I love to use Ableton Live for loops and acapella snippets, all synced into a live set. With MIDI sync you can use the software with most DJ software like Traktor. Traktor got all kinds of new features over the last two years that cover a lot of the functionality from Ableton Live, so that sync has become less important and Serato has the Bridge. But like a lot of other DJs out there I prefer to use the Pioneer CDJ-2000 system. And that one doesn’t sync with Ableton Live…or does it?
A few months after I got the Pioneer CDJ-2000 I figured that it must be possible to get a tight synchronization between Ableton Live and the CDJs. I did a quick technical feasibility study which had a promising outcome. The only problem with these kinds of great Ideas is, that they also require a great amount of time.
Lucky as I am I work for an awesome employer called TASS technology solutions that gives me a lot of freedom for technical ideas and challenges. TASS also works very close with all mayor education institutes in the Netherlands and provides their graduate students with challenging assignments that people like me make up.
Ömer Soy, a grad student at TASS technology solutions, has been working on my assignment to realize a stable MIDI Sync between Ableton Live and multiple CDJ-2000s. The results are looking promising and I will be uploading a video, demonstrating the sync, soon.
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