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 3: Producing & Editing

This is a really deep class – tons of content, tricks, and tips. I’m giving you SIX sessions to play around with. One of them (the first one) is even a finished, published complete track of mine. We are going to be covering how to produce using Ableton Live, starting from working with clips and going all the way up to some advanced production techniques.

Topics include:

  • Looping
  • Locators
  • Key Mapping
  • Reversing Clips
  • Time Signatures Changes (session and arrangement)
  • Meter Changes (session and arrangement)
  • Adding harmony
  • Working with vocal samples
  • Creating beats
  • Working with one-shots
  • Slice to MIDI for beat production
  • Drum racks (!)
  • Consolidating
  • Recording/Writing Drum grooves
  • Layering Synths
  • Freezing & Flattening
  • Audio Effectfects
  • Side-Chaining
  • Routing & Bussing
  • Resampling
  • …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.

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:

“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?

  • 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 3 – Recording & Warping 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 of your own.
  • Work inside Ableton Live for completing full tracks
  • Kickstart your productions with my tracks – full sessions included in this class!

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 the knowledge about music production and editing.

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 music production and editing.

Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction And Welcome
Introduction 00:00:00
Section 2 - Arrangement View Editing
Arrangement View Editing: Overview 00:00:00
Timeline Commands 00:00:00
Clips: Moving, Copying, Reversing 00:00:00
Time Signature Changes 00:00:00
Downloading And Uploading Sessions 00:00:00
SESSION: Here Is That Track I Was Working On! 00:00:00
Section 3 - Session View Editing
Session View Editing: Overview 00:00:00
Setting Up Loops 00:00:00
Editing Clips 00:00:00
Tempo Changes In Session View 00:00:00
Meter Changes In Session View 00:00:00
Adding Harmony And Basslines 00:00:00
Back To Arrangement Button 00:00:00
Recording To Arrangement View 00:00:00
SESSION: Here Is The SESSION I Was Working On For You To Download And Play With! 00:00:00
Section 4 - Beats
Beats! Overview 00:00:00
Working With Loops 00:00:00
Chopping Up Loops 00:00:00
Consolidating 00:00:00
Slice To New MIDI Track 00:00:00
Working With Drum Racks 00:00:00
Creating Your Own Drum Racks 00:00:00
Recording / Writing Drum Racks 00:00:00
SESSION: Another SESSION For You To Use For Experimenting! 00:00:00
Section 5 - Producing With Synths
Producing With Synths: Overview 00:00:00
Layering Synths 00:00:00
Freezing And Flattening 00:00:00
SESSION: Here Is That SESSION – Two This Time! 00:00:00
Section 6 - Working With Effects
Working With Effects: Overview 00:00:00
Basic Audio Effects 00:00:00
Automating Effects 00:00:00
Section 7 - Advanced Production Techniques
Advanced Production Techniques: Overview 00:00:00
Side-chaining 00:00:00
Routing And Bussing 00:00:00
Resampling 00:00:00
SESSION: Last One! 00:00:00
Section 8 - Wrap Up
Thanks And Wrap Up! 00:00:00
Part 4: Synths And Samplers 00:00:00

Course Reviews


8 ratings
  1. 5

    This is the 3rd out of 7 courses will be taking from him, and I must say, he’s been my favorite music “teacher” so far in terms of learning in online courses. Everything is in an easy to follow order, it builds upon previous stuff, and is taught at a pace that is not too fast or too slow. I’m excited for the synth course! I’m sure a lot of the concepts will carry over into other stuff such as massive or Ana 2

  2. 5

    This is a fantastic course! The instructor achieves the perfect balance of explaining everything thoroughly, repeating new vocabulary and shortcut commands in context to reinforce new concepts, without wasting the student’s time repeating things that are already understood. I will definitely go back to this to refresh certain concepts as needed. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

  3. 5

    Exceptional instructor.

  4. Exceptional Instructor


    I am eternally grateful for this instructor for being extremely thorough, yet concise. He makes sure that you not only understand the context and capabilities behind the overwhelming amount of buttons, but he also teaches you the most efficient way to take advantage of them. I have been trying to learn music production for years, but it was too intimidating as someone with only a basic knowledge of music. I’ve tried and quit other DAWs out of frustration from watching tutorials of varying difficulty because I didn’t know where to start. This instructor explains complex functions such that 6th grader can understand! I have a much more motivated and purposeful approach to using Ableton now.

  5. Great class!


    This class had a tremendous amount of useful information and great tips regarding producing and editing in Live. It made certain steps in the process much simpler to accomplish and easier to understand. Being able to download the Live files from the class to play around with was alone worth the price of admission.

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