Producing Drums with Ableton Live and Drum Rack

A comprehensive overview of how to use Drum Rack and how to produce better sounding drum kits in Live.
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (416 ratings)
13,212 students
1hr 8min of on-demand video
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Create custom drum racks in Ableton Live.
Sequence drum patterns.
Produce professional sounding drums.


  • Installed copy of Ableton Live standard or suite.


This is a comprehensive overview of Ableton Live's Drum Rack taught by Ableton Certified Trainer, Alec Ness (su na). This course will cover all aspects of the Drum Rack and how to use it's features.

We begin by walking through all the different sections of the device and discussing how it works with the interface of Ableton Live. We then cover "clips" and how the program handles MIDI data. Through the primary lectures in the course we discuss the Simpler device and how to add your own drum samples to your projects. We'll cover sequencing drum parts with those samples, then automating effects and parameters to make them unique. Finally we finish the course with layering and mixing your sounds together in order to end up with a clean, well-mixed drum sequence.

The course includes about 2 hours of video content, and will take an estimated 3 hours in consideration of following along and creating your own drum sounds.

The content covered is applicable for any genre, and can especially be useful for:

  • making beats
  • hip hop
  • house
  • trap
  • future beats
  • other types of electronic music

After taking this couse, students can expect to understand how to use drum rack in their own productions and understand the basic concepts of mixing drums.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for those who have a basic understanding of Ableton Live and want to improve on their drum production.


Mastering Engineer
Alec Ness
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 416 Reviews
  • 13,212 Students
  • 1 Course

Alec Ness is a mastering engineer from Minneapolis, MN.

He’s mastered music for artists such as Bas, Com Truise, Dua Saleh, Jenny Lewis, Tay Iwar and more.

Ness has also held the title of Ableton Certified Trainer since 2013. He’s created educational content for companies like Ableton, Native Instruments and Splice.

He presently works at Rare Form Mastering.

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