Making Your First Tune: A Guide For DJs, Part 4

The Mixdown

In this final tutorial, we’ll adjust the levels of the individual tracks in your production so your levels don’t go “in the red”. We’ll also add some compression plugins to your drums and bass, as well as a limiter to the mix bus. Finally, we’ll create a mixdown of your production so that you can upload and share it with friends.

10 Producer Stocking Stuffers Under $100

Santa's Studio Console

With the holidays in full swing and only a few days left before Christmas, you’d better start making that list before Santa starts thinking twice! Why not kick off the new year with a resolution to start producing your own music? Here are 10 gift suggestions for DJ/Producers starting out that won’t cost you an arm and a leg…

Making Your First Tune: A Guide For DJs, Part 3

Studio Sound

In this week’s training we’re going to focus on adding depth and space in our song. I’m going to introduce you to two important effect plugins that ship with Ableton Live called reverb and delay, and I’m going to explain what they are exactly, and how they can be used in the context of your production.

Making Your First Tune: A Guide For DJs, Part 2

Ableton Live

Having gone through the installation and set-up steps in the first tutorial, as well as getting acquainted with Ableton Live’s interface, we’re now ready to take the next step in creating your first tune. In this week’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a Song Map that’ll jumpstart your music production arranging process.

Making Your First Tune: A Guide For DJs, Part 1

Hands Up, DJ!

The producer is the creative mind that makes the material for DJs to throw the crowd into a frenzy, and is the main reason why so many DJs today want to make that transition into a DJ / producer: It’s the holy grail of modern DJing, and the logical next step for most successful DJs who want to step their game up.

Review: Akai APC Mini Grid Pad Controller

Akai APC Mini

The APC40 was the very first dedicated Ableton Live controller, and its combination of features and unparalleled out-of-the-box integration with the software made it a huge success. But the times they are a-changin’, and it was only a matter of time before Akai updated and refreshed the APC range.

Over To You: How Do I Perform My Music Without Looking Boring?

Ableton Live

Our reader writes: “Recently I’ve been seeing quite a few live sets, mostly on Ableton. The music played in these was fine, quite often great! However I’ve been left unsatisfied with the producer/DJ’s performance.”