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Ultimate Ableton Live Part 6: DJ Techniques And Controllers
5.0( 2 REVIEWS )
2h 8m

This course is designed for those interested to learn about DJing techniques and controllers.

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2h 8m


Jason Allen is a PhD in music, and was recently named one of the semi-finalists for the Grammy Foundations "Music Educator" award.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Live
  • 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

What you’ll learn: 

  • Produce music using Ableton Live
  • Master using audio effect Racks for powerful multi-effects
  • DJ and Perform music using Ableton Live


  • 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 trial version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.

A new version of this course, Ultimate Ableton Live 10, is also available on SkillSuccess.

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.

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Ph.D. 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 acts 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 through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge about DJ techniques and controllers.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Course Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
Section 2 - Audio Effect Racks
What Are Audio Effect Racks 00:00:00
Setting Up An Effect Rack 00:00:00
Parallel Processing 00:00:00
The Fade To Grey Example 00:00:00
Performance Effect Racks 00:00:00
Section 3 - Controllers
Welcome To The World Of Controllers! 00:00:00
Connecting Controllers 00:00:00
MIDI Mapping 00:00:00
The Ableton Push Interface 00:00:00
Section 4 - Follow Actions
What Are Follow Actions 00:00:00
Setting Up Follow Actions 00:00:00
Section 5 - DJ Performance With Controllers
A Little Help From A Friend 00:00:00
Legato Mode And Launch Modes 00:00:00
Clip Launching And Setup For Performance 00:00:00
Effects Setup Overview 00:00:00
Setting Up Effects For Performance 00:00:00
Crossfader Setup 00:00:00
Mapping And Controllers For Performance 00:00:00
Section 6 - More To Check Out
Extra Interesting Videos And Links 00:00:00
My Performance Setup 00:00:00
Section 7 - Wrap Up
Parting Thoughts, For Your Consideration 00:00:00

Course Review


2 Ratings
  1. Anonymous

    Universally Useful


    Learned a lot about how to map midi devices for my own Sets, and I use Live for the opposite of DJing at the time of writing this—recording acoustic guitar and vocals on 2 mics, that’s it. Taking these courses has been kind of like taking a gun to a knife fight in that regard, but the ability to apply these advanced elements to the more rudimentary DAW functions of Live is a testament to the program’s versatility and this instructor(s) ability to deliver massive amounts of information in a comprehensible format.

  2. Anonymous

    Quite helpful


    I found this class very useful and full of helpful tips, even though I am not interested in working as a DJ. I want to use Live for creating live loops as well as composing and improvising. The techniques shown here will be very useful, and it was inspiring to see how a DJ uses the tools available.


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