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Ableton Live Electronic Music Program
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Program: Recording Connection for Ableton Electronic Music Production

Audio Education Upgraded
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Amplify your life! Get inside access to the music business, extern under a professional audio engineer inside of their recording studio. Gain insider knowledge and connections during real sessions. Work hard and turn your dreams into reality.

Featuring Hands-On Ableton Live or Logic Pro Training with Private Instruction from noted EDM producers and DJs.


Curriculum Overview

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 #1: Core Concepts

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 #2: Audio Clips in Detail

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 #3: Recording and Editing MIDI

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 #4: Live Mixer & Signal Flow

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 #5: Completion 101

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 #6: The Rhythm Section

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 #7: Melody

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 #8: Harmony

Course #9: Composition and Instrumentation

This lesson digs into instruments, sounds, and track composition, and also covers templates and mockups. ... Read more

Course #9: Composition and Instrumentation

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 #10: From Session to Arrangement

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 #11: Finalizing Compositions

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 #12: Audio Processing

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 #13: Subtractive Synthesis

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 #14: Operator and AAS Instruments

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 #15: Recording Audio for Sound Design

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 #16: Sampling

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 #17: Impulse and Drum Racks

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 #18: Sound and Hearing

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 #19: Audio Recording 201

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 #20: Arrangement View Recording Workflows

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 #21: Editing 201

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 #22: Finishing Tracks

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 #23: Mix 101

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 #24: Export and Faux Mastering

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 #25: Advanced Techniques

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 #26: Max for Live

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 #27: Expert Tips & Intermediate Audio Effects

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 #28: Instrument and Effect Racks

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 #29: Drum Racks

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

Course #30: Live with Live
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All Students Have Access To:

1-on-1 learning in a real recording studio.

Other schools do classrooms and campus studio labs, with us, your classroom is a real studio in the real world.

All of our curriculum, labs, etc. are taught by a working industry professional.

You will only learn from an industry veteran who owns or operates his or her own real-world recording studio. Other schools employ full-time teachers who may or may not have achieved success in the real world. Our mentors are not only artists in their craft but working, successful business pros. Imagine what you can learn from them!

Sit in on real-life sessions.

Many of our students have been offered the opportunity to work on real-world sessions while they are students with us!! Our students have worked with Beyoncé, Kanye West, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, Solange, Khalid, Lady Antebellum, Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few while being taught by legendary producers Joe Chicarelli, Al Schmitt, Detail, Ross Hogarth, Ryan Hewitt, F. Reid Shippen and countless others.

Low Costs.

Recording Connection takes a unique approach to learning music production and pride ourselves on having a very modern approach to cost. Put plainly—we hate student debt just as much as you do. Throughout our 30 years in the business, we have made it a primary focus to keep our tuition affordable. Very affordable. While we believe we could price our education at three times what it actually costs, we have made it our mission to keep costs low. When you graduate with us, you will not be buried by burdensome amounts of debt.

Tutoring.

In addition to the industry pro who will be your mentor, tutoring is available to you for the entire time you are enrolled with us. Need help with your homework? Can't figure out Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic or more? Want to learn how to make more beats? Have a question you forgot to ask your mentor? Want career advice? Want us to help you build a song? Create a resume? Our tutors and Academic Facilitators are here for you!

Real Career Services.

Our fully staffed Career Services Department exists for one reason—to help our students and graduates get hired. From helping you create an awesome resume, to handling and scheduling your job interview, to finding job opportunities in your area, we’ve got your back.

Additional Studio Time.

The more you give to our programs the more you get. Want more time in the studio to study, practice or observe? Simply prove your passion and dedication to your mentor and you will find there is virtually no limit to studio access.

Lab Time.

Personal, hands-on lab time is built into our program. You’ll never find yourself fighting over gear availability with dozens of other students. And speaking of gear, because you will be learning in a real-world recording studio you will be learning on the latest gear.

Real World Experience.

The only way to learn how things work in the real world is to learn in the real world. Since our program places you inside a real-world recording studio on the very first day, you’ll learn all the essentials: studio etiquette, client relations, shortcuts, how to meet a deadline, the art of running a recording studio and so much more. This gives you a tremendous advantage over other schools’ students who never got off the campus and who often graduate underprepared.

Connections.

You’ve probably heard the expression “It’s who you know.” In the music industry this is definitely true. With The Recording Connection you have access to industry connections on a daily basis. As your progress with our program and start sitting in on recording sessions, you’ll meet your mentor’s connections—artists, producers, mixers, managers, gear reps and many more. It’s networking from the inside.

Our Network.

Once you are in with us, YOU ARE IN! The Recording Connection deals with hundreds of recording studios, audio engineers, music producers, mixers, record labels and studio owners on a daily basis. As long as you are a student or graduate of our programs, in good standing, our access is your access.

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