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.
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.
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:
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.
The secret sauce to these effect racks is something called Parallel Processing.
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.
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.
Say good bye to your allowance money, and hello to the world of controllers.
Whenever we connect a new controller, we need to take a quick trip to our preferences to make sure it is all setup correctly.
We've seen some MIDI Mapping before, but now we are going to incorporate it into our controllers. Mega Power!
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.
Here I'll show you what Follow Actions are, and how you can use them.
Now we will build some of our own - by creating a system that uses follow actions for a dynamic performance (and production) trick.
For this section I've got a real treat: We are going to get some tips from world-renowed DJ James Patrick.
We are going to see James Patrick use these 2 tricks in the next video, so first let me walk you through them here.
James Patrick walks through how he sets up his clips for performances, and his launch settings.
A few thoughts on setting up effects.
James Patrick walks us through how he organizes his effect racks 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.
James Patrick walks us through how he uses the APC40 for his performances, and how he maps it to Ableton Live.
A few more perspectives and a few extra 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.
Interested in a little history lesson?
There is so much more to learn!
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.)