Our Live DJ Apprentice workshop pairs you with a working, touring DJ who will mentor you in what it takes to succeed on stage. Learn Ableton Electronic Music Production and how to perform and launch your career in the music business as a Live DJ.
About the Workshop
Welcome to your new office: the stage!
The Recording Connection Live DJ with Ableton Live workshop teaches aspiring audio enthusiasts and music makers what it takes to be a Live DJ’s on the festival circuit—giving you the skills needed for creating, arranging and performing your sets.
Electronic Dance Music is the backbone of the live DJ and as a part of the Live DJ program, you will learn the principles of the genre in order to create amazing live experiences for many different live music audiences and settings.
The Recording Connection gives you the knowledge, experience, understanding and connections to create your own Live DJ presence. Equipped with these tools, you can be ready to follow your own path toward an intense and rewarding career!
In the Studio
As part of Recording Connection’s fully-immersive Live DJ program with Ableton Live, you’ll receive private in-person tutoring in a real recording studio or music production room plus remote tutoring from an established music creator.Students are expected to put in 10-40 hours per week, depending on their schedule.
The structured course curriculum includes 20 sections and covers all of the following:
With music producers, artists, A&R, music directors, promoters and venue owners.
Ableton Live Suite, Serato DJ.
Arranging, sampling, basic harmony/melody and composition.
Hardware and Equipment
DJ mixers, turntables, PA systems.
With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.
Some certificate programs may not be available in AZ and TN. Please consult our school catalogs for more information.
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…
Welcome to the Recording Connection’s Ableton Live 9 curriculum. The lessons contained within conform with the multitude of additions and improvements included in Ableton Live 9. This lesson details how to optimize your computer for audio work, connecting and configuring external devices with Ableton, and an overview of the Ableton Live 9 Interface.
Learn core concepts of Ableton Live including sets (.als)--Ableton’s term for a session, or song; projects—folders that may contain sets, as well as other files and folders; tracks--for audio clips and/or audio signal flow; and MIDI tracks--for MIDI Clips and/or MIDI signal flow. MIDI Tracks also double as instrument Tracks when a virtual instrument (such as a synthesizer) is placed on the Track.
This lesson looks at Live’s incredibly flexible mixer. You can change mixer & I/O settings for multiple Tracks simultaneously and drag audio from your desktop, or from any Finder/Explorer window, to the desired location in Session or Arrangement View.
What is MIDI? It stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Officially born in 1983, it is a protocol and does not contain audio. 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 editing and changing performances and sounds easy. Although it can be frustrating for new users at first, MIDI is your friend. Be patient with MIDI.
This lesson looks at Live’s browsers and file management capabilities. Live’sbBrowsers are not peripheral features, they are integral to a smooth workflow. The Browsers are where we find files, presets, devices, plug-ins, and more. File Management is to music production as an oil change is to a sports car. If you don’t do it, things stop working as they should.
Now that you know how to create, record, and manipulate audio and MIDI clips, you will likely want to start organizing them in session view. Learn why keeping similar instruments on the same track or two and naming your clips, tracks, & scenes are important elements in workflow.
This lesson looks at a few features that every Live user should know how to use. With any DAW, it is the integration of features that makes one a power user. This fact is even more true with Ableton Live, as developing a workflow that matches your process is what learning Live is really about.
Ableton Live 9 Suite includes 40 Audio Effect Devices. The effects can be broken down, roughly, into seven categories – though some effects may fit in more than one, and others are really un-categorizable. This lesson teaches you how to add the effect and modify it yourself, or hot-swap a preset – or you can expand the views in the browser and add the effect via a preset.
More than a necessary feature for completing projects, arrangement view has a lot to offer in many types of sound creation situations. This lesson covers the basic features employed by Live for playback and navigation in arrangement view.
In addition to the sample-based instruments, the Ableton Live Suite includes 5 synthesis instruments. If you do not own the Suite, each of the instruments is available from Ableton as an add-on. Vocoder is included in both packages. This lesson includes an in-depth discussion of operator, and an overview of analog, collision, electric, and tension as well as the Vocoder device.
Racks allow you to combine multiple devices – MIDI Effects, Audio Effects, Drums and Instruments – into single devices. This not only makes preset managing easier, but also allows for control and flexibility that is truly amazing. In this lesson we will review all 4 types of racks.
So you have completed the production process with your Ableton Live Project, and want to get it out to the world. What are the final steps? It begins with looking at finalizing our mix and arrangement using your lesson 13 .als file.
There are a multitude of ways to convert Audio clips to MIDI notes, allowing for extensive creative possibilities. We will discuss the various methods of doing so in detail. You will end up with a new MIDI Track containing the aforementioned audio clip, split up onto the keys.
This lesson concentrates of the frequency analyzer (the waveform embedded into EQ Eight’s display.) This displays the amplitude and frequency of the audio entering into EQ Eight. This is a visual display of the content you are working with, and is incredibly useful.
Max for Live is a visual programming environment that allows users to build instruments and effects for use within Ableton Live, and it comes bundled with Live 9 Suite. This lesson covers Basic Max for Live functionality within Ableton 9, the Max for Live devices that are included with the default install, some devices of note that any Max for Live (M4L) user should download, and where to browse thousands of M4L devices to choose what works for you.
Analog Kick is a freely available Max for Live Synthesizer specifically designed to allow users to create a multitude of different electronic kick drum sounds and other effects. You can find the Max for Live Device in .amxd format online, and you will need to download and install it for this Lesson.
Ableton Live 9 offers a multitude of options for using external MIDI instruments such as synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers. In this lesson, we discuss how to configure your MIDI Settings so that you may use external synthesizers, the various options you have for using External MIDI & Audio processing devices, and how to properly set your system up for their use.
Performing with Ableton Live can be as unique as you are. The first thing to ask yourself is: “What is it exactly that I want to do”? Are you trying to trigger backing tracks for your band? Are you making an Art Installation that needs looping audio material that evolves and changes over time? Are you looking to play rock-solid DJ sets that allow you to switch tempo and style with ease? Maybe you love the idea of improvising your performances using sets chock-full of fantastic loops and sounds that you can combine together in any way you wish? This…
The final exam for our Ableton Live course consists of a final written exam and a practical exam that is performed in under the supervision of your mentor. Your mentor will send a copy of your Q/A sheet to Recording Connection.
Push is a comprehensive instrument for laying down and tweaking tracks in the studio or at home – it can also be a versatile unit for performing live. Before we dive into the specifics of Push, know that Push requires absolutely no setup; Simply plug it in and Ableton will recognize and configure the device.
Symphonic Distribution discount code (for music distribution on all major platforms and marketing tools/services)
MXL Aspire Program signup link, providing student discount of up to 50% off on MXL microphones.
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The Recording Connection is the school for the 21st century. We put you in the music business, not in a classroom. We help you break in. We give you connections, skills, experience. You bring your work ethic and commitment to do your best and absorb all you can. We give you a starting point. And, we help you do learn what you need to do to impress the professionals and solidify your career as a real DJ. We do this by placing you for one-on-one training with a working professional who does exactly what you want to be doing for a living.
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Ordinary schools help you learn inside of over-crowded classrooms, charge you a considerable amount of money, and give you an antiquated theoretical education. We don't charge huge amounts of tuition to give you a theoretical classroom education; we teach train you in a real recording studio, pair you with a mentor, and teach you the industry standard. Classrooms don’t make hit records—studios do that. Studios do—This is why it’s so important to get into a real studio on the ground floor. With our apprenticeship (externship) program, you’re going to learn the tricks of the trade, make connections, and develop your skills.
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Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Apprenticeship (Externship) locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The apprenticeship (externship) mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”
With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the music industry.