For years I've been teaching Ableton Live and Max 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.
This is a general course for people with little or no experience producing electronic music. This course will cover all general aspects of music making (key, pitch, form, harmony), through basic audio concepts (waveforms, frequency spectrum, etc.) ending at basic concepts of synthesis and MIDI.

What will I learn in this Course?

  • The basics of electronic music production
  • How digital audio works
  • Recording audio
  • How MIDI works
  • Production workflows

Course Outline

  • Digital Audio Production
    • Overview & Philosophy
    • Recap
    • A Brief History of Recorded Audio
    • Video 2: The History of Recorded Audio (more-or-less)
    • Recap
    • Hardware & Software
    • Video 3: Hardware & Software
    • Recap
  • All About MIDI
    • MIDI
    • Video 4: MIDI Basics
    • Recap
    • Producing with MIDI
    • Video 5: Producing with MIDI
    • Recap
  • Putting it All Together
    • Working with Loops
    • Video 6: Working with Loops
    • Recap
    • Odds & Ends
    • Video 7: Odds & Ends
    • Recap
    • Synthesis Basics
    • Video 8: Synthesis
    • Recap
  • Wrap Up
    • Closing Thoughts

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2 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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Digital Audio Production

All About MIDI

Putting it All Together

Wrap Up

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