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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 Audio Recording 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 a segment of Ultimate Ableton Live, Part 2: Recording and Warping.
In this segment I'll be focusing on how to record on a budget, on a laptop. This class will be taught using Ableton Live, but if you use another piece of software as your main tool (Pro Tools, GarageBand, Cubase, etc.) you will be just fine. The concepts here are universal, and can be applied to any audio software.
If you like this course, please consider signing up for some of my other Ultimate Ableton Live courses! And of course, once you sign up for Part 1 - The Interface and The Basics, 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.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
This class will use Ableton Live, but the concepts can be applied to any DAW. (Whats a DAW? - read this lesson.)
|Section 2: Hardware Needs|
Hardware that we need, and some buying advice for selecting the right gear on a budget.
Now that we know the basic hardware, in this section we will look at how to hook it up.
One of the most important elements in the studio is the Microphone. Again, I'll talk about buying advice, and the different kinds of Mics to consider.
|Section 3: Setting Up Your Mics and Monitoring|
Tips for microphone placement, and some inexpensive tricks for getting the best sounds.
Feedback is painful to your ears, and dangerous to your speakers. In this section I'll explain what it is and how to avoid it.
Monitor Modes work differently for different software. In this section I'll walk through how to set it up in Ableton Live. The software might be different than yours, but the same concept will work in all DAW software.
|Section 4: Tracking|
There is one thing Ableton does different than most DAWs, and it is worth explaining here.
Tracking in Arrangement View
Multi-tracking in Arrangement View
Tracking & Multi-tracking in Session View
|Section 5: Wrap Up|
Overdubbing & Punching In/Out
|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.
Don't have Live? There are some cheap and free software alternatives. Audacity is a fantastic program for recording on a budget. This bonus video is an excerpt from my Audacity class, but it gives a nice overview of what you can do with the software.
There is so much more to learn!
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.)