How to Make Great Music Mashups: The Start-to-Finish Guide to Making Mashups with Ableton Live, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

How to Make Great Music Mashups

The Start-to-Finish Guide to Making Mashups with Ableton Live, 1st Edition

By Paul Zala


188 pages | 90 B/W Illus.

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Written for the beginner DJ, this accessible book presents everything you need to know in order to create great dance floor moments that will take your sets to the next level and get you noticed as a DJ. Using Ableton’s industry-leading digital audio workstation, the reader will learn to achieve a professional sound by expertly manipulating Warping, pitching, editing, automation and plugin effects processing; also, avoiding mistakes such as key-clashing, jarring transitions, mismatched energies and more. The book’s companion website includes key-charts, musical scale diagrams, organisational templates for live sessions, and follow-along video demonstrations.

Table of Contents


Why Mashups?

The Components of a Mashup

The Right Mix of Elements

Mashup Theory

What Will You Need?

Ableton Live

Preparing for Mashups

Making Mashups


Final Thoughts

About the Author

Paul Zala has over 25 years of musical experience behind him, covering everything from training in piano, guitar, trumpet and voice through to performance in live bands and DJing. Coupled with training in Music Production at RMIT Melbourne, he’s been writing, producing, engineering and performing professionally since 2007. Finding his feet as one half of Australian Dance outfit Denzal Park, he’s enjoyed a successful dance music career sporting dozens of singles, around 100 remixes, international performances, not to mention accolades including APRA Dance Work of the Year, Platinum Records, number 1s on the US Billboard Dance Chart, Australia’s ARIA Club Chart and the top spot on dance music’s leading outlet Paul loves talking shop and sharing his knowledge with anyone who loves making music.

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