DJ question: Does anyone use pre-made bpm transition versions of songs?

I am learning how to DJ with AL9 Suite and was wondering if there are any DJs that use ableton for DJing. (both live and pre made)

I have a ton of awesome pre made transition versions of songs that i would love to use in ableton.

The problem is, I don't know how to make ableton work with these premade versions since there is a tempo change within them.

For example. Beyonce Single ladies discotheque version starts out at 130bpm and transitions into 97 bpm.

Ideally, i would like these transition records to be perfectly gridded to include the tempo ascend or decline and come out at the end perfectly.

but somehow i would also like the global tempo to automatically adjust somehow. by either letting go of the song's grid and then after the transition, come back in on the 1.

too tall an order? if anyone knows what i'm talking about i would appreciate some feedback.

 

Thanks!

 

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DJ Jon 11 months ago | 0 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    So quick tempo changes have actually been thought out pretty well, and there is actually a pretty easy workaround for gradual tempo changes

    The first is the easiest. To do immediate tempo changes, all you need to is go to the master channel (this is really only useful in session view, not automation view) and type the following in their own scene to control the tempo automation when you press a new scene:

    90BPM

    128BPM

    When you type these commands into ableton's scenes in the master channel, you will be able to switch the BPM as soon as your next clips start to play.

    If, however, you want to switch BPMs gradually, you will need to setup ableton in a bit of a different way. Unfortunately, Ableton cannot do it in house, so you will need to use your IAC midi driver, or Midi Yoke if you have a PC (or any other 3rd party programs that can input and output midi info).

    The best way I have found to automate Temp gradually is to use blank midi clips sending a CC change into Yoke or IAC, then back to Ableton. All you have to do is:

    change your midi I/Os (in preferences) to MidiYoke / IAC track out

    and route your dummy midi track out (on your track's I/O)

    and select remote in on the same port (in your preferences)

     

    map the CC your are outputting to the Tempo. 

    Now, whenever you play that clip, you will get a gradual change from whatever your starting CC corresponds to, to whatever your final CC corresponds to in your midi range.

    Scottie Dugan gives a pretty concise video tutorial here:

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  • DJ Jon
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    I'm not sure if you understood what I meant, but I appreciate your reply.

     

    I'm talking about full songs that contain bpm changes already.

     

    For example. The song itself has a bpm change already. I want to know how I can make the song stop warping at a certain point and then be warped again once the transition is over.

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    right. so what you need to do is split the song up at each of it's tempo changes and control the tempo changes via the rewarped song, or you can just turn that clip into a master tempo clip and ride it out

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  • DJ Jon
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    yea.. that's what i thought. i gotta chop up the joint into parts. a buddy told me there's a tutorial that solves this problem and i will post it up whenever he sends me the link. i appreciate the help. thank you! :)

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    These are probably some of the ones he will send you:

     

    definitely post back with what he sends you.

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