Ableton Live's Instrument Racks

Learn how to use the Ableton Live Instrument Racks powerful synthesis, leads, pads, bass, and even drums!
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  • Contents Video: 1 hour
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  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn't be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost.

This class is an excerpt of Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 - Synths & Samplers. The full course is available here on Udemy. But if you just want to test the waters of this class, then start here!

In the full class, Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 4 - Synths & Samplers, we cover tons of content, including all (all!) of the Ableton Live Instruments. Here is a summary of topics from that course:

  • Synthesis Basics
  • Types of Synthesis
  • Physical Modeling Synthesis
  • Elements of Synthesis
  • Live's Analog Instrument
  • Live's Collision Instrument
  • Live's Electric Instrument
  • Live's Impulse Instrument
  • Live's Tension Instrument
  • Live's Operator Instrument
  • Live's Simpler Instrument
  • Live's Sampler Instrument
  • Multisamples and Zones
  • Sampler Orchestras
  • Racks!!!!
  • Instrument Racks
  • Chain Selector
  • Macros in Racks
  • Drum Racks
  • Choke Settings
  • The External Instrument
  • ...and much more!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Ableton Live in a more comprehensive way that this.

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 currently as 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:

  • "I've had Live Lite for a while but never quite understood how to use it because of the different options in how to arrange audio. This course explains exactly how to do that and get the most out of Live."
  • "Great overview - I would start here for sure if you are just getting your feet wet with live. clear and to the point. session walkthroughs are great. looking forward to more"
  • "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?

    • Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trail version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.

    What am I going to get from this course?

    • Produce music using Ableton Live
    • Use the Instrument Racks feature to create unique synthesizers, samplers, and instruments
    • Create sounds from scratch using Ableton Live's Instrument Racks

    What is the target audience?

    • Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Live
    • Anyone interested in producing tracks, beats, synths, or any other music on their own
    • Students looking to understand the deeper levels of Ableton Live

    What you get with this course?

    Not for you? No problem.
    30 day money back guarantee.

    Forever yours.
    Lifetime access.

    Learn on the go.
    Desktop, iOS and Android.

    Get rewarded.
    Certificate of completion.

    Curriculum

    Section 1: Racks 101
    02:47

    Welcome! In this video I'll walk through what we are going to cover in this class, and how we are going to cover it.

    14:16

    And here they are! Welcome to the rabbit hole of Racks!

    Section 2: Designing Racks
    09:09

    Having multiple chains, and understanding how to use chains is perhaps the most powerful feature of Live's Rack interface. Lets look at it in detail here.

    08:50

    Once you have a nice big rack interface, you might find your screen is too cluttered to control in live performance. That is one of the key benefits of Macros.

    06:36

    In this video I'll open up a few of the presets that you already have on your computer, and walk through them. A quick little dissection of these presets will tell us a lot about how they work.

    Section 3: What Comes Next?
    01:25

    Thats it for this class! Please leave me comments, feedback, and check out some of my other classes!

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    There is so much more to learn!

    03:22

    A little know trick is to incorporate some MIDI effects into your synth chains. We talk a lot about this in the Ultimate Ableton Live 5 class, but here is a teaser to get you thinking about it. 

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    Instructor Biography

    Jason Allen, Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

    J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

    J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

    J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

    If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)

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