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Live Effects in Ableton

Like most DAWs, Ableton Live contains a selection of effects processors to twist and manipulate your sounds. However, as you’ve probably come to expect by now, Live does things a little differently. In addition to the usual array of compressors, distortion boxes, and phasers, there are a few DJ-friendly units [...]

By |2013-02-06T00:00:00-04:0002/06/2013|Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

Ableton Live: Beatmatching Basics

The Warp engine at the heart of Ableton Live is designed to let you drop in audio files, and instantly sync them to the master tempo of your project. This works with anything from single drum hits to loops and samples, or even full tracks. It’s what makes Ableton different [...]

By |2013-01-23T00:00:00-04:0001/23/2013|Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

Ableton Live: 101 For DJs

Ableton's "Live" software package has always been an unusual feature on the DAW landscape. Intended, as the name suggests, for Live audio manipulation., it does things a little differently than its studio-bound equivalents. Some of its unique features are ideal for DJing; there is an integrated beat detector that keeps [...]

By |2018-12-12T08:40:39-04:0001/07/2013|Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

EQ – Placing the elements of your mix

If you try to mix all the different elements of a track using only the volume faders on your mixer, you’ll find that everything quickly descends into woolly, distorted mess. Your speakers are only capable of producing so many frequencies at once, so if you try to feed them, kick, [...]

By |2012-01-04T00:00:00-04:0001/04/2012|Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

Audio Interfaces – “A little of the old I/O”

If you use your computer to record live instruments or sample from turntables, you’ll soon find that the 3.5mm mini jacks on your computer’s soundcard lacking in terms of quality. An audio interface converts the signal from your instruments into a high-fidelity data stream that can be captured by your [...]

By |2011-12-30T00:00:00-04:0012/30/2011|News|0 Comments

The Show – Live Sound Tips and Tricks

Every one of us has been to club night or a live show where the sound wasn’t up to scratch. Piercing snares and muffled kicks can rob a great set of much of its dynamics and drama. People don’t dance to music that sounds bad. Instead of the writhing sweaty [...]

By |2011-11-09T00:00:00-04:0011/09/2011|Tips & Tricks|0 Comments