Useful Tips for DJing with Ableton Push, Part 3

Continuing with his tips on DJing using Ableton Push, Tadhg Leonard looks at how to use Push to record and replay your FX automation data in the third part of this mini-series.  

In this series, we have been looking at ways of utilizing Push's hands on features to enhance your DJ sets. Here we are going to look at a neat trick that really showcases Push's power, not just as a production but also a live performance/DJ tool.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this mini-series.

Using Push to record and replay your FX automation data

When you add an effect to your DJ sets in just the right way, wouldn't it be good to save the automation data from this and loop it or add it again to your set later on? (For example when adjusting the grid parameter of the Beat Repeat Plug-in perfectly in time with the beat). 

This can be achieved in Live by using Dummy clips. Dummy clips are nothing new but have proved an excellent way of introducing pre-automated FX to DJ sets and live performances. Their potential was enhanced with the release of Live 9, more specifically the introduction of Session View Automation. Now users were able to record and store the automation data into each clip during a live performance. With Push, however, you can take this to the next level by creating, editing and manipulating whatever effect you want through a dummy clip, directly from the Push interface itself.  Let's take a closer look.

Set Up

To get started, you need to create an audio track and rename it '

I have been an audio enthusiast and DJ hobbyist since I was a young lad. I currently work as a researcher on The Gadget Show on Channel 5 in the UK where I specialize in all the audio and music tech related content on the show. Before that I have worked in the sound department on a number of feature films doing everything from locati... Read More


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