Ableton Live Program (Online)

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Join Ableton Certified Trainers and learn the world's leading production platform. 

Ableton Live is the premier production and performance software on the market. Our 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.

After completing this program, you'll be able to:

Produce, Mix, and Master

Use Ableton Live to mix and master your own songs so they sound as loud and clear as your favorite tracks.

Collaborate and Engage

Slam Academy is a community. While in this class, you will meet your next great collaborative partner, someone to share the stage with, or even your new best friend.

Find Your Sound

Record your own instruments and vocals and add them to your own professional-sounding tracks.

Produce Professional Tracks

Using Ableton Live, industry-proven techniques, and special tricks and tips from our Ableton Certified Trainers, you will leave this class with finished, polished tracks.


Katie (K80) talks about her experience not even knowing how to open the program all the way to making her first tracks.

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Michael Evalds

Walking in, Michael couldn't even find the kick and the downbeat. Now he is making amazing tracks in Ableton Live.

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Ben Gardner (Bolo)

Listen to Ben talk about the resources he had access to as a student at Slam. Ben got from the classroom to the stage in no time.

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Meet Your Instructor:


James Patrick

James Patrick is a Minneapolis-based DJ and music producer, entrepreneur, and educator. James has over 20 years of professional experience performing at and directing electronic music events, including curation of the International Spark Festival. A pilot member of the Ableton Trainer Certification program, James participated in the first wave of trainer certifications and has been a critical force among the user base in the US. After more than a decade of teaching synthesis and sound design at various institutions including Dubspot and the Institute for Production and Recording, in 2012 James co-founded Slam Academy, an Electronic Music School and Ableton Certified Training Center. James uses his professional involvement in both academic and popular electronic realms to unite the creative energy, ideas, and people of his community.

Registration to this class includes:

  • Access to all of the Ableton Live Program
  • Access to our Private Community on Discord
  • 1-on-1 help from Slam Academy Instructors and/or Teaching Assistants
  • Additional benefits for Members

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This course has been independently reviewed and evaluated by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (, and has been found to meet or exceed their 5 criteria: Exceptional Pedagogy, Dynamic Delivery, Rich Media, Inviting Participation, and Affordability.
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Ableton Live Curriculm

  • 1: The Ableton Live Interface

    Create your own original music sketches using Ableton Live’s Factory Library sounds. Understand and practice the general workflow of music creation within Live.
  • 2: Sequencing and Recording

    Create your own original sequences using Live’s intuitive Session View. Record your own sounds into Live and warp them to your own grooves.
  • 3: Arranging and Editing

    Create intricate changes, drops, breakdowns, tempo changes and more using Live’s Arrangement View. Chop, slice, reverse, and further refine all of your sounds to create riveting sound environments.
  • 4: Effects Processing

    Turn your electronic music into something incredible with professional effects processing techniques. Sculpt your audio creations into exactly what you imagine using your own custom signal processors.
  • 5: Synthesis and Sampling

    Create your own original sounds from scratch. Build your own synth leads, basses, drums, pads, sound effects and more, entirely with Live’s virtual instrument collection.
  • 6: Controllers and Instruments

    Add more human control to your music by connecting your own controllers and instruments to Live. Customize your APC40, Push, and other Control Surfaces to respond exactly the way you want them to.
  • 7: Mixing and Mastering

    Push your original songs onto the world stage using industry standard Mixing and Mastering techniques. Polish your own songs alongside Slam’s expert mix engineers. Hear your own songs stack up to the loudness and clarity of your favorite all time tunes. Finish this level with a completed original song or EP, ready to share!
  • 8: Performance with Ableton Live

    Play your own original songs live in front of an audience. Design a live performance set that will allow you to jam alongside live musicians, DJs, and more using Ableton Live and a MIDI controller of your choice.

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