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Slam Academy visits Denver

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Slam Academy hosted the Denver Ableton Live User Group at The Black Box on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 with over 100 attendees present at the event, including music production demonstrations by Mr. Bill (Slam Academy Denver), Serafin Sanchez (Ableton), and James Patrick (JP; Slam Academy Minneapolis), with musical performance by DKO, Darren Kramer.

This was Slam Academy’s very first event in Denver, Colorado.  Denver is a city that Slam Academy has admired since the beginning, and now, exciting opportunities to participate in the development of the electronic music production community for the first time is underway. The Black Box is Denver’s premiere Electronic Music venue and Slam Academy couldn’t have been more excited for a better place to host an advanced music production workshop. Slam Academy has been hosting Ableton User Groups in Minneapolis for the past 6 years, and the community of Denver was very welcoming.

“One of the biggest secrets to our success is that we help people find the joy of developing their own sound” said James Patrick as he began his presentation on sound design. The packed room paid close attention to all presenters as they each offered something unique and different.

Slam Academy also paid a visit to a local, non-profit youth music mentorship program called Youth on RecordYouth on Record inspires at-risk youth to see the potential for a better life. Upon arriving, Slam Academy was greeted by YOR Teaching Artist, Mona Magno, who provided an informational tour about the programs. Youth on Record empowers Colorado’s under-served youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators. Becoming a monthly donor or donating to their wish list really helps to support the organization.

In addition, Slam Academy also got to pay a visit to Mr. Bill’s personal recording studio.  Mr. Bill, a producer and artist based in Denver, provides Ableton Live tutorials about the ins and outs of Ableton’s devices.  From beginner users to advanced, Mr. Bill offers something for everyone. He will show you tricks, helpful functions and many other fancy things. Be sure to check out the sample pack bundles and collections.

Slam Academy will be starting an Ableton Live program in Denver that launches March 4, 2019. The Ableton Live program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. It will meet every Monday from 7pm-10pm (MST) at The Black Box. For more information on enrollment, please contact Slam Academy Denver @ 720-772-1483 or email us at [email protected].

Mary (Director of Student Affairs) & Tanya (Recruitment Specialist) welcoming & enrolling students

Serafin Sanchez (DEN AUG host & Ableton rep) diving deep into the various features of Ableton

Musical performance featuring Ableton Live by DKO, Darren Kramer (co-host of the DEN AUG)

Teaching assistants, enrolled & prospective students are all engaged in the presentation

JP (CCO & Slam Academy co-founder) amazes the crowd with some sound design techniques

Full house @ the Black Box attentively watching JP’s presentation

Stay tuned for Slam Academy’s full program offerings to be introduced at our new Denver campus over the coming months / year(s)!

Able10 – Live 10 Release Party Great Success

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On a crisp and cold day in Minneapolis, MN, things were brewing up hot inside at Able Seedhouse & Brewing for the Able10 – Live 10 release party celebration held on Sunday, February 18.  The event was hosted by Ableton aficionado, Brian Botkiller, in addition to Minneapolis Ableton Live User’s Group and Slam Academy (an Ableton Certified Training Center and multimedia art and music studio). Ableton released of the version 10 software on February 6th, 2018.

Many enthusiasts gathered at the brew house to check out all the new features that have been introduced to Live, including four new devices called Wavetable (synthesizer), Echo (delay), Drum Buss (shape the sound of your drums), and Pedal (character of analog stomp boxes).  The new Capture feature allows you to put your spontaneous ideas together without having to press record.  You can also edit multiple MIDI clips in tandem to take better control of your song.  Overall, the interface has been updated to have cleaner and sharper graphics and colors, in addition to countless more improvements.  All of these new Live updates bring new functionality to Push (hardware instrument specifically for Live), like melodic step sequencing and advanced visualization to see everything in rich detail.

“Our partnership with Ableton allows us to stay on top of the latest advancements and upgrades and to provide our music community with the highest level of instruction on the most relevant tools to today’s producers” says Slam Academy Founder and ACT, Dr. J Anthony Allen.  

There’s really no better way to fuel your creativity than by interacting with individuals who share your interests.  Also in attendance and providing his wealth of knowledge was Ableton Certified Trainer and Slam Academy co-Founder, James Patrick.  

With three Ableton Certified Trainers on its faculty and over 35 years of collective teaching experience, Slam Academy has quickly become the premiere destination for learning Ableton Live in the Midwest.  All Users Groups in Minneapolis feature local guest artists and Certified Trainers from the area. Slam Academy is also the home of many dedicated Ableton courses, and the only official and listed Max for Live institution in Minnesota.  Slam Academy is also an Ableton Retailer.

We got you curious?  Come to our next Open House on Saturday, March 10th, to experience it all.  Our friendly staff will provide you with the information you need to help get you in the right direction for your music and digital technology endeavors.

Ableton Live Program start dates for 2018 are March 8th, May 7th, August 30th, and November 5th.  Classes meet once a week, and you can choose your start time at either 11am or 7pm depending on your schedule.  

You live far away from Slam Academy?  Or would like remote training because you are on the go?  We got you.  We offer our Ableton Live Program online!  Our Ableton Live Online Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. It’s available to start whenever you like.

 

Upcoming Free Ableton Classes @ Slam Academy:

Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, April 23 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, April 23 @ 7pm

Intro to Ableton Live – Thurs. August 23 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Thurs. August 23 @ 7pm

Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, Oct 29 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, Oct 29 @ 7pm