Ableton Live 1: Production will transform you into a well-grounded producer in just 8 weeks. This creative and intuitive software is revolutionising the music making process and we provide a comprehensive lowdown on how to use the tools in Live to make professional quality tracks. You'll gain professional insight into the whole process from MIDI programming to getting to grips with EQing sounds and mastering your final mix. Upload your music for DVR™- expert analysis and video feedback from a pro producer. With Louie Vega, Freerange and Cr2  checking out tracks from this course, this is a fantastic opportunity to get your stuff heard in the right places - after polishing your technique!  This course has now been updated with brand new Live 9 and 'Push' content!

Includes over 135 quality videos/frequent DVR™ (1-2-1 video feedback)/8 hours live master classes/1 year access/over 160 pages of course notes/24/7 access to forum/ exclusive audio resources to download. Optional: submit your track to Point Blank Music distributed by iTunes, beatport, Juno Download and Amazon.


Beat Making with Impulse

  • Overview of Ableton
  • Browser: devices, Session and Arrange view
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Live packs
  • Drums: kits, Impulse, quantize, velocity tricks
  • Counting music: rhythm and tempo
  • Creating self contained projects

Groove, Warping and Clip Envelopes

  • Layered Drums: multiple Impulse kits
  • Midi controllers: playing in live, OVR function
  • Hot Swap: single sounds and kits
  • Quantize, groove and swing
  • Warping explained
  • Percussion: warping loops, warp markers
  • Clip envelopes: events, automation

Music and Bass with Simpler

  • Sounds: browsing, tricks, REX and Midi files
  • Simpler: loading sounds, start points
  • Programming bass parts in different genres
  • Compression: basics
  • Simpler: filter,  LFO, velocity, Live 7 Legacy
  • Riffs, chords and scales, arpeggiator
  • Racks: chains, instruments, drum racks

Scenes and Effects

  • Building scenes:capture and insert, labelling
  • Effects: inserts v sends/returns, when and why?
  • Delay and Reverb
  • Creative effects: Beat Repeat and Auto Filter
  • Midi mapping: sends, midi map values
  • Key mapping: toggle switches, mixing desk
  • Resampling: what and why? Frequency shifter

Arrangement and Vocals

  • Recording Arrangements
  • Automation: editing, recording/overdubbing
  • Arrange view essentials, fixed grid
  • Editing audio, consolidation, Red drums, fades
  • Editing midi
  • Free 3rd party plug ins: T.A.L/NI Kore Player
  • Vocal samples and recording vocals

Structure and Arrangement

  • Slice to midi: Macro loop compress functions
  • Structure: breakdowns, larger sections, method
  • Arrangement: how parts co exist
  • Arrangement types: songs, tracks
  • Project: Soy Mustafa ‘Red’, Jonny Miller Remix
  • Arranging: delete time, copy sections, als files
  • Tips: fills, Red drums, fill from original drum loop

Mixing Basics

  • Sweeps, washes, reverses, cymbals, FX
  • Freeze & Flatten options
  • Session view: set up, extending faders, sizing
  • Grouping tracks for mixing and processing
  • Spectrum analysing: using it to 'see' sound
  • Functional FX: EQ Eight and Auto Filter HP
  • Compression: attack/release, side chaining

Finish Project

  • Apply finishing touches to project
  • Exporting your track , options, dither
  • What is mastering? Pro mastering vs. ‘maxing’
  • Mastering basics: master bus additions
  • Ableton Course Final Test
  • Soundcloud and your online profile
  • Assignment 8: finish final track

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  • Weeks: 8
  • Fees: £695.00
  • Available Dates
  • 18th August 2014
  • 1st September 2014
  • 15th September 2014
  • 13th October 2014
  • 10th November 2014
  • 8th December 2014


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