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About This Course

In this course, we will examine the essentials of Sound Design using Ableton Live and Propellerheads’ Reason software and focusing on principles of Sampling.

We will explore three fundamental topics:

  • Using samples for generating sounds, and the legal implications of sampling (And two pro tips for avoiding all the legal issues)
  • Using samples to generate new sounds through manipulation and synthesis
  • Using samplers to control drum sounds and sequence dynamic drum patterns.

This class uses the same system I’ve used for years in my college courses for teaching sound design: Identify and master the 4 main pieces of any synthesizer (or in this case, the sampler), and you will be flying when you first approach any other unit in the future.

This system keeps the technical jargon to a minimum and gets you making your own sounds quick.

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?

  • This course uses both Reason and Ableton Live, but is designed to work on any software (or hardware) platform. So no matter what software you are using, this class will guide you through how to use your samplers.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Design amazing sounds using any software
  • Work in Reason to understand sampling
  • Work in Ableton Live to understand sampling
  • Create any sound you can imagine using whatever software is at your disposal

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for anyone interested in making their own sounds to enhance their productions.
  • This course does not go into complex terminology about sampling, so it is ideal for students just starting out (or needing a refresher) in sampling and sound design.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned about sampling for sound design and production.

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Course Curriculum

2h 12m

Section 1 - Overview And Key Concepts
Welcome And Overview 00:00:00
Sound Design Using Sampling: Software 00:00:00
Sample Sources: Finding Free And Legal Samples 00:00:00
The 4 Elements To Any Sampler 00:00:00
Section 2 - The NN-19 Sampler
Interface Overview 00:00:00
Keyzones And Rootkeys 00:00:00
Creating Instruments With The NN-19 00:00:00
Preset Deconstruction No. 1 00:00:00
Section 3 - The NN-XT Sampler
Interface Overview 00:00:00
Keyzones And Velocity Zones 00:00:00
Modulation And Filter Control 00:00:00
Creating Instruments With The NN-XT 00:00:00
Preset Deconstruction No. 2 00:00:00
Section 4 - The Ableton Live Simpler
Interface 00:00:00
Making Drum Sounds 00:00:00
Designing Sounds In The Ableton Simpler 00:00:00
Preset Deconstruction No. 3 00:00:00
Section 5 - The Ableton Live Sampler
Interface And Walkthrough 00:00:00
Preset Deconstruction No. 4 00:00:00
Section 6 - Wrap-Up!
Parting Thoughts 00:00:00

Course Reviews


1 ratings
  1. Anonymous

    Samplers are not scary


    Enjoyed this quick introduction into how to use a sampler. I’ve never been comfortable using one, so this class broke down some barriers and I might incorporate sampling into my music now. Specifically I found it useful to compare a sampler to a synthesizer, so take the synthesizer course first.

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