How To DJ In Ableton Live Part 1: Setting Up Ableton And Preparing The Songs

Part 1 of a series on how to DJ in Ableton Live. This tutorial goes over setting up Ableton’s Cue settings, finding the key and BPM of songs,โ€ฆ

Here is Part 1 of a series on how to DJ in Ableton Live. This tutorial goes over setting up Ableton’s Cue settings, finding the key and BPM of songs, and how to warp songs.



And here are the links to DJ friendly Audio Interface I promised in the video:

TC Electronic Desktop Konnekt 6
Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Audio Interface
Numark DJ I|O


Here is a link to Part 2: How To DJ In Ableton Live Part 2: Clips, Effects And Mixing Songs

10 thoughts on “How To DJ In Ableton Live Part 1: Setting Up Ableton And Preparing The Songs”

  1. nice screencast…i’m a complete novice @ ableton, just starting to learn the ins and outs. your explanations and method of setup have helped a great deal more than other vids I’ve viewed. keepem coming!

  2. Sweet screencast, Ryan!

    Keep ’em coming. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m fairly new to Ableton and am looking forward to see how best to use it for not only production, but for DJing as well.

    -f

  3. Not ripping on the cast cuz I think it’s great, but…..

    A song @ 90 bpm and a song @ 180 bpm would work perfectly ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. @paul

    I know! I caught this at the last minute, haha!

    Any BPM that’s either half the speed faster or slower would work perfectly together (eg. 75BPM and 150BPM.)

    That’s what I get for pulling random numbers out of thin air, of course I chose the ones that would make perfect sense together!

    Good find!

  5. Thanks for the kind words Lucas. I will continue posting these screen casts once a week. Keep checking back, and thanks for reading!

    -Ryan

  6. @mnd2mtr

    Thanks for the kind words, and glad I could help you out. Hopefully the blog will teach you some great things! Thanks for reading!

    -Ryan

  7. Ryan,

    You explained this very well. I’ve been following the issue of djing with Live for sometime now, and the fact is, warping is very time consuming and boring. But you made it seem more bearable. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks. I think I’ll try your technique using the 16 bars.

  8. There wouldn’t happen to be any cheaper audio interfaces for starting out at home? I’d rather work on it in the comfort of my room with some chepo equipment before getting some nice stuff.

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