Ableton Live Course

BACK

Ableton Live is now a well-recognized name due to its unique approach to music production. It is a DAW that is similar to such industry standards as Pro Tools or Logic, but much different in its capabilities. 

AGI’s Ableton Live course seeks to eliminate the confusion that most musicians tend to have about Ableton Live. Roy Sugihara’s course goal is to ensure that each student realizes that Ableton Live is a special kind of music production software, and with proper knowledge and understanding of its features, new sonic heights may be reached and surpassed. With hands-on exercises and careful guidance, Roy will take students comfortably into the incredibly flexible and limitlessly creative world of Ableton Live. 

Ableton Live Course

Length:

  • 15 hours (1 week course) 

  • 30 hours (2 weeks course)

Syllabus:

 

 GENERAL INTERFACE, AUDIO & CLIPS

  • Session and Arrangement Views

  • Live Projects, Live Sets

  • Live Library

  • Live Browser

AUDIO CLIPS

  • Audio Clips in Session View

  • Importing/Launching Clips

  • Setting Tempo and Global Quantize Value

  • A Third Clip and Launching SCENES

  • Renaming Scenes, Tracks, and Clips

CLIP VIEW

  • Clip Gain (volume)

  • Clip transposition

  • Looping/non-looping clip

  • Alternate loops

  • Follow actions

  • Clip Envelops​

  • Volume clip envelope, Draw Modes, Grid Values

  • Pan Clip Envelope w/ Draw Mode is ON and Snap to Grid is Off

  • Recording Automation Envelopes in Real time to session view clips

  • Transpose Clip Envelope and Breakpoint Editing

  • Unlinked Clip Envelopes, Looping and Non- Looping

WARPING, QUANTIZATION, GROOVES

-WARP MODES

  • Clip View Warping and Tempo Controls

  • Warp Modes Overview

  • Texture Mode

  • Beats Mode

  • Re-Pitch Mode

  • Tones Mode

-WARP MARKERS

  • Warp markers defined

  • Correcting timing with warp markers snapping to a grid

QUANTIZATION

  • Applying quantization to an audio clip

GROOVES AND THE GROOVE POOL

  • Extracting a groove to the groove pool

  • Auditioning Grooves from Live’s Library/ Hot Swapping

  • Groove Pool Parameters

  • Committing Grooves to Clips

ARRANGEMENT VIEW

-MAKING AN ARRANGEMENT WITH SESSION VIEW CLIPS

  • Preparing to make an arrangement

  • Arrangement view interface

  • Using Session view and Arrangement view together

  • Overdubbing from Session view to Arrangement view

-EDITING IN ARRANGEMENT VIEW

  • Adding locators to the arrangement

  • Working with clips in arrangement view

  • Making Edits in Arrangement view

  • Global Timeline edits

  • Automating the time signature

  • Automating the tempo

TYPES OF AUDIO EFFECTS

  • Insert effect

  • Send effect

  • Master track effect

APPLYING AUDIO EFFECTS AS INSERTS ON AUDIO TRACKS

  • EQ

  • Applying an EQ Three to a track

  • Applying an EQ Eight to a track

  • EQ Eight filter modes

  • Dynamic compression

  • Using a compressor to smooth dynamic range on a track

  • Applying a compressor audio effect to bass to add thickness

  • Using other audio effects as inserts on tracks and auditioning presets

  • Saving Presets

  • Save as DEFAULT

APPLYING AUDIO EFFECTS AS A SEND EFFECT

  • Applying a reverb send effect

  • Applying a delay send effect

AUDIO EFFECT RACKS

  • Audio effect rack presets

  • Creating a basic multi-effects rack

  • Serial and parallel processing with the chain list

  • Audio effect rack macro dials

  • Renaming dials and saving your rack creation

THIRD-PARTY EFFECTS

-SETTING UP FOR RECORDING

  • The IN/OUT section

  • Audio from Input Types and Input channels

  • Audio To Output types and Output channels

  • Monitor

-RECORDING IN SESSION VIEW

  • Global quantize and audio recording in session view

  • Helpful hints for recording in session view

-RECORDING IN ARRANGEMENT VIEW

  • Starting/stopping recording with punch-in/out points

  • Helpful hints for recording in arrangement view

MIDI, MIXING & AUTOMATION

  • Internal/external MIDI

  • Setting up MIDI controllers (I/O and Key map/ Midi Map)

  • Creating MIDI clips

  • Impulse (mouse-entry)

  • Editing velocity

  • Recording in session view with Computer MIDI keyboard

  • MIDI note quantization

  • Record quantization

  • MIDI Routing and Monitoring

  • Recording MIDI clips in Arrangement view from a controller

  • Overdubbing and editing MIDI performance gestures: modulation wheel

  • Making MIDI clips from audio clips

INSTRUMENT RACKS

  • Creating a layered instrument with instrument racks

DRUM RACKS

  • Making a Basic Drum Track

  • SLICE TO NEW MIDI Track

  • Glitching up a slice to NEW MIDI Track Beat

  • Playing drum racks with another track’s MIDI Clip

MIDI EFFECTS

  • Adding random effect to make variation

  • Adding an arpeggiator

  • MIDI Effects racks and the chain selector

MIDI clips with Hardware synths (external midi)

  • MIDI cables, ports, and channels

  • MIDI signal routing

  • MIDI device and channel routing in live

  • Monitoring external devices

MIXING AND AUTOMATION (arrangement view)

  • Recording basic automation gestures

  • Track panning automation and automation control chooser

  • Adding automation lanes

  • Editing automation lanes with draw mode off

  • Editing automation lanes with draw mode on

  • Editing ranges of automation envelopes

  • Clip fades

  • Automating parameters using MIDI Controllers

  • Overriding Automation and the Re-enable Automation button

MIXING TIPS

  • Master Track Plug-Ins

  • DITHER and Exporting Track

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