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DJ Techniques With Ableton Live: The Clear and Simple Guide

Learn to DJ with Ableton Live, J. Anthony Allen, and world renowned DJ James Patrick in this one-of-a-kind class!
Jason Allen
1,942 students enrolled
English [Auto-generated]
DJ and Perform music using Ableton Live
Create a dynamic set for getting a crowd dancing
Use effects and transitions to keep the music flowing
Effect Racks
Parallel Processing
Performance Effect Racks
MIDI Mapping
The Ableton Push Interface
Follow Actions
Legato and Launch Modes
Crossfader Setup
Mapping Controllers


Welcome to the COMPLETE Sound Design Fundamentals Guide!

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to dive in to making music LIVE!  Whether you are a beginning musician, an active musician, or an aspiring musician – this class is perfect for you!

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.

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!!!

Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated Udemy instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a “Mover and a Shaker,” and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

Throughout this class, If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I’ll back to it as fast as possible. 

And of course, once you sign up for this course you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn DJ Techniques in a more comprehensive way than this. 

All the tools you need to successfully learn DJ Techniques are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences – not just academic theory.

Please click the “Take This Course” button so you can launch your music career today.

** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough DJ Techniques course available ANYWHERE on the market – or your money back (30 day money back guarantee) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.


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⇢  “The basics explained very clearly – loads of really useful tips!” – J. Pook

⇢  “Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!” M. Smith


Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts to all future classes in the series. 

Course Overview


A quick introduction - showing some music we are going to cover in the class, as well as the techniques in action!

A quick note...
Asking Questions

Audio Effect Racks

What are Audio Effect Racks?

In my other Ultimate Ableton Live classes, we've seen 3 other kinds of racks: MIDI Effect Racks, Instrument Racks, and Drum Racks. Audio Effect Racks are one more iteration of this theme - and to me, the most powerful.

Setting up an Effect Rack

Now we know the basics, lets build one of our own.

Parallel Processing

The secret sauce to these effect racks is something called Parallel Processing.

The Fade To Grey Example

This is a build-in preset that you should have already in your library, and is a popular tool for DJs to use for transitions.

Performance Effect Racks

There is a whole folder of audio effect racks in already in your Ableton Library. In this section I'll take a look at a few of them.


Welcome to the world of controllers!

Say good bye to your allowance money, and hello to the world of controllers.

Connecting Controllers

Whenever we connect a new controller, we need to take a quick trip to our preferences to make sure it is all setup correctly.

MIDI Mapping

We've seen some MIDI Mapping before, but now we are going to incorporate it into our controllers. Mega Power!

The Ableton Push Interface

The Ableton Push is one of the newest and most powerful controllers. In this video I'll show you a great demo of how it works and a little jamming on it.

Follow Actions

What Are Follow Actions?

Here I'll show you what Follow Actions are, and how you can use them.

Setting Up Follow Actions

Now we will build some of our own - by creating a system that uses follow actions for a dynamic performance (and production) trick.

DJ Performance with Controllers

A Little Help From a Friend

For this section I've got a real treat: We are going to get some tips from world-renowed DJ James Patrick.

Legato Mode & Launch Modes

We are going to see James Patrick use these 2 tricks in the next video, so first let me walk you through them here.

Clip Launching & Setup for Performance

James Patrick walks through how he sets up his clips for performances, and his launch settings.

Effects Setup Overview

A few thoughts on setting up effects.

Setting Up Effects for Performance

James Patrick walks us through how he organizes his effect racks for performance.

Crossfader Setup

There is a little (but powerful) hidden feature in Ableton Live that functions like an old crossfader. James Patrick uses it for his effect racks, so let me walk you through setting it up here, before James Patrick shows us how he uses it.

Mapping and Controllers for Performance

James Patrick walks us through how he uses the APC40 for his performances, and how he maps it to Ableton Live.

More To Check Out

Extra Interesting Videos and Links

A few more perspectives and a few extra links.

My Performance Setup

For years and years I used a unique performance setup centered around some wearable controllers that I had built. Its super weird, but because I'm getting a lot of questions about it, I thought I would show it to you here.

Wrap Up

Parting Thoughts, for your consideration
Bonus Lecture: Some History on DJing and Production

Interested in a little history lesson?

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List

There is so much more to learn!

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