Ultimate Ableton Live Part 1: The Interface And The Basics

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This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of using the Ableton Live software.

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For years I’ve been teaching Ableton Live 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 Part 1: The Interface.

I will be making 6 (six!) complete classes 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

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 is currently an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

“Dr Allen does it again with his music theory for electronic musicians series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”

“The Best Teacher ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all mean without giving what you don’t want to know.”

“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

What are the requirements?

  • Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trial version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Navigate 100% of Ableton Live
  • Work in the Session View and Arrangement View of Ableton Live
  • Record Audio, Midi, and Understand Live’s Signal Flow

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned the basics of using the Ableton Live software.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections


The 2 Views Of Ableton Live: Session And Arrangement

What Is Arrangement View?

What Is Session View?

Navigating Live: Overview

Info View: The Best Place To Start

Help View: The Second Place To Go

Navigation In Live

The Main Sequencer Window: Arrangement View

The Clip Slot Grid: Session View

The Clip View Window

Adding Content: Overview

The Preferences: Getting Setup Correctly

The Browser: Finding What You Need

Live’s Signal Flow

Recording Audio In Live

“Record To Arrange” Recording A Performance

Session Deconstruction

Editing In Live: Overview

Timeline Functions And Looping

MIDI Editing And Quantizing

Automation In Live

The Groove Pool

Session Deconstruction No. 2

Wrap up: What now?


4 student reviews
  1. Esteban Wiaggio says:

    Detailed step by step instructions
    Great instructor. Detailed explanations, with concise comments. Good explanations of how and why features work as they do. The instructor not only knows about music and the app itself. He had great teaching skills. The best Ableton online course I've seen.

  2. Tyler says:

    Very helpful. well constructed
    Very helpful. well constructed

  3. Kevin says:

    Very Informative
    This was a welcome approach for becoming familiar with the windows and details of Live!