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About This Course

A new version of this course, Ultimate Ableton Live 10, is also available on SkillSuccess.

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 has 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.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about the basics of Ableton Live.

Course Curriculum

2h 32m

Section 1 - The Live Interface
Introduction 00:00:00
The 2 Views Of Ableton Live: Session And Arrangement 00:00:00
What Is Arrangement View? 00:00:00
What Is Session View? 00:00:00
Section 2 - Navigating Live
Navigating Live: Overview 00:00:00
Info View: The Best Place To Start 00:00:00
Help View: The Second Place To Go 00:00:00
Navigation In Live 00:00:00
The Main Sequencer Window: Arrangement View 00:00:00
The Clip Slot Grid: Session View 00:00:00
The Clip View Window 00:00:00
Section 3 - Recording In Live
Adding Content: Overview 00:00:00
The Preferences: Getting Setup Correctly 00:00:00
The Browser: Finding What You Need 00:00:00
Live’s Signal Flow 00:00:00
Recording Audio In Live 00:00:00
“Record To Arrange” Recording A Performance 00:00:00
Session Deconstruction 00:00:00
Section 4 - Editing In Live
Editing In Live: Overview 00:00:00
Timeline Functions And Looping 00:00:00
MIDI Editing And Quantizing 00:00:00
Automation In Live 00:00:00
The Groove Pool 00:00:00
Session Deconstruction No. 2 00:00:00
Section 5 - Wrap Up!
Wrap Up: What Now? 00:00:00

Course Reviews


18 ratings
  1. Skill Success

    Very helpful. well constructed


    Very helpful. well constructed

  2. Skill Success

    Very Informative


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

  3. Skill Success

    Good Introduction


    Lessons are logically organized. The instructor explains concepts clearly and concisely. Overall very impressed.

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