Ableton Live Level 1 - Beginners


Our Ableton Live Level 1 course provides students with all the knowledge necessary to start making music with Ableton Live. As well as being guided through all the main areas of the software, the modules provide more general producer information about music, performance and production.

At the end of the course, students should have all the basic skills required to produce their own tracks, with the modules going from the jamming stage right through to final mastering.
Students are even introduced to important sound creation methods, such as sampling and synthesising, the latter with Novation's included classic Bass Station software synth (worth £25).

The course is presented in a series of online videos with full accompanying downloadable materials and more than 750MB of samples from Loopmasters.

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Module Details

  • 1. Introduction to the Course and Live Basic Concepts
    Introduces the course style and preferred working methods then moves onto the first steps with Live, beginning with the preferences and setting up and then moving onto the software modes, layout, file management and the Browser, analysis files, audio formats and Project folders.
  • 2. Bonus Module - The Live 9 Browser
    Provides a thorough guide to the new Browser in Live 9, showing how files are organised and the different ways they can be found.
  • 3. Playing Audio Clips in Session View Mode
    Covers how to play audio clips together by triggering, arranging, copying and pasting. Then looks at tempo control and global quantisation. Also basic clip editing, such as warping, setting of start and end positions, looping. Grooves and Key mapping are also introduced.
  • 4. How to Create and Edit MIDI Clips
    Looks at what a MIDI clip is and the various ways it can be created, such as writing or playing. Then how to edit a MIDI clip, focussing on note length, pitch, quantisation and velocity. Also introduces overdub and shows saving of MIDI clips into the Browser.
  • 5. Moving From Session to Arrangement View - From Playing to Producing
    Shows how to create and work with Scenes, then the different ways that tracks can be shifted from Session to Arrangement view, to help better understand how one mode relates to another. Covers dragging and dropping, and recording tracks in directly, then basic layout and editing techniques as well as navigation in the Arrangement window.
  • 6. Recording Audio
    Explains the basics of audio recording, such as how to set up a track's input and monitoring settings. Shows the metronome and various ways that audio can be recorded, such as with a count-in or using record punch in and out. Also shows the handling and editing of recorded audio, including scrubbing, splitting, consolidating, non-destructive editing and the differences between editing on the track and in the clip view.
  • 7. Processing Audio - Basic Compression and Filtering
    Shows how to add one or more devices to tracks and how to manage them, then explains device presets and hot swapping. Explains the basics of compression, and provides a comprehensive guide to the most important parameters. Also introduces the concept of filtering and manipulating of frequencies.
  • 8. Building a Drum Track
    Describes the process of constructing beats using Impulse. How to import samples then how to trigger them. How to edit individual sample parameters, such as decay, pitch, panning, filtering and saturation. How to record or write in a beat, then how to edit it afterwards, as well as add processing like compression.
  • 9. Mixing a Track
    Covers working with the mixer in both the Session and Arrangement window, showing all the different parameters available. Shows equalisation, track grouping, routing, sends/returns and various mixing techniques.
  • 10. DJing with Live
    Shows how to set up tracks for DJing in the Session view. Explains more about setting beat markers and warping, then how to set up cueing of tracks, how to perform with the crossfader. Also shows how to use various audio effects like the DJ EQ and delays.
  • 11. Basic Sampling
    Explains what a sampler is and how it works. Shows how to import sounds into Simpler and then how to edit them, showing trimming, transposition and looping. Introduces envelopes, starting with amplitude envelopes and moving onto filter envelopes. Briefly shows LFO modulation and some more advanced parameters available in Sampler, such as graphical envelope editing and multi-sample keyboard mapping.
  • 12. Introduction to Synthesizing
    Explains the basics of synthesizing using the included Novation Bass Station as an example. Shows the main parameters available in each synth section, demonstrating oscillator waveforms and pitch, and envelope and LFO modulation. Ends by showing how to use this knowledge to create unique programs.
  • 13. Basic Mastering
    Explains what mastering is and shows the various stages, focussing mainly on multiband compression and limiting. Also shows Spectral Analysis and EQ, more subtle refining techniques and how to export your final track.
  • 14. More on MIDI - MIDI Controlling and Effects
    Explains more about MIDI controllers - what they are and how they can be used within Live. Shows MIDI map mode and the mapping Browser. Also covers MIDI effects, mainly focussing on the Arpeggiator.
  • 15. Introduction to Device Racks
    Explains what a device rack is, the different types available and the concept of chains and macro controls. Teaches how to build a multiband compressor using a rack and Live's other devices. Shows some examples of Instrument Racks. Runs through Drum Racks and shows how to edit and build beats with them.
Author Rob Jones
Contains Videos, PDFs, bonus
Format Streaming
Length 4 hours 44 mins
Level Beginners, Intermediate
Provider Producertech
Price $164.32

Customer Reviews

Reviewed by Martin Flowers from Cape Town , South Africa

I'm in the proces of deciding which DAW to get to know, of all the courses on offer, this one seems like the best bet!

September 2012
I must say thanks to this new online course
Reviewed by Brett from California

To the guys at Live-courses I must say thanks for this new online course. I DJ with Ableton Live already - and now I am using the software to create tracks too thanks to my new skills!

September 2011
I'm in my late 40s and new to this stuff
Reviewed by Anthony

Hi, I'm in my late 40s and new to this stuff. I tried Pro Tools, and I tried Sonar, and although I loved Sonar it was a little too complex for this old dog to learn, but Ableton Live is ridiculously straightforward in terms of getting good results very quickly, and what your courses do is make the difference to enable old dogs like me to learn all the new tricks that helps me put out the best I can. No excuses any more!! Great courses... Thanks for opening my eyes at last! Cheers

September 2011
Thanks for an excellent course.
Reviewed by Erik Sylvén from Stockholm, Sweden

Thanks for an excellent course. I have tried lots of courses/tutorials on DVD, download, YouTube etc. and think this one is the best by far. Best regards

September 2011
I'm thoroughly enjoying it
Reviewed by Wessel van Rensburg

Hi Team, just to let you know that I am busy with Course 1 and thoroughly enjoying it. I am a professional musician who has been using Pro Tools for 10 years and this takes some adapting. But I am going slow and easy at my own pace and love the way the course is presented. Thank you very much.

September 2011

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