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Ableton Live Course Curriculum

- A Recording Connection Audio School Program -

What do electronic music greats Zedd, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, M83 and Martin Garrix all have in common? They, along with countless others, use Ableton in a significant amount of their music production.

Course Structure

Homework is based on reading that correlates with the hands-on stuff you’re learning weekly, in practical, in-studio lessons. The sounds and tracks you create with the gear are reinforced by the curriculum and vice-versa. There will also be a weekly quiz.

Ableton Live 101

Ableton Live 101 - Module One

Lesson 1: Getting Started

Lesson 2: Core Concepts

Lesson 3: Audio Clips in Detail

Lesson 4: Recording & Editing MIDI

Lesson 5: Live Mixer & Signal Flow

Lesson 6: Completion 101

MIDI and Music

MIDI and Music - Module Two

Lesson 1: The Rhythm Section

Lesson 2: Melody

Lesson 3: Harmony

Lesson 4: Composition & Instrumentation

Lesson 5: From Session to Arrangement

Lesson 6: Finalizing Compositions

Sound Design

Sound Design - Module Three

Lesson 1: Audio Processing

Lesson 2: Subtractive Synthesis

Lesson 3: Operator and AAS Instruments

Lesson 4: Recording Audio for Sound Design

Lesson 5: Sampling

Lesson 6: Impulse and Drum Racks

Project Completion I

Projection Completion I - Module Four

Lesson 1: Sound & Hearing

Lesson 2: Audio Recording 201

Lesson 3: Arrangement View Recording Workflows

Lesson 4: Editing 201

Lesson 5: Finishing Tracks

Lesson 6: Mix 101

Lesson 7: Export & Faux Mastering

Ableton Skillz

Ableton Skillz - Module Five

Lesson 1: Advanced Techniques

Lesson 2: Max for Live

Lesson 3: Expert Tips and Intermediate Audio FX

Lesson 4: Instrument and Effect Racks

Lesson 5: Drum Racks, Slice and Convert

Lesson 6: Live with Live

Project Completion II

Project Completion II - Module Six

Lesson 1: EMP/EDM Arranging II – Part I

Lesson 2: EMP/EDM Arranging II – Part II

Lesson 3: Advanced Vocals

Lesson 4: Mix 201

Lesson 5: Mix 202

Lesson 6: Mastering 201


Module One Ableton Live 101


Module Two MIDI and Music


Module Three Sound Design


Module Four Project Completion I


Module Five Ableton Skillz


Module Six Project Completion II

About our Ableton Live Course Curriculum

If you aspire to be an electronic musician or club DJ, Ableton Live is a must. Unlike other digital music production software, Ableton is specifically designed to meet the needs of electronic musicians, combining the best of in-the-box virtual instruments with powerful arranging capabilities and dynamic live-play features. When combined with a controller, Ableton could easily be the only instrument you need to create, record and perform your mixes.

Like other digital audio workstations, Ableton Live can work as a basic virtual music production studio, allowing you to record, mix and master your tracks on the timeline, with industry-standard audio and MIDI processing at your fingertips. But the true power of this software comes in the form of a massive sound and loop library combined with real-time mixing, editing and beatmatching capabilities. Depending on which edition you’re working with, you can have up to 4000 on-board loops, 390 drum kits, five synthesizers, three samplers and more than two dozen packs of other preset sounds at your disposal, giving you virtually everything you need to create a world-class mix.

But Ableton’s secret weapon is its “Session View” window, a dynamic workspace which enables you to add, remove, start, and stop all the loops in your mix “on the fly” while your song remains perfectly in sync. Perfect for live performance and improvisation, it’s a DJ’s dream!

If you dream of being the next great name in EDM, techno or house music, the Recording Connection can place you with a producer skilled in electronic music who can teach you one-on-one as you learn to leverage the true power of Ableton Live, both in the studio and in your home rig.

Who uses Ableton?

  • Bassnectar
  • Deadmau5
  • Krewella
  • Skrillex
  • Daft Punk
  • Paul Van Dyk
  • Hot Chip
  • Imogen Heap
  • Mogwai
  • The Crystal Method
  • M83
  • Flying Lotus
  • Dirty Vegas
  • Four Tet
  • Armin van Buuren
  • Andy Hunter