Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 2 - Recording & Warping

Learning Ableton Live the right way: From the basics to the advanced, from Ableton Certified Trainer J. Anthony Allen.
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 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 is Part 2: Recording and Warping

In this class we cover everything when it comes to recording in Ableton Live - including Recording techniques in general.

  • Recording Hardware Needs
  • Recording Hardware Setup
  • Microphone Types and Options
  • Microhpone Purchasing Tips
  • Microphone Placement
  • Audio Interface Needs
  • Audio Interface Purchasing Tips
  • Single and Multitrack Recording
  • MIDI Hardware Needs
  • MIDI Hardware Purchasing Tips
  • MIDI Setup
  • MIDI Recording
  • ...and much more!

I will be making 6 (six!) complete classes in order to bring you the most comprehensive manual on Ableton Live production techniques ever created. Each class has Sets, sessions, and experiments for you to try on your own and follow along with.

And of course, once you sign up any part, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts (the next 5!) of this class.

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

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:

  • "Dr Allen does it again with his music theory for electronic musicians series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."

  • "The Best Teacher ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all mean without giving what you don't want to know."
  • "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?

  • Taking Ultimate Ableton Live: Part 1 - The Interface & The Basics is a great place to start, but not required to get the most out of this course.
  • 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?

  • Record audio using the best techniques for the home studio
  • Record MIDI using a keyboard input, controller, or manually inputting notes.
  • Understand and setup tracks for Warping using Live's powerful Warping engine

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Live
  • Anyone working in a home studio that incorporates Ableton Live, and wants to improve their recording knowledge.
  • Anyone interested in production, who wants to program beats, synths, and basslines using MIDI.

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome & Overview

Welcome to the class! A few notes about what we will cover in this class.


A few notes about getting started, what to expect, and how to get the most out of this course.

Section 2: Audio Recording Fundamentals

An overview of what we will be covering in this section. Don't worry - it won't be all that technical!


We typically think of two things that we need to record: A computer, and a microphone. But there is one other piece of the puzzle that is essential.


Now that we know what our hardware looks like, in this section we will walk through how to set it all up.


What to look for in a microphone, the different kinds of microphones, and my personal recommendations.


Microphone placement techniques could be a whole other class, but in this video I'll give you a few tips to get a clean sound and avoid some common issues.


Back to Ableton Live! A brief explanation of Monitor Modes - very, very important for home-studio situations in which feedback could be a big (and dangerous) problem.


We will start recording into Arrangement View, using a single microphone (but multiple tracks).


Now that we can cleanly record a single microphone in Arrangement View, in this section we will look at recording multiple microphones at once - a situation you would need to record a band.


Now lets look at tracking in Session View. It is mostly the same, but has a few things that work different that you need to know about.


Overdubbing is a way of re-recording something for a second take. Punching In is a much smoother way to do that, and in Ableton Live, we have a few smooth tricks for getting the "punch" exactly right.

Section 3: MIDI Recording in Ableton Live

In this video we will talk about what will be covered in this section, and make sure we are all up to speed on some terms.


The hardware you need to do MIDI recording can be simple and inexpensive if you know what to look for.


Once we've selected our MIDI controller (keyboard or something else), we need to tell Ableton Live a few things about it to get it setup correctly.


In order to make sense of MIDI in Ableton Live, we need to understand a little more background about MIDI. In this video we will walk through what MIDI is, and what an "Instrument" is.


Now we can get down to business! In this video we will walk through setting up a track and recording into Arrangement View.


Now that we've conquered Session View for MIDI recording, we will now look over at Session View.


One of the biggest advantages that working with MIDI has is our ability to Quantize. In this section I'll explain what that means, and do a few demonstrations.

Section 4: Warping

Warping is a powerful element in Ableton Live. In this introduction I'll explain some key concepts about it.


What Warping is, What it is not, and how to take advantage of it.


In this section we get into the real details of warping: Setting Warp Markers, and helping Live to understand the clip.


We can help Live to understand our clip a little more by adjusting the Warp Modes. In this video we will walk through the different Warp Modes and look at what they are best used for.


Sometimes we might want to warp a clip "incorrectly" for musical purposes. This tends to result in granulation artifacts, which can make some interesting sounds if you use them well.

Section 5: Wrap Up!

A few parting thoughts, where to go from here, and things to explore.


The next class is coming soon!

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Part 3: Producing & Editing is live! Here is the info on getting in!

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You've come this far... maybe you are willing to go a little further...

Section 6: Bonus Videos

When it comes to microphones, you need the right tool for the job. In this video I'll show you a case for when a nicer dynamic mic is not the right choice.


Someone asked: Can I record two tracks at once in session view? YES! This is how.


I've received a lot of questions about just navigating the time line (Arrangement view). This video is an excerpt from the next class (Ultimate Ableton Live 3) in which we cover Timeline commands, and some navigation tricks. 


There is so much more to learn!

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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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