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