Ableton Live Online Program


Ableton Live is the premier production and performance software on the market. Our Interactive Online Ableton Live Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. Every student leaves with the ability to produce music in any genre, under any circumstances.

11050119_411307935717292_8211719193035552176_nIn addition to our leading Ableton Live curriculum, this class has been designed around Ableton’s Dennis DeSantis’ new book, Making Music – 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers.

THE NEXT START DATE IS: April 10, 2017
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Orientation Week Starts April 10 – taking enrollments through April 17.

About the Online Program:

This is a Slam Academy Interactive Online Class. That means that every week students will receive new content to watch on their own time, have scheduled group chat time with the instructor, turn in assignments, and received critical feedback from the instructor every week.

Our Interactive Online Ableton Program is the most rigorous training we offer in Live. It is a comprehensive and systematic approach from the ground up, designed for the most dedicated Live students. This sequence takes the novice producer through the most advanced content and cutting edge techniques, equipping you with all the tools you will need to be a professional Live user.

Enrolling in this program includes a 1-year all-access SlamPass membership!

Register now with a monthly payment plan of only $250

A Sneak Peak at our Ableton Live Online Program:

 Level 2, Class 3, Lesson 1: Session Jamming

In this lesson we will first look at the components of Live that allow us to “play” our computers – as musicians play their instruments – LIVE.   After working through each of these components in action with our instructor, we can then start to ask ourselves the big question:  How am I going to use this in my own creative process?  

Let’s look at Page 46 of Making Music by Dennis DeSantis: “Write Drunk, Edit Sober.”  (The textbook for this course).   In this lesson, Mr. Desantis makes a powerful suggestion: Separate the “jam” times from the “post production” times.   This allows us to chase our muse when she appears, without being distracted by all of the tools and options available during the editing stage.  Here, Dennis works with a few mental exercises that will help us break free from the oftentimes overwhelmed headspace and into the “flowstate” of improvisation and free creation.

Don’t we all want to be there?   Let’s exercise this together in our weekly 1 on 1 lab times via Google Hangouts, or during our recorded video feedback sessions on our projects.   Every student at Slam Academy gets direct contact with an expert on a weekly basis, in both “hangouts” and within recorded feedback sessions of the student works.   In addition to that, all Slam students are immediately inserted into the thriving community of artists, musicians, producers, and sound designers that surround the Slam Academy family!

In todays first Video session, I would like to focus on the Resonator.

I would like us to first understand Resonators, and then explore ways in which we can build our own from scratch using filters, delays, and LFOs, all within a single audio effect rack. After we learn the fundamental principals at work here, we will focus on how we can use these principals in our tracks. I”ll show you a few examples, and a few tracks that I’m working on using resonators.

In our weekly hangout session, I would like to hear what you are working on using these. Below is a live pack that I outline in this video to get you started.

Resonator Modifications Live Pack: [Download]

What does the Lab Time Look Like?

A lot of students ask us how an interactive lab time works. Each student logs in from wherever they are in the world, and can optionally show their computer’s camera and microphone (so we can see each other!) The teacher starts the session with an open question session, followed by a lecture/demonstration on the lesson of the week. Just like in real life, anyone can chime in and ask questions as they come up. Following the lesson, another free-form question and answer session happens before adjourning for the week.

Remember that each student will receive the lesson of the week in videos before the lab session, so they can watch them on their own time. When the lab time happens, students are ready for additional reinforcement on the topic, to ensure maximum competency.

What does the Weekly Feedback Look Like?

Every week, students in the Online Program submit a track to the teacher. The teacher offers a valuable and encouraging critique of the track, and sends back a personalized video with some suggested improvements. These videos are often considered the most inspiring and powerful part of the entire online program by students! Even though these videos are not shared publicly, and are intended only for the student, one student has given us permission to share one of theirs to give you a glimpse.

Included in this Course:

  • Admission to 1 year of Slam Academy Lab Time (6 months during the program & a 6-month complimentary SlamPass membership)
  • Every week, participate in class discussions in private forums.
  • Every week, get up to 3 hours of custom course videos
  • 2 hours of available lab time with the instructor using video chat
  • 1 homework assignment every week, focusing in on the topic of discussion and lessons
  • Weekly feedback session during lab time.
  • Direct teacher video feedback on Level projects.
  • 6 month membership to Splice Sounds
  • Student community access via Google Plus.
  • Private online forum for collaboration, sharing, and questions.
  • All access pass to Slam Academy’s online Instant Course offerings.

Full Program Overview:

Live 1: Orientation & Interface Navigation
(Week 0, 1, 2, 3)
Topics: Navigation, Clip Basics, Signal Flow, Recording to Arrange, Timeline Functions, Automation Details, The Control Bar, The Preferences and Browser, The Groove Pool

Live 2: Sequencing and Recording
(Week 4, 5, & 6)
Topics: Audio Recording Basics, MIDI Programming Basics, Resampling, Anchors and Commands, Warp Modes, Granulation and Envelopes, Session Jamming, Arrangement Tracking, Overdubbing and Comping

Live 3: Arranging and Editing
(Week 7, 8, & 9)
Topics: Arranging Basics, Real Time Session Recording, Overdubbing and the Loop Brace, Timeline Commands, Using Locators, Time Signature Changes, Composition Techniques, Generative Tools, Professional Arrangements

Live 4: Controllers and Instruments
(Week 10, 11, & 12)
Topics: Connecting Controllers, Connecting Instruments, Connecting Hardware, Push Interface and Pads, Control Section, Control Section II, Songwriting with Push, Mixing and APC, Sampling and Looping

Live 5: Synthesis and Sampling
(Week 13, 14, & 15)
Topics: Subtractive Synthesis, FM Synthesis, Physical Modeling Synthesis, Sampling with Impulse, Sampling with Simpler, Sampling with Sampler, The Racks Interface, Zone Configurations, Macro Mappings

Live 6: Effects Processing
(Week 16, 17, & 18)
Topics: The 3 “Ds” of Sound, Combining Dimensions, Basic Effect Rack Ideas, Distortion, The Various Models, Other Forms of Distortion, Parallel Processing, Spectral Processing, Performance Racks

Live 7: Performance
(Week 19, 20, & 21)
Topics: Advanced Warping, Performance Rack Integration, Controller Customizations, MIDI Instrument Integration, Effects Processing and Resampling, Return and Master Track Configurations, Monitoring for Performance, Latency Management, Performance and Improvisation

Live 8: Mixing and Mastering
(Week 22, 23, & 24)
Topics: Connecting the Puzzle Pieces, Gain Staging, Dynamics, Classic Mix Strips, Series Vs Parallel Processing, Professional Mix Workflows, Multiband Dynamics, Spectral Processing, Mastering Channel Strips

The Ableton Program is the most rigorous training we offer in Live. It is a comprehensive and systematic approach from the ground up, designed for the most dedicated Live students. This sequence takes the novice producer through the most advanced content and cutting edge techniques, equipping you with all the tools you will need to be a professional Live user.

The program starts Monday, April 10 with orientation and ends September 24, 2017.

Not sure if this is the right program for you? 
Send us an email to request your Free, no obligation, consultation session with one of our Ableton Certified Trainers. We can chat about your skill level, the best place to start, and if this program is a good fit for you. (No salesmen!)

Register For This Class

This extensive class is limited to only 15 students – on a first come, first serve basis.

Register with a single payment of $2999.00

Register with a monthly payment plan of only $250.

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