How To DJ with Ableton Live: The Crossfader
- Posted By: DJ Invisiboy
- On: August 15th, 2011
- No Comments »
This weekend I bought an APC-40 to experiment with a more portable rig (the “old” rig had a DJ Mixer, Novation Launchpad, Sound card, and a large Midi Controller with motorized faders, and lived in a huge coffin case that took up too much room in small booths). Though I’m still experimenting, and it’s a little uncomfortable, using the APC-40 means the only other gear I need is the sound card. Which will be really nice for portability, and once I get it dialed-in – workflow.
The other big benefit is that, for small venues, (like this Thursday’s Live DJ Gig,) I can make up for the lack of an outboard dynamics rack by putting it “in the box” – essential when mixing 8 tracks live.
The biggest pain is that mixing the box sucks, at least it does when you’re used to a DJ mixer… It is fun to mess with features I’ve never touched before, though – notably Ableton’s built in cross-fader.
If you’re like me – you’ve probably pulled up the crossfader to play around – tried it – and said – this sucks. The default cross fader is a joke. Luckily, if you right click – you can see that there are seven different crossfader curves you can apply – Nice!
So which one is right for you:
These are the seven curve options (just ctrl/right click the crossfader). The Constant Power curve type is reminiscent of early crossfader types from the late seventies for mixing Disco – if you know your DJ history – you’ll know that DJs hated this curve, and most stuck to just mixing with the channel faders. Transition, the default, was the next stage in cross fader technology – you might call it the “no dip” fade type. I find this fader type to be plain, and want a little more dramatic a cut. Slow Cut and Slow Fade are both medium taper fades for “Cut In” and “Pump it up Style Mixes.” Dipped and Intermediate are inverses to those Medium taper fades – to deal with beat volume while fading. The final cut type, Fast Cut, is a Sharp Taper fade for scratching – I guess if you’re using bridge.
Here’s another graphic if it helps you understand.
What’s your favorite cross-fader curve?
There are no comments posted. Be the first to comment!
Post a Comment