Ultimate Ableton Live Part 4: Synths And Samplers

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This course is designed for those interested to learn about Synths and Samplers using Ableton Live.

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About This CourseBeginner

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 4: Synths & Samplers

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:

  • Synthesis Basics
  • Types of Synthesis
  • Physical Modeling Synthesis
  • Elements of Synthesis
  • Live’s Analog Instrument
  • Live’s Collision Instrument
  • Live’s Electric Instrument
  • Live’s Impulse Instrument
  • Live’s Tension Instrument
  • Live’s Operator Instrument
  • Live’s Simpler Instrument
  • Live’s Sampler Instrument
  • Multisamples and Zones
  • Sampler Orchestras
  • Racks!!!!
  • Instrument Racks
  • Chain Selector
  • Macros in Racks
  • Drum Racks
  • Choke Settings
  • The External Instrument
  • …and much more!

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.

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

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 through 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?

  • 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.
  • 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?

  • Produce music using Ableton Live
  • Use drum samples to edit, arrange, and create unique drum beats on your own.
  • Work with Ableton’s powerful Racks interface
  • Create sounds from scratching using all of the Ableton Live Instruments

Who is the target audience?

  • 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

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned about Synths and Samplers using Ableton Live.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections


The Live Instruments

A Quick MIDI Refresher

MIDI Clips

Important Key Commands

Synthesis Basics

Synthesis Types

Synthesis Elements

Live’s Analog Synth

The Basic Outline Of Analog

Programming Analog

LFO And Other Parameters

DOWNLOAD: The Analog Patch I Built In This Section

All The Ableton Live Instruments

Live’s Collision Instrument

Programming Collision

DOWNLOAD: Collision Patch From The Previous Lesson

Live’s Electric Instrument

Electric Basic Outline

Electric Preset Study

Live’s Impulse Instrument

Building Grooves With Impulse

Live’s Tension Instrument

Tension Preset Study

Live’s Operator Instrument

Programming Live’s Operator

The Simpler And The Sampler

Using Simpler

Using Sampler

Multisamples And Zones

An Orchestra Library Example

What’s New?

Live 9.5 Simpler – Classic Mode

Live 9.5 Simpler – 1-shot Mode

Live 9.5 Simpler – Slice Mode

Instrument Racks

Chains And The Chain Selector


Some Rack Presets

Drum Racks (A Little Review)

The Choke Setting

Sends And Returns In Drum Racks

The External Instrument

Parting Thoughts


3 student reviews
  1. Michael Haber says:

    Another Great Set of Lessons!
    Love the in depth overview of this section as well! So much information in every single class, no stone left unturned!!

  2. Michael Haber says:

    Another Great Set of Lessons!
    Love the in depth overview of this sextion as well! So much information in every single class, no stone left unturned!!

  3. Justin says:

    Great intro to Ableton Live
    enjoyed this course. Was easy to follow and the instructor was clear and logical connected all the parts of this course. Even though I have been using Ableton Live 9 for some time I learned a few things and was reminded of lots of things. Recommend :-)