Ableton Live Skill Builder Course

Discover how to use every single feature of Ableton Live, while seeing an entire track get built from scratch!
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Instructed by Luke Ward Music / Production
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  • Lectures 55
  • Length 8 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course will show you how to use every single feature of Ableton Live in a clear, concise way, so that you can avoid technology overwhelm and focus on what you want to do - make your own amazing music!

If you want to use the world's most powerful Digital Audio Workstation to create music that has no limits, you'll love this course.

Not only will I walk you through how to use each feature, I'll also put it into context for you while you watch me produce a song from start to finish in this 52 part video course, so you can understand how each feature is used in the song creation process.

You will learn various approaches to songwriting, sound design and mixing your music in Live.

In addition to the 52 High Definition video lessons, the course also includes the completed Ableton Live project file, so you can download it, open it up, and see exactly how each component has been built.

The course is broken down into 8 modules, that walk you through each feature of Live as we build a track from the ground up, so by the end of this course you'll be able to create your own music using any features of Live that you want to use!

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have a desire to learn about how to use Ableton Live
  • Ideally, you will have a copy of Ableton Live already.
  • You will need an internet connection to view the content of this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use every single feature of Ableton Live, including its instruments.
  • Know a proven workflow for building a song from scratch, because we will be building a song together from start to finish in this course.
  • Understand how to mix your music in Ableton Live
  • Understand the core concepts behind sound design and synthesis
  • Understand what makes Ableton a superior workstation to many others, as we explore features unique to Ableton Live, such as drum racks, instrument racks, effect racks, session view, arrangement view, sends and return tracks and much more.

Who is the target audience?

  • If you're looking to improve your music production skills, or get a very solid, comprehensive understanding of how to use Ableton Live to create music, you'll love this course.
  • If you want to avoid confusion and technology overwhelm so that you can focus on creating amazing music, this course is for you.
  • If you want to make music with ease, by seeing a proven workflow to complete a song, this course is for you.
  • If you want to boost your sound design and mixing skills, this course is for you.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Getting Started With Live

What we'll cover this first tutorial:

1. The difference between 32 bit and 64 bit installation,

2. The differences between the various editions of Live.


Now let's take a quick look at how to sync up your midi devices, your audio settings and your buffer settings in Live.

As soon as we're done with this we can move on to the fun stuff - making music in Live!


Now that we've installed and configured Live, let's begin with an overview of the UI.

Transport Controls
The Snap Grid
The Browser
Midi Tracks Vs. Audio Tracks
Introduction To Session View
Adjusting Volume In Live
Section 2: Let's Start Making Music!
Manipulating Samples In IMPULSE
Recording In Session View
Editing Midi Clips In Session View
Audio Clips
Warping Audio Clips
The Concept Of ADSR Envelopes
Introduction To Simpler & Drum Racks
Working With Drum Racks
Midi Clips In Detail

One of the featured artists on BassGorilla is Haywyre, signed with MonsterCat Records. He is a classically trained musician.

Haywyre created a Midi Pack for BassGorilla users, which you can download below. The pack contains midi files, which you can drag and drop into Live's midi clip slots (in session view) or into midi tracks in arrangement view. Next, load an instrument, such as a piano, and press play.

After watching the tutorial on this page, you may want to experiment with some of these midi files to see if you can use them in interesting ways along with Live's midi effects to create new chords or arpeggiated melodies.

Groove And Swing

In session view, midi and audio clips have a launch box, which can be used to control the way clips behave when they are launched.

This box also contains follow actions, which are a very powerful feature of Live that we will look at soon after this video.


Follow Actions are one of the features that make Live really shine. We will see how to use this powerful feature in the video below.

Building Song Structure In Session View
Section 3: Working In Arrangement View
Recording From Session View To Arrangement View
Editing Song Structure In Arrangement View
Freeze, Flatten And Fades
Converting Audio To Midi

In this module we are focusing on working in the Arrangement View, but it is important to understand how automation can be used within clips when working in Session View.

We will also look at the re-enable automation button in Arrangement View in this tutorial.

Section 4: Mixing In Live
Group Tracks, Sends And Returns
Mixing - EQ
Mixing - Compression
Mixing - Reverb & Delay
Mixing In Action, Gain Staging & Utility
Mixing - Sidechain Compression
Section 5: Working With Live's Racks
Drum Racks In Detail
Instrument Racks In Detail
Rack Zones
Using Rack Zones In Our Project

The audio sample used in this tutorial comes from a sample pack that was created exclusively for BassGorilla community by SKOPE (Caliber Music, Adapted Records).

Section 6: Midi & Key Remote Mapping
Midi & Key Remote
Section 7: Saving & Exporting
Saving And Sharing Projects
Saving Default Settings For Devices, Tracks, Sets
Exporting Audio
Section 8: Instruments & Synthesis In Live

In this tutorial I will use Ableton's Spectrum to show you the range of frequencies in the sounds we explore.

Analog Overview Part 2
Lead Synth In Analog
Operator Overview Part 1
Operator Overview Part 2
Creating A Pluck In Operator
Sampler Overview Part 1
Sampler Overview Part 2
Creating A Pad In Sampler

In addition to Analog, Live features 3 other physical modelling synths, namely Collision, Electric and Tension.

Physical modelling synthesis is very complex and beyond the scope of this course on how to use Ableton Live, but I want to make you aware of these devices so that you can explore them further.

Thank you! & Track Playthrough

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Instructor Biography

Luke Ward, Electronic Music Production Instructor

Xenflex (Luke Ward) is the founder of BassGorilla (a music production teaching website) and has been producing music since 1996. He has had releases with Adapted Records, Hopskotch Records, Maxxed Music and his music has been featured on EDM, The Glitch Shop and Ni12. You may have heard Xenflex hosting the BassGorilla Podcast, where he interviews many of the best and brightest producers who share their revolutionary production techniques on the show.

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