In this class we will be focusing on how to edit, produce, arrange, and compose in Ableton Live.
In this class we will be focusing on how to edit, produce, arrange, and compose in Ableton Live. For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn't be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost.

What will I learn in this Course?

  • Looping
  • Locators
  • Key Mapping
  • Reversing Clips
  • Time Signatures Changes (session and arrangement)
  • Meter Changes (session and arrangement)
  • Adding harmony
  • Working with vocal samples
  • Creating beats
  • Working with one-shots
  • Slice to MIDI for beat production
  • Drum racks (!)
  • Consolidating
  • Recording/Writing Drum grooves
  • Layering Synths
  • Freezing & Flattening
  • Audio Effects
  • Automating Effects
  • Side-Chaining
  • Routing & Bussing
  • Resampling
  • ...and much more!

Course Outline

  • Introduction & Overview
    • Introduction
  • Arrangement View Editing
    • Arrangement View Editing
    • Timeline Commands
    • Clips: Moving, Copying, Reversing
    • Clip Fades
    • Drag and Drop
    • Time Signature Changes
    • Downloading and Uploading Sessions
    • [Download] Session No. 1
  • Session View Editing
    • Session View Editing
    • Setting Up Loops
    • Editing Clips
    • Tempo Changes in Session View
    • Meter Changes in Session View
    • Adding Harmony and Basslines
    • The Back to Arrangement Button
    • Record to Arrangement
    • [Download] Session No. 2
  • Making Beats
    • Beats!
    • Working with Loops
    • Chopping Up Loops
    • Consolidating
    • Slice to New MIDI Track
    • Working with Drum Racks
    • Creating Your Own Drum Racks
    • Recording Your Drum Racks
    • [Download] Session No. 3
  • Producing with Synths
    • Live’s Synthesizers
    • Layering Synths
    • Freezing and Flattening
    • [Download] Session No. 4
  • Working with Effects
    • Applying Effects
    • Basic Audio Effects
    • Automating Effects
  • Advanced Production Techniques
    • Production Techniques
    • Side-Chaining
    • Routing and Bussing
    • Resampling
    • [Download] Session No. 5
  • Wrap Up
    • Coming Up Next
    • Wrap Up!

Course Information

Estimated Time: 3 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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