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Ultimate Ableton Live 11 Part 4: Synthesis And Sound Design
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3h 18m

This course is designed for those interested to learn the various kinds of synthesis in Ableton Live 11 and how to use them to create unique sound design elements.

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Jason Allen is a PhD in music, and was recently named one of the semi-finalists for the Grammy Foundations "Music Educator" award.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone in any country who is ready to start their music production by learning everything they need to know about how to make music with Ableton Live 11.
  • Beginners: If you don’t know much about music production, this is the best class to start with.
  • Intermediate: If you’ve dabbled with Ableton Live, but are missing the foundational knowledge of the program, start here.
  • Advanced: People using Ableton Live on a daily basis will benefit from the workflow tips, vocabulary, and techniques in this course.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Sound Design Principles
  • Synthesis Types
  • Synthesis Elements
  • Live’s Analog Synthesizer
  • Using LFO
  • M4L Instruments
  • Live’s Collision Synthesizer
  • Live’s Electric Synthesizer
  • Live’s Impulse Synthesizer
  • Live’s Tension Synthesizer
  • Live’s Operator Synthesizer
  • The Samplers in Live 11
  • The Simpler
  • The Sampler
  • Instrument Racks
  • The External Instrument
  • And much, much, more!


  • Students should be ready to produce music, but do not need to be experienced musicians. No prior experience is needed in music theory or production.
  • Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trial version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.
  • Finishing the class, “Ultimate Ableton Live 11 Part 1: The Interface And The Basics” will be very helpful, but is not required.
  • Finishing the class, “Ultimate Ableton Live 11 Part 2: Recording And Warping” will be very helpful, but is not required.
  • Finishing the class, “Ultimate Ableton Live 11 Part 3: Producing And Editing” will be very helpful, but is not required.

Software version used in the course: 

  • Ableton Live 11

In this course, we will use the real-world experiences of the award-winning instructor and university music production professor Dr. Jason Allen. But don’t be worried – Dr. Allen is best known around campus for keeping things simple, accessible, useful, and fun.

Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated instructor, and university professor. In 2017, the Star Tribune featured him as a “Mover and a Shaker,” and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 


In this class, we are going to learn Ableton Live 11, and every aspect of the program. We will focus on how to do everything possible in Ableton Live, and you will finish this course as an expert in Ableton Live 11. Whether you have experience in music production already or not, this is the ultimate class to learn how to use the Ableton Live 11 software for any genre of music.

Ultimate Ableton Live 11 Part 4 is everything you need to start making great tracks!

This is a really deep class – tons of content, tricks, and tips. Throughout the different “parts” of this class (there are six total), I’ll go through literally everything I know about Ableton Live 11, and everything it took for me to become a Certified Trainer. I’ll share some of my own tracks, and give you some full sessions from my library to play around with and get you started.

In this part of the class, we are going to cover how to use the Live 11 software for a variety of kinds of synthesis, all leading to having unique and powerful sound design elements in your tracks.

I will be making 6 complete “parts” in order to bring you the most comprehensive manual on Ableton Live production techniques ever created. Each class has sets, sessions, and experiments for you to try on your own and follow along with.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Ableton Live in a more comprehensive way than this.

The course is a roadmap to making stunning tracks with Ableton Live 11.

All the tools you need to produce great tracks are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences – not just academic theory.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned sound design principles and Live 11’s synthesizers.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction 00:00:00
What Is An ACT? 00:00:00
Section 2 - Working With Live’s Instruments
Workflow: Working With Live’s Instruments 00:00:00
Quick MIDI Refresher 00:00:00
MIDI Clips 00:00:00
Fold To Scale 00:00:00
[Download] Important Key Commands 00:00:00
Section 3 - Sound Design Basics
Sound Design Basics 00:00:00
Synthesis Types 00:00:00
Synthesis Elements 00:00:00
Section 4 - Live's Analog Instrument
Live’s Analog Synth 00:00:00
Basic Outline 00:00:00
Programming Analog 00:00:00
ADSR Envelopes 00:00:00
LFO 00:00:00
Saving And Loading Patches 00:00:00
[Download] Analog Patch From This Section 00:00:00
Section 5 - The Ableton Live Instruments
All Ableton Instruments Overview 00:00:00
M4L Instruments 00:00:00
Common Principals 00:00:00
Section 6 - Collision
Live’s Collision Synth 00:00:00
Programming Collision 00:00:00
[Download] Collision Patch From This Section 00:00:00
Section 7 - Electric
Live’s Electric Synth 00:00:00
Programming Electric 00:00:00
Electric Presets 00:00:00
Section 8 - Impulse
Live’s Impulse Synth 00:00:00
Section 9 - Tension
Live’s Tension Synth 00:00:00
Tension Preset Deconstruction 00:00:00
Section 10 - Operator
Live’s Operator Synth Interface 00:00:00
Operator Programming 00:00:00
[Download] Instrument Session 00:00:00
Section 11 - The Wavetable Synth
What Is A Wavetable Synth? 00:00:00
The Wavetable 00:00:00
The Matrix And Modulation 00:00:00
Preset Study 00:00:00
Section 12 - The Ableton Live Samplers
The Simpler And The Sampler 00:00:00
Using Simpler (In Classic Mode) 00:00:00
Simpler In 1-Shot Mode 00:00:00
Simpler In Slice Mode 00:00:00
Using Sampler 00:00:00
Multi-Samples And Zones 00:00:00
Sampler Orchestra Library Example 00:00:00
Section 13 - Racks
Overview To Instrument Racks 00:00:00
Chains And The Chain Selector 00:00:00
Macros 00:00:00
Some Rack Presets 00:00:00
Drum Racks 00:00:00
The Choke Setting 00:00:00
Effects In Drum Racks 00:00:00
Section 14 - The External Instrument
External Instrument 00:00:00
[Download] Here Is That Session! 00:00:00
Section 15 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00


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