Ultimate Ableton Live 9 COMPLETE: Parts 1, 2, & 3
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Ultimate Ableton Live 9 COMPLETE: Parts 1, 2, & 3

Learning Ableton Live the right way: From the basics to the advanced, from Ableton Certified Trainer J. Anthony Allen.
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Produce music using Ableton Live
  • Use drum samples to edit, arrange, and create unique drum beats of your own.
  • Work inside Ableton Live for completing full tracks
  • Kickstart your productions with my tracks - full sessions included in this class!
  • Access to Ableton Live will be required. Using the trial version (free for 30 days) would be a great way to start.

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 version of the class contains all of parts 1, 2, and 3. 

This is a really deep class - tons of content, tricks, and tips. I'm giving you tons of complete sessions to play around with. One of them (the first one in part 3) is even a finished, published complete track of mine. We are going to be covering how to produce using Ableton Live, starting from working with clips and going all the way up to some advanced production techniques. Topics include:

  • 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
  • Looping
  • Locators
  • Key Mapping
  • Reversing Clips
  • Time Signatures Changes (session and arrangement)
  • Meter Changes (session and arrangement)
  • Adding harmony
  • Working with vocal samples
  • Creating beats
  • Working with one-shots
  • Slice to MIDI for beat production
  • Drum racks (!)
  • Consolidating
  • Recording/Writing Drum grooves
  • Layering Synths
  • Freezing & Flattening
  • Audio Effects
  • Automating Effects
  • Side-Chaining
  • Routing & Bussing
  • Resampling
  • ...and much more!

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.

Dr. Jason 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. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "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 through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory 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 means without giving what you don't want to know."
Who this course is for:
  • Students who want a comprehensive understanding of Ableton Live
  • Anyone interested in producing tracks, beats, synths, or any other music on their own
  • Students looking to understand the deeper levels of Ableton Live
Course content
Expand all 93 lectures 08:36:23
+ The Live Interface
5 lectures 26:48

An overview of what will be covered in this class, and how I'll be covering it. This is the first class in a super comprehensive series of classes. At the end of this class I'll give you the goods to get you moving into the second class.

Preview 02:33
Asking Questions

One of the first things that stumps a lot of people about Ableton Live is the two different views. It isn't as weird as you think! Let me help you wrap your head around it - starting here.

Preview 09:10

First, we will look at Arrangement view. If you have used any other audio program, this view will look a bit familiar.

Preview 08:03

Session View is where Ableton Live gets unique. You won't find this in any other program. Once you understand how it works, it is incredibly fun to use.

Preview 05:43
+ Navigating Live
7 lectures 29:08

Getting around Ableton Live can be confusing at first. Here we will talk about the main layout, what to look for, and how to find help.

Navigating Live: Overview

Info View is our first window we will look at. This window holds the secrets to Live - and tells you everything you need to know.

Info View: The Best Place To Start

Help View is a little browser built-in to Ableton. It has lessons, sessions (sets), and all kinds of useful stuff. Check it out!

Help View: The Second Place To Go

In this lesson we will look at production workflow in Live. This is something that can take a little getting used to, but once you get comfortable with it, you will moving through Live very quickly.

Navigation in Live

The main sequencer window in Arrangement view is, if you have used another audio program, a familiar timeline-based layout. It has a few things that are different, so in this lesson we will explore how it works in detail.

The Main Sequencer Window (Arrangement View)

The Session View is probably the most foreign element in Live to most people. In this lesson we will look at navigating it, and the biggest part of it, the Clip Slot Grid.

The Clip Slot Grid (Session View)

Clip View is the big rectangle at the bottom of the screen, and it contains a lot of info. The trick to Clip View is knowing that it can show you different things depending on what you are doing.

The Clip View Window
+ Recording in Live
7 lectures 50:13

A few tips and tricks when it comes to adding content to Ableton Live.

Adding Content: Overview

Getting around inside the Preferences window is key to making sure all of your settings are correct. In this lesson I'll show you how to set everything up.

The Preferences: Getting Setup Correctly

The Browser is how we can quickly navigate all our files without leaving Live. Like most things in Live, once you get comfortable with it, it can really speed up your workflow.

The Browser: Finding What You Need

There are a few tricks to the signal flow in Live - that is, the route audio goes once it enters the program.

Live's Signal Flow

Finally - Recording! Now that we are all setup, and know how audio is moving through Live, in this lesson we will do a little recording.

Recording Audio in Live

"Record to Arrange" is a way of recording Session view into Arrangement view. In this lesson, I'll show you!

"Record to Arrange" - Recording a Performance

In this lesson I'm going to walk through this whole Ableton Live Set that we've been looking at for the last few sessions. I'll explain everything I see, in hopes that you pickup on anything you missed, some vocabulary, and just to reinforce what you've learned so far.

Session Deconstruction
+ Editing in Live
6 lectures 46:12

In this lesson we will talk broadly about the basic editing features of Live.

Editing in Live: Overview

One of the most basic functions in Live is Looping clips. In this lesson we will look at how that works in the timeline (Arrangement View).

Timeline Functions & Looping

Quantizing is a way to "snap" our MIDI notes to a grid, to clean up our sloppy playing (and for other reasons). In this lesson, I'll show you how to do it!

MIDI Editing & Quantizing

Automation is how to program changes in any parameter over time. Want the volume to go up in a section? Thats automation. Want a filter to start opening after the drop? Thats automation.

Automation in Live

Possibly one of the most unique features in Live is the Groove Pool. In this video I'll show you what its for, and how to use it.

The Groove Pool

In this lesson I'm going to walk through another Ableton Live Set that we've been looking at for the last few sessions. I'll explain everything I see, in hopes that you pickup on anything you missed, some vocabulary, and just to reinforce what you've learned so far.

Session Deconstruction No. 2
+ Wrap Up!
1 lecture 01:39

We've only scratched the surface!

Wrap up: What now?
+ Part 2: Welcome & Overview
2 lectures 04:49

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

Preview 02:31

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

Preview 02:18
+ Audio Recording Fundamentals
10 lectures 01:10:56

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

Preview 00:28

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.

Hardware Needs

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

Hardware Setup

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.

Microphone Placement

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.

Monitor Modes

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

Tracking in Arrangement View

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.

Multi-tracking in Arrangement View

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.

Tracking & Multi-Tracking in Session View

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.

Overdubbing and "Punching In/Out"
+ MIDI Recording in Ableton Live
7 lectures 29:57

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.

MIDI Recording Fundamentals

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

Hardware Needs for MIDI

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.

Hardware Setup

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.

How MIDI Works

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

Recording MIDI in Arrangement View

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

Recording MIDI in 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.

Quantizing MIDI
+ Warping
5 lectures 36:37

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

Introduction to Warping

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

What is Warping?

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

Anchors and Commands

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.

Warp Modes

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.

Granulation Techniques
+ Wrap Up!
1 lecture 01:30

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

A Brief Wrap-Up