about this highly unusual individual.
His work is at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology - all without taking ourselves too seriously.
• Helped build one of the largest dance music blog start-ups in the world, growing a single SoundCloud account into six, growing from 3,000 to over 1,000,000 followers, and becoming a multi-million-dollar start-up in the process.
• Was in an improvisational comedy group for 6 years, performing for hundreds of people monthly during the week, while DJing parties every weekend.
• Worked at Armada Music in the Netherlands, world-famous record label of Armin van Buuren.
• Was a professional DJ for 13 years, touring around the world. Now taught other professional DJs who are releasing on: Armada Music, Spinnin' Records, Ultra, Revealed, and more.
• Created a weekly radio DJ show with > 50k plays per episode, also made numerous mix compilation albums for Armada Music.
• One of the first to get serious about live streaming DJing, typically performing daily for over 20,000 observers with 40,000 fans/followers.
• Audio engineered records for major artists in Asia and on labels like Warner, Sony Latin, Armada Music.
• Started a digital marketing company in 2016, which has since taken an e-commerce client from the early start-up stage to over 8 figures of revenue.
• Creator/host of the Beat the Often Path podcast - showcasing "unusual success stories".
• Public speaker and in-company trainer.
What's the common thread?
A love of bleeding-edge technology and how it relates to human expression and making money. Because without money and the right tools, no one can survive as an artist.