Introduction to Ableton Live
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Introduction to Ableton Live

Learn how to get around in Ableton Live, or Ableton Live Lite, and navigate the interface. Learn all the basics quickly
4.1 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
16 students enrolled
Created by Sam Gill
Last updated 8/2015
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  • 44 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the basics of Ableton Live
  • Go from Scenes to Timeline view
  • Learn about MIDI
  • Learn how to optimize your workspace
  • Learn about the Solo function
  • Learn about the fold feature
  • Learn how to audition sounds in the piano roll editor
  • Feel more comfortable using Ableton Live
  • Learn tips and tricks from my 20+ years experience, and over 800 songs that I've written
  • This is a brief overview.
  • This course is a primer to my other courses.
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  • Desire to Learn Ableton Live
  • Copy of Ableton Live, or Ableton Live Lite

In this course for Ableton Live 9, and Ableton Live Lite 9, you will learn how to navigate and manage your workflow from a preset arrangement to the final steps of export. I will go over how to do the basics tasks, and walk you through the skills you need to know, to take your song/arrangement to the final steps.

This course is designed for beginners, however it is useful for any experience level. You will learn about organization, and I will share with you my tips from using Live, after producing over 300 songs with the program.

I make short lessons to follow along, so if you only have a little amount of time, you can take a lesson here and there. I make things to the point, quick and simple.

My goal is to help you learn in a easy and direct route, to cut your learning curve, and get you up and running with Ableton Live as efficiently as possible.

You will learn all the basics, all the main pieces. My lessons are what I teach, so if you miss something, it will be easy for you to find the lesson, and watch it again.

I want you to be comfortable with using Ableton, so I have spent the time to go over in this course, exactly what you need to know, and in the order that you need to go in, so that you can fix the song/arrangement incrementally.

I give you lots of tips and tricks, that are in almost every lesson, with all the experience that I have accumulated now ready for your consumption. Take advantage of my 20+ years of music industry experience, along with vast knowledge of sequencing, arranging, compositions, and my easy style of teaching.

I had a lot of fun making this course, and I hope that you enjoy it, as much as I enjoyed making it. Also please leave your feedback and comments, as I treasure that and greatly appreciate how this course was able to help improve your skills and abilities.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for beginners, though it also offers tips and tricks for higher levels of skill
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Curriculum For This Course
Beginning with the Basics
3 Lectures 05:13

In this lecture, you will learn about the course, and what to expect.

Preview 03:24

Getting started. Opening Ableton Live 9, and then opening a recent project.

Preview 00:35

It is important to name your project properly. After writing over 800 songs, and composing about 100+ songs a year in Ableton Live, I have found some great ways to name projects, and keep track songs. This helps you to find your work, and easily identify your tracks, and what you have done.

Preview 01:14
The two views of Ableton Live
3 Lectures 06:26

Going over the classic Timeline/Arrangement view.

Preview 01:36

Here I show you how to correlate the Tracks/Channels between to two views. This is how Ableton maximizes functionality. However, to use it efficiently, it is important to understand how the two parts interact, how they fit together.

Preview 01:45

Here you learn more details about the Scene/Session view. This is where all the clips are launched(played) from.

Preview 03:05

This is a small quiz for the starter section.

Start Quiz 1
3 questions
Exploring Channels.
6 Lectures 11:48

Learn to tell the difference between an Audio Track and a MIDI track.

MIDI or Audio Track - Part 1

Learn to tell the differences between an Audio Track and a MIDI track.

MIDI or Audio Track - Part 2

Here you are going to learn about the signal path of the channel. The place where you insert effects. I go over and explain about the differences between a MID and Audio Channel as well.

Overview of a Channel

One of the most important things to understand is the relationship of how all the parts in Ableton work. This interface is a split design. It is very helpful to know how to connect the pieces in the split design. This lesson will help you to understand and appreciate the design of Ableton.

Correlate Tracks to Channels

Learn about scenes, and what you can do with them in Ableton Live

Introduction to Scenes

Learn to work with effects, and adjust some volumes, parameters, and values.

Exploring Channel Effects

Here is the second quiz for this course.

Starter Quiz 2
6 questions
Exploring MIDI.
6 Lectures 09:18

Learn how to work with MIDI files.

Exploring MIDI Files

Learn how to make your life easier with the FOLD feature.

Introducing the FOLD feature

Learn about interfacing with MIDI gear. Learn the difference between onboard and outboard gear. Learn the basics of working with external MIDI interfaces, and modules.

Interfacing with MIDI Gear

Learn to work with MIDI clips and how to edit them.

Working With MIDI Clips

Learn techniques to capture your best take, and then use it.

Use Your Best Take

Learn about variations, and how to vary your clips.

How to Organize Clips with Variations

This is a quiz on the MIDI section of the course.

Starter Quiz 3
4 questions
Finalizing in Ableton Live
6 Lectures 11:14

Learn about recording external audio.

Recording External Audio.

Learn how to use solo like a real sound engineer. A real professional tool and secret.

Solo and Playing a Scene

Learn the process of converting your scenes into arrangements.

Transforming Scenes into Arrangements

Learn how to modify the arrangement of the classic timeline view.

Modifying the Arrangement on the Timeline

Look at some useful features on the timeline view.

Examining the Timeline View

Learn how to hide inputs and other information in Ableton Live. Also learn where to show it, when you are looking for it!

Hiding Inputs and Channel Information

The final quiz. I hoped you had as much fun with this course, as I had making and creating it.

Starter Quiz 4
6 questions
About the Instructor
Sam Gill
4.1 Average rating
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227 Students
13 Courses
Instructor, Sr. Consultant, Executive Director, Producer

I have been making music, since 1992. I have 3 labels, and 2 bands. I have programmed and written over 800 sequences, and when I have time, write about 80-100 songs a year. At one point I owned 19 keyboard synths, and 20+ synth rack modules. I used to record and arrange on a setup that consisted of a 24 channel Soundcraft, with 3 DA-88's and a Roland MC-50Mk2. I came to Logic and Apple in 2007, and picked up Ableton Live in 2009. I sold most of my hardware, and bought in to soft-synths, after I sampled my most used sounds, and was able to reliably use those. I continue to write to this day, and keep learning new techniques, and new ways to improve my music. Now that I have amassed such knowledge, I have found the joy of sharing what I know with others who can benefit from my years of experience.

Beside music, I have worked with electronics since 1990, and have built, repaired and fixed many things along the way. I got really sucked into electronics, when my synth passion ignited, and I found out that they need to be repaired frequently. I started repairing synths as early as 1998, learning about the ins and outs of the electronics that they were founded on.

I took an interest in programming keyboards, with my first programmable keyboard, which was a Kawai K11, which I bought in 1992. I did not know it then, but programming a keyboard, and programming a computer, are not very far off.

In 1994, I bought my one and only sequencer, a Roland MC50-Mk2, which I have to this day, and it writes in DD floppy drives. I have a collection of DD drives, since they are not easily found today. I composed over 800 sequences on that sequencer over a 10 year period. I learned how to arrange, and that arrangement method was directly transferrable to Ableton Live.

Since 1984 I also been an avid Photographer, and have invested in cameras, lenses, video equipment, and other sorts of gear, to not only share what I know, but how I think. Over time I have also developed a deeper spiritual sense, that has come to offer comfort, to those I hold dear, and has helped me to achieve peace within myself. I have published my photography works, and use my photography skills for a number of different uses. I also will have courses on photography and video techniques, to share, ones that I have learned over the years.

In 2007, I began to build up my contemplative skills, and began to think more about the world, and who I was. In 2011, I was forced to speed up this process, and went through a number of breakthroughs, and revelations. In 2013, and into 2014, I experienced spiritual awakening, in new and different ways, and had a lot of my beliefs turned upside down, or replaced, or expanded. As you may have guessed, I have now a lot to talk about on this issue, and I will be making courses for self-development, and personal development, along with helping you to understand some of the things that you may be going through, and how to cope or grow beyond them. Hope is always possible, in all situations, and a better outcome can always be pursued.

If you have a course that you would like me to teach, just send me a note, and I will add it to my list. I am always looking to help others, and mentor people, as I have the time. I hope that I have been able to help you, and grow your skills and talents, as you look for ways to express them.

I hope you enjoy watching and learning from these courses, as much as I enjoy teaching them. Be well, and take care my friend.