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Ultimate Ableton Live Part 5: MIDI And Audio Effects
5.0( 3 REVIEWS )
4h 33m

This course is designed for those interested to learn about Ableton Live’s MIDI and audio effects.

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4h 33m


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:

  • Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Live
  • Anyone interested in producing tracks, beats, synths, or any other music on their own
  • Students looking to understand the deeper levels of Ableton Live
  • Anyone interested in DJing and performing

What you’ll learn: 

  • Produce music using Ableton Live
  • Master using all of the Ableton Live Effects
  • DJ and perform music using Ableton Live
  • Work with Ableton’s powerful Racks interface


  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 1 – The Interface & The Basics is a great place to start, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 2 – Recording & Warping is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 3 – Producing & Editing is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 – Synths & Samplers is also great, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trial version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.

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 5: MIDI & Audio Effects

This is a really deep class – tons of content, tricks, and tips. I’ll go through all of the Ableton Live Instruments in this class, with considerable detail on each one. We will also talk about synthesis tricks and tips, getting most out of your samplers, and tons of production tips.

Topics include:

  • MIDI Effects
  • Arpeggiator
  • Chord MIDI Effect
  • MIDI Effect Racks
  • Note Length MIDI Effect
  • Pitch MIDI Effect
  • Random MIDI Effect
  • Scale MIDI Effect
  • Velocity MIDI Effect
  • Audio Effects
  • The three types of Audio Effects
  • ALL Ableton Audio Effects (and how to use them!)
    • Simple Delay
    • Ping Pong Delay
    • Filter Delay
    • Grain Delay
    • Chorus
    • Flanger
    • Reverb
    • Beat Repeat
    • Looper
    • EQ Three
    • EQ Eight
    • Auto Filter
    • Amp
    • Cabinet
    • Corpus
    • Dynamic Tube
    • Erosion
    • Frequency Shifter
    • Overdrive
    • Phaser
    • Redux
    • Resonator
    • Saturator
    • Vocoder
    • Compressor
    • Utility

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 Ph.D. 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:

“I’ve had Live Lite for a while but never quite understood how to use it because of the different options in how to arrange audio. This course explains exactly how to do that and get the most out of Live.”

“Great overview – I would start here for sure if you are just getting your feet wet with live. clear and to the point. session walkthroughs are great. looking forward to more”

“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.”

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge about the Ableton Live software’s MIDI and audio effects.

10 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 Ableton Live’s MIDI and audio effects.

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Welcome And Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
Section 2 - MIDI Effects
MIDI Effects Overview 00:00:00
The Difference Between MIDI And Audio Effects 00:00:00
Arpeggiator 00:00:00
Chord 00:00:00
MIDI Effect Rack 00:00:00
Note Length 00:00:00
Pitch 00:00:00
Random 00:00:00
Scale 00:00:00
Velocity 00:00:00
Section 3 - Audio Effects
The 3 Types Of Audio Effects 00:00:00
Section 4 - Time-based Audio Effects
Overview Of Time-based Effects 00:00:00
Simple Delay 00:00:00
Ping Pong Delay 00:00:00
Filter Delay 00:00:00
Grain Delay 00:00:00
Chorus 00:00:00
Flanger 00:00:00
Reverb 00:00:00
Beat Repeat 00:00:00
Looper 00:00:00
Section 5 - Frequency-Based Audio Effects
Frequency-Based Effects Overview 00:00:00
EQ Three 00:00:00
EQ Eight 00:00:00
Auto Filter 00:00:00
Amp 00:00:00
Cabinet 00:00:00
Corpus 00:00:00
Dynamic Tube 00:00:00
Erosion 00:00:00
Frequency Shifter 00:00:00
Overdrive 00:00:00
Phaser 00:00:00
Redux 00:00:00
Resonator 00:00:00
Saturator 00:00:00
Vocoder 00:00:00
Section 6 - Dynamic-Based Audio Effects
What Are Dynamic Effects 00:00:00
Compressor 00:00:00
Glue Compressor 00:00:00
Limiter 00:00:00
Multiband Dynamics 00:00:00
Gate 00:00:00
Auto Pan 00:00:00
Section 7 - The Other Audio Effects
External Audio Effect 00:00:00
Vinyl Distortion 00:00:00
Spectrum 00:00:00
Tuner 00:00:00
Utility 00:00:00
Section 8 - Wrap Up
Wrap Up 00:00:00
Up Next 00:00:00
Bonus: All Ableton Effects In 1 Handout 00:00:00

Course Review


3 Ratings
  1. Anonymous
    Nery Leonel Reyna Portillo September 11, 2020 at 21:57 PM



    This was what I was looking for. effect by effect and I have a good understanding of Ableton now.

  2. Anonymous

    Abundance of information


    It was incredibly useful to go through all of the MIDI and audio effects one by one to have a thorough understanding of what is available, how to use them, and the thinking process went through in grasping the world of effects.

  3. Anonymous
    Treenatest Dishner September 21, 2017 at 03:07 AM

    Great Information


    Great ideas.


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