Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 6 - DJ Techniques & Controllers
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Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 6 - DJ Techniques & Controllers

Learning Ableton Live the right way: From the basics to the advanced, from Ableton Certified Trainer J. Anthony Allen.
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Produce music using Ableton Live
  • Master using audio effect Racks for powerful multi-effects
  • DJ and Perform music using Ableton Live
View Curriculum
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 1 - The Interface & The Basics is a great place to start, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 2 - Recording & Warping is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 3 - Producing & Editing is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 - Synths & Samplers is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 5 - Audio & MIDI Effects is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trail version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.

For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn't be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost.

This is Part 6: DJ Techniques & Controllers

In this class we are going to focus on using Ableton Live for DJing and Performing. I'm assuming that you already know your way around Ableton Live pretty well, and now you want to take your techniques to the stage. In this class I'll walk you through all the basics of using controllers, Audio Effect Racks, and some other tricks.

Also in the class I have a really special surprise. I've invited my friend James Patrick to show some of his techniques as well. James is a DJ that has toured the world, and is known internationally for his engaging performances. He is going to be IN this class, and has contributed several exclusive videos for this class.

Topics include:

  • Audio Effect Racks
  • Using Effect Rack Presets
  • Building our own Effect Racks
  • Parallel Processing
  • Fade To Grey
  • Performance Racks
  • Controllers and Controllerism
  • MIDI Mapping
  • The Ableton Push Interface
  • The APC40 Interface
  • Follow Actions
  • Legato Mode
  • Launch Modes
  • Launching Clips in Performance
  • Effects Setup for Performance
  • The Crossfader
  • Mapping Controllers for Performance
  • ... And much more!!!

I will be making 6 (six!) complete classes in order to bring you the most comprehensive manual on Ableton Live production techniques ever created. Each class has Sets, sessions, and experiments for you to try on your own and follow along with.

And of course, once you sign up any part, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class. You will not have another opportunity to learn Ableton Live in a more comprehensive way that this.

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

  • "I've had Live Lite for a while but never quite understood how to use it because of the different options in how to arrange audio. This course explains exactly how to do that and get the most out of Live."
  • "Great overview - I would start here for sure if you are just getting your feet wet with live. clear and to the point. session walkthroughs are great. looking forward to more"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • Who is the target audience?
    • Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Lve
    • Anyone interested in producing tracks, beats, synths, or any other music on their own
    • Students looking to understand the deeper levels of Ableton Live
    • Anyone interested in DJing and performing
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    Curriculum For This Course
    24 Lectures
    Course Overview
    1 Lecture 02:12

    A quick introduction - showing some music we are going to cover in the class, as well as the techniques in action!

    Preview 02:12
    Audio Effect Racks
    5 Lectures 30:07

    In my other Ultimate Ableton Live classes, we've seen 3 other kinds of racks: MIDI Effect Racks, Instrument Racks, and Drum Racks. Audio Effect Racks are one more iteration of this theme - and to me, the most powerful.

    Preview 03:07

    Now we know the basics, lets build one of our own.

    Preview 13:58

    The secret sauce to these effect racks is something called Parallel Processing.

    Preview 03:48

    This is a build-in preset that you should have already in your library, and is a popular tool for DJs to use for transitions.

    Preview 04:39

    There is a whole folder of audio effect racks in already in your Ableton Library. In this section I'll take a look at a few of them.

    Preview 04:35
    4 Lectures 25:02

    Say good bye to your allowance money, and hello to the world of controllers.

    Preview 06:03

    Whenever we connect a new controller, we need to take a quick trip to our preferences to make sure it is all setup correctly.

    Preview 03:52

    We've seen some MIDI Mapping before, but now we are going to incorporate it into our controllers. Mega Power!

    MIDI Mapping

    The Ableton Push is one of the newest and most powerful controllers. In this video I'll show you a great demo of how it works and a little jamming on it.

    The Ableton Push Interface
    Follow Actions
    2 Lectures 11:34

    Here I'll show you what Follow Actions are, and how you can use them.

    Preview 02:06

    Now we will build some of our own - by creating a system that uses follow actions for a dynamic performance (and production) trick.

    Setting Up Follow Actions
    DJ Performance with Controllers
    7 Lectures 42:52

    For this section I've got a real treat: We are going to get some tips from world-renowed DJ James Patrick.

    Preview 03:30

    We are going to see James Patrick use these 2 tricks in the next video, so first let me walk you through them here.

    Legato Mode & Launch Modes

    James Patrick walks through how he sets up his clips for performances, and his launch settings.

    Clip Launching & Setup for Performance

    A few thoughts on setting up effects.

    Effects Setup Overview

    James Patrick walks us through how he organizes his effect racks for performance.

    Setting Up Effects for Performance

    There is a little (but powerful) hidden feature in Ableton Live that functions like an old crossfader. James Patrick uses it for his effect racks, so let me walk you through setting it up here, before James Patrick shows us how he uses it.

    Crossfader Setup

    James Patrick walks us through how he uses the APC40 for his performances, and how he maps it to Ableton Live.

    Mapping and Controllers for Performance
    More To Check Out
    2 Lectures 13:57

    A few more perspectives and a few extra links

    Extra Interesting Videos and Links

    For years and years I used a unique performance setup centered around some wearable controllers that I had built. Its super weird, but because I'm getting a lot of questions about it, I thought I would show it to you here.

    Preview 10:17
    Wrap Up
    3 Lectures 08:03

    A few last thoughts before I leave you!

    Parting Thoughts, For Your Consideration

    In the next (and final!) class of the Ultimate Ableton Live sequence, we are going to be working with Max for Live. In case you are curious about how this works (or what it is), here is a preview from Ableton 7: Max for Live

    Bonus Content: Ableton 7 Preview

    There is so much more to learn!

    Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
    About the Instructor
    Jason Allen
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    Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

    J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

    J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

    J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

    If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)