Novice DJ

Hey, I have been trying to put a set together for the longest time. I have what I want and where I want it. I have all the samples I need. However I have a question:

1. Every track had to be set to 120 bpm or else it sounded like absolute SHIT. Why? How come if I set it to it's normal bpm it sounds terrible?

 

Can somebody please help me with this? I am stuck and don't know what to do. Every single track I have, has to be set to 120 bpm or else it is all distorted and sounds terrible. And I KNOW every track is not 120 bpm usually. :(

 

Thanks, guys!

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TheoWamp 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    Sounds to me like you have never even read the manual. Or understand dj-ing, for that matter.

    But to help you out: fact is, that if you want to make a dj mix, tracks have to be at the same speed, right?

    Ableton has a default project 'speed' of 120 bpm.
    So every time you load a track, Ableton will try to bring it to that same 120 bpm.
    However, for Ableton to 'understand' the track signature, you will need to warp every single track to make it fit in the current project tempo.
    After that, all loaded tracks will have the same tempo as the main project. When you now change project tempo, all loaded tracks will also change.

    It sounds bad, because you probably loaded fast tracks into a slow project.
    Besides that you can change the way tracks behave by changing the clip setting: default is 'beats', but sometimes other settings work better.

    Still, the questions you ask are all questions that can be fully answered by reading the manual, and checking some online tutorials.
    Sounds to me like you would be better off using Traktor, and hitting the sync button....

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • TheoWamp
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    I lost my manual when I moved. And never had a real opportunity to use my APC40 because my laptop fried and had to wait until I got a new one.

     

    Also, the tutorials I have watched are all different and tell me to do different things for the same solution.

     

    But, thank you! I have a slight better grasp on it now. 

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    No problem: and you can find manuals here: http://www.ableton.com/pages/downloads/manuals

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • Funk N. Furter
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    Quick 2 minute tutorial on warping a track here on my website

    http://www.macableton.com/Ableton_live_tutorials/warp-track-make-loop.html

     

    The manual is built into Live, it's in the Help menu, should be anyway.

    http://www.macableton.com/

    Free tutorials, news, reviews and resources for Ableton Live users—updated daily! Beginner to advanced.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • Funk N. Furter
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    Oh, also, I just started a DJ section on my website. Keep an eye on that for beginner articles, tutorials etc. On Sunday I'm meeting Pioneer UK and then will be reviewing one of their DJ controllers.

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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