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Course #1: Core Concepts
In this lesson you will become acquainted with Live’s Core Concepts. Familiarizing yourself with these core concepts will enable you to build a foundational knowledge of how Live works. ... Read more
Course #2: Audio Clips in Detail
In this lesson we are going to dig deeper into the Clip View, emphasizing features found in audio clips. All clips share parameters, though for audio clips you will see the Sample Box, and for MIDI clips you’ll see the Notes Box. This lesson focuses on audio clips, but you will also learn about core common features found in MIDI clips too. We’ll start with those common features which pertain to how clips loop, start,... Read more
Course #3: Recording and Editing MIDI
What is MIDI? It stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Officially born in 1983, it is a protocol that does not contain audio. Rather, it works by telling sound generating devices (synths, samplers, etc.) how to generate sounds. Highly flexible, MIDI does not take up a lot of space on your hard drive and makes changing and editing performances and sounds easy. Although is can be frustrating for new users at first, MIDI is your... Read more
Course #4: Live Mixer & Signal Flow
In this lesson we are going to take a deeper look at Live’s mixer and signal flow functions. ... Read more
Course #5: Completion 101
The purpose of this lesson is to provide you with a big-picture overview of the process of going from start to finish with a song. Future lessons and modules will explain in greater detail but after this lesson, you’ll know enough to start with a few clips in session view and then export your finished product from Arrangement View. ... Read more
Course #6: The Rhythm Section
In this lesson you will look at the different rhythms used in dance music production and focus on the various instruments used to create the drums and the bass (rhythm section). ... Read more
Course #7: Melody
Creating a memorable melody is the most important task in some forms of electronic music, and unnecessary in others. It all depends on what genre you are focusing on. There are a lot of Deep House songs where the hook of the song is not really a melody, but rather, the strange and interesting sounds. The same applies for Dubstep. Usually the melody hook of the song is the bass line. For this section, we... Read more
Course #8: Harmony
In this lesson you will learn the basics of harmonies and chords that can augment and accentuate your melodies. ... Read more
Course #9: Composition and Instrumentation
This lesson digs into instruments, sounds, and track composition, and also covers templates and mockups. ... Read more
Course #10: From Session to Arrangement
Once you’ve got a few beat, bass, and melodic ideas in your Session View, it’s time to start laying out a song. There are several ways you can move data from the Session View to the Arrangement View. ... Read more
Course #11: Finalizing Compositions
In this lesson you’ll be learning how to add those finishing touches onto your compositions. This is what it means to finalize your tracks. ... Read more
Course #12: Audio Processing
Welcome to Module 3: Sound Design. We are going to focus on sound design over the next six lessons. This lesson is an overview of Live’s Audio Effects, which are useful for all sorts of situations including and beyond the topic of this module. Many of the components that are built into audio processors are also found in synths and samplers, so understanding effects is a great foundation for the rest of the module. In... Read more
Course #13: Subtractive Synthesis
In this lesson you will learn the basics of subtractive synthesis and basic synth sound design. This will be an introduction to the various parts of synths, such as oscillators, filters, the amplifier, envelopes, and LFOs (which you covered a bit in Lesson One). A lot of what you learned in the previous lesson will help you understand what is happening here, and that continues into the next lessons in this module, so be sure... Read more
Course #14: Operator and AAS Instruments
In the previous lesson you learned about the basics of subtractive synthesis with Ableton’s Analog. This lesson covers Ableton’s remaining synthesis instruments, and includes a pretty in-depth discussion of Operator, plus an overview of Collision, Electric, and Tension. ... Read more
Course #15: Recording Audio for Sound Design
Up to this point, you’ve been covering sound design with synths and effects, which is great, but now let’s dive into one of Live’s original and main strengths: Recording Audio. In this lesson we will specifically cover recording audio in the Session View. This is one of the biggest features that sets Live apart from other DAWs on the market, and can be a real strength for how you produce with it. Mastering these features... Read more
Course #16: Sampling
In the last lesson, you learned how to record audio into the Session View, and use it in a general sampling way. This lesson will tackle actually sampling in Live, and all that includes. You will learn how to create your own drums and hits, work with loops in Live’s Simpler and Sampler instruments, dive deeper into resampling, and get started working with multi-samples. The ease with which you can drag and drop samples around... Read more
Course #17: Impulse and Drum Racks
This lesson is all about drums and percussion with Live’s Impulse and Drum Rack Instruments. They each have pros and cons, but both are awesome. ... Read more
Course #18: Sound and Hearing
In this lesson, we will take a look at the physics of sound. We will learn to understand how sound travels through air, how our ears receive sound, and how our brain interprets the sounds being received. Understanding the nature of sound and hearing will help us build a foundation for how we can manipulate audio and create an experience, balance, and blend with the instruments that we are mixing. The most important thing to... Read more
Course #19: Audio Recording 201
By this point you should be very comfortable working in Live – finding your way around, writing parts, creating sounds, and a lot more. Now we are going to get into a lot of the concepts and workflows required for professional results. This lesson is all about recording audio, specifically in Arrangement View, but it is also a solid introduction to audio engineering knowledge crucial to high-quality sonic outcomes. Most of this lesson is theory,... Read more
Course #20: Arrangement View Recording Workflows
This lesson is going to cover common recording workflows in the Arrangement View. The previous 2 lessons featured a lot of theory, important theory, but theory nonetheless. So this lesson is going to be all practical and concise, focusing only on Live’s features and workflows. ... Read more
Course #21: Editing 201
In this lesson we are going to focus on editing in the Arrangement View. In previous modules you learned about the basics, so now are going to dig a little deeper and emphasize faster and more efficient workflows. ... Read more
Course #22: Finishing Tracks
Finishing the arrangement of your tracks can be one of the toughest things to do, and can take a lot of time. Often, getting some good beat loop ideas down is not too difficult. It’s fun to hang out in the Session View and work on beat loops and bass lines. But unfortunately, that doesn’t make a song that people can listen to. They can’t just listen to loop ideas all day, they need structure... Read more
Course #23: Mix 101
In the last few lessons, you’ve been learning about everything you need to do to pull the song together. Now, let’s talk about one of the most important aspects: The mix. Many things you’ve been learning about have been building on points that you need for solidifying the mix of your song. Send and returns, effects, synths and sound design… These are all important aspects of the mix, and you will probably be working on... Read more
Course #24: Export and Faux Mastering
Now that you’ve finalized your mix and you’re ready to present your song to the world, there’s still one last step to go through before that can happen: mastering. Becoming a mastering engineer is hard work. It takes years of dedication to the craft, a studio that has all the right gear, and a fantastic listening environment. ... Read more
Course #25: Advanced Techniques
This lesson covers topics fundamental for any Ableton Live ninja. We’re going to use clips in ways we’ve yet to explore and dig into advanced audio routing. You are going to learn about features and techniques that can be applied in a variety of situations. ... Read more
Course #26: Max for Live
This lesson will only apply to owners of Live 9 Suite, or those who have purchased Max for Live as an add on to Standard. ... Read more
Course #27: Expert Tips & Intermediate Audio Effects
This lesson traverses a lot of terrain. We start with some essential “expert” tips and then move on to discussion of creative effects – four delay devices, Beat Repeat, and Vocoder. ... Read more
Course #28: Instrument and Effect Racks
In Module 3 Lesson 2, you learned the basics about Instrument Racks: how to group instrument and effect devices into racks, and how to assign Macro knobs to various parameters. In this lesson, we’re going to take things a step further, and learn how to really getting into the depths of Racks and all they have to offer. ... Read more
Course #29: Drum Racks
More than just sample players for drums, drums racks are very powerful shells that can combine many devices from Live. As well as drum samples, you can set up instruments and chains to make sounds. We’re going to show you how to really make the most of these complex devices. ... Read more
Course #30: Live with Live
So, you’ve made your music, you’ve got a gig, and you want to make it special in front of a live audience. This is an area where Live really excels leaps and bounds above all the other music software out there. After all, the name of the software is Live, right? This lesson will help you make the most of Live on stage, and give you some good pointers and starting points for different kinds... Read more
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