Mix Templates

In episode 012 I demonstrated how to automate a DJ mix in Ableton Live. One time-consuming aspect of this technique is applying effects and creating automation lanes. To save time, you can set up an empty mix template with the effects and automation already lanes in place. To create your mix template start a new project, switch to the arrangement view, and start adding your effects and automation lanes. When you’re finished, save the project and use it as a base for your mixes. If you want see how I have set my project up, you can download my Ableton Live Mix Template.

Record and Encode Your DJ Mix in Audacity

Audacity is a free audio-editing program that runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It’s lightweight interface and ease of use makes it a great program to record and encode your DJ mixes. Download the installer and LAME MP3 Encoder Binary for your operating system and install them. After installation, run Audacity and go into the preferences. Navigate to the “File Formats” on a Mac, or the “Libraries” on Windows, and locate the LAME library that you installed earlier. If Audacity does not automatically find the library navigate to /usr/local/lib/audacity on a mac, or the folder you installed the .dll to on Windows. When you’re ready to record your mix, hit the red recording button. Press stop when you are finished. Simply select “Export as MP3” on a Mac, or select MP3 after clicking “Export” on Windows, name your file and insert the appropriate metadata.

  • Alex

    why did you make the ableton template that you have (i.e., what do you use the compressor for when mixing songs?)

    • The compressor is there to prevent clipping on the master channel. I can go over the mix template in a more detailed video or post if you like.

  • Paulo

    Why do you bother recording your mix in Audacity? Why not just record it in Ableton and render it once you have finished. Saves a lot of re-records and splices if anything needs adding at a later date. I don’t see the point in your advice.

    • I’m not trying to suggest that you do your mix in ableton, but record it with audacity. I’m presenting the two segments as separate parts. You’re right, if you already have ableton, you should stay inside of the application from start to finish. However, if all you want to do is record your set directly from your mixer, audacity will do the trick.