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The Laptop DJ Handbook: Setups and Techniques of the Modern Performer by Jason Emsley

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Chapter 12. DJing with Ableton Live

I am generally hesitant to call Live a DJ application, mainly because it is so much more than that, but also because in a traditional sense it isn’t a DJ application at all. But does this mean that an artist cannot DJ with Live?

Unlike Traktor or Serato, which (digital/analog aside) are both evolutions of traditional DJ culture, Live seems to have fallen into this category through guilt by association. Nonetheless, DJ culture has unquestionably influenced Live’s development as much as Live’s development has trickled into applications such as Traktor or Serato. This is plainly evidenced by the recent Live/Serato Bridge functionality.

Advantages and Disadvantages

So, has Ableton become the ultimate DJ application? ...

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