Learn How to Use Ableton Live and Become a Better Producer

Transform your understanding of Ableton Live from bedroom producer to professional and spread your music - Start Now
10 reviews
  • Liad Ben-Shimon Music Instructor

    I have been producing music for over 6 years on various music production programs including Ableton Live, Reason and Garage Band. All the information I've learnt and applied to music has been done through trial and error from the internet on blogs, forums, youtube videos and asking professional producers.

    Music is a deep passion of mine and I hope to spread that passion with others that are interested in producing many genres from rock to dubstep.

    Finally I want to provide a comprehensive look at Electronic Music Production and allow students to understand that although it may be complicated to start producing music at first it is a very rewarding activity and can teach you a lot about life and working hard towards your goals!

  • Lifetime access to 35 lectures
  • 3+ hours of high quality content
  • A community of 600+ students learning together!

Learn How to Use Ableton Live and Become a Better Producer

Transform your understanding of Ableton Live from bedroom producer to professional and spread your music - Start Now
10 reviews


Discover courses made by experts from around the world.

Take your courses with you and learn anytime, anywhere.

Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.


With early support from the Laidback Luke Forum, the Essential Music Guide will teach students of both beginner and intermediate levels the necessary steps towards producing electronic music in Ableton Live. With this course you will be able to create professionally sounding electronic music from start to finish.

Easy to Follow!

Have you recently made the switch to Ableton Live? Or are you just starting out in the world of music production? The steps towards creating professional electronic music can be found all over the web but with the Essential Music Guide exclusively on Udemy you gain access to years of production knowledge using Ableton Live across various genres. Learn from professional producer/instructor Castilian with over 10,000 views on Soundcloud and over 6 years of music production experience!

Each Step of the Way!

The course is designed for students of both beginner and intermediate levels interested in learning music production without having to rely on the trial and error of doing it alone.

Carefully Organized Sections

The course is structured into 6 sections each targeting a specific area of music production to help students learn how to produce professionally sounding electronic music. The sections cover a wide range of general topics including...

  • General layout of Ableton
  • Keep the Beat Going Drum Production
  • Sound design with Massive and Sylenth1
  • Piano in Ableton Live
  • Audio Effect Tools
  • Layering
  • Session View
  • Mastering
  • Mixing

Providing an extensive overview on how to use various audio effects such as Compression, Limiting, Delay, Reverb, Stereo-Imaging, Side-Chain Compression and More! Learn premium sound design techniques on world renowned Plug-ins, Massive and Sylenth1. Learn Drum production techniques to create punchy sounding drums that cut through heavy sounds in your mix!

Practice Makes Perfect

Music Production often takes lots of time to learn and the Essential Music Guide is designed to guide students through the process of learning music production without having to work alone!

Exclusive Lessons on All major Plug-In's

The steps to learning music production are in your hands, don't hesitate give it a try and create music you can share with the world!

    • Ableton Live Demo or Full Version
    • Computer speakers or headphones
    • Sylenth1/Massive for Added Sound Design
    • Over 35 lectures and 3 hours of content!
    • By the end of this course you will know how to create a song from start to finish
    • Learn Premium Sound Design Techniques
    • Learn Specialized Audio Effects to Craft your Sound
    • Create Drums That Stand Out
    • Discover the Basics to Mixing and Mastering in Ableton Live
    • Beginner and Intermediate Students
    • Producers and Dj's
    • Electronic Music Enthusiasts


30 day money back guarantee
Lifetime access
Available on Desktop, iOs and Android
Certificate of completion


  • SECTION 1:
    Essentials to Music Production in Ableton
  • 1
    Ableton Live Layout

    A complete guide to the layout of Ableton Live.

  • 2
    Audio Preferences

    Students will learn the basics of how to adjust audio preferences in Ableton Live before starting to produce.

  • 3
    Keyboard Shortcuts

    Students will learn basic keyboard shortcuts that will help create music with more efficiency.

  • 4
    Difference Between 32 and 64 Bit

    Students will learn the benefits of running a 64 Bit version of Ableton Live.

  • 5
    A Lesson on Volume

    Students will learn the importance of volume early on.

  • 6
    Session View

    Session View provides a fun and interactive way to produce music live and on the go.

  • 7
    Introduction to Plug-ins

    Plug-ins are an essential part of sound design in Ableton Live

  • SECTION 2:
    Essentials Drums: Keep the Beat Going!
  • 8
    Foundations of Electronic Drum Production

    Introductory lesson to Drum Production.

  • 9
    Using Drum Racks in Ableton Live

    Drum racks are used in Ableton Live to create Drum loops and clips.

  • 10
    Making Fat Sounding Kicks

    Learn the steps towards creating cleaner sounding kicks in Ableton Live.

  • 11
    Kick Frequency

    It's important to understand how frequencies are distributed within any kick drum.

  • 12
    Making Punchy Snares That Stand Out

    Learn the steps to creating punchy sounding snares in Ableton Live.

  • 13
    Keeping Track of Samples

    Learn how to organize samples by groups and categories.

  • 14
    Drum Techniques: Bringing it Altogether!

    A complete tutorial on Drum Production from A to Z!

  • SECTION 3:
    Essential Sound Design
  • 15
    Massive Layout

    A descriptive outline on the layout of Native instruments Massive.

  • 16
    Massive: Synth and Plucks

    Synths are an important tool for creating melodies and chord progressions.

  • 17
    Massive: Bass Sounds

    Massive is perfect for creating punchy bass leads.

  • 18
    Sub Bass In Massive

    Creating Sub Bass is important for making bass leads stand out.

  • 19
    Layout of Sylenth1

    Understand the layout of Sylenth1 before creating sounds.

  • 20
    Learning Plucks in Sylenth1

    Understand the role of plucks and how to create them effectively.

  • 21
    White Noise and Crashes

    Learn the steps to using white noise to smooth out transitions.

  • SECTION 4:
    Layering and Melodies
  • 22
    Layering Synths for Fullness

    Layering helps you create thicker sounding instruments in Ableton Live.

  • 23
    Using Piano in Ableton

    Understanding Ableton's Piano is an important aspect to creating music in Ableton Live.

  • SECTION 5:
    Essential Audio: Getting The Right Sound
  • 24
    Adding Depth to a Melody With Reverb

    Learn how to use Ableton Live's Reverb tool to add depth to synths and pads.

  • 25
    Side Chaining and LFO Tool

    Learn the basics of Side Chaining using Ableton Live's Compressor tool.

  • 26
    Automation Techniques

    Learn the steps to using automation in Ableton Live to take control over parameters in your song.

  • 27
    How to Make Wider Sounds

    Learn how to use a stereo-imager to make sounds more wide and full.

  • 28
    Using an Equalizer to Maximize Sound

    Learn how to use Ableton's Equalizer to cut away or boost frequency

  • 29
    Saving CPU

    Start saving CPU power by learning how to use various techniques such as Freezing and Bouncing.

  • 30
    Steps Towards Using a Limiter

    Limiters are an important tool for creating louder sounds that don't distort.

  • 31
    Izotope Ozone Layout

    Izotope Ozone will allow you to adjust various audio effects and features.

  • SECTION 6:
    The Finish Line!
  • 32
    Mixing: Balancing Sound Levels Properly

    Learn how to Balance out sound levels and create more professional sounding music!

  • 33
    How to Stop Clipping

    Understand the basics of Clipping.

  • 34
    Foundations of Mastering

    Mastering is an important final step in any electronic music production.

  • 35
    Exporting and Enjoy!

    The end! Learn how to properly export a song and enjoy the music!


Hours of video content
Course Enrollments


  • 6
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 1


  • Sean Knight
    Cuts the fat and gets to the point!

    I'm a firm believer that anything taught is only as valuable and informative as the teacher. This course got straight to the point and taught me everything I needed to get started with Live 9 and then some. I've spent hours on Utube tutorials and videos in various electronic music magazines. None of them were as easy to follow as this course. None of them gave me the tools and the confidence to get started straight away like this course has. This course is pretty much made for me but I'd recommend it to anyone.

  • Philip Gamblin
    Decent for the price

    Being an intermediate user, I wasn't sure whether to bother but with discount, I decided I would. I actually learnt a few things I didn't know. But I'm glad I didn't spend $60 on it as the content isn't particularly in depth

  • Gregory Finch
    Not sure if its worth $60

    I personally had almost no prior Ableton knowledge when I enrolled in this course. I did enjoy it and thought it was helpful, but not worth $60. I had a discount code so I didn't pay full price, but I don't think there is enough content, and I don't think he's a good enough instructor, to merit spending $60 on this course. Its a great course and I learned a decent amount, but most of the videos are under 10 minutes, how much can he really teach you about making a good kick sound in a 5:11 video?

  • Stephen Andrichuk
    Poor Value

    I received this course for free, but If you are considering purchasing it, please check to see if it has received any updates since this review was posted. Usually when you sign up for a class, it's not only because of the content, but also so you can absorb the professors individual experiences. Unfortunately this course has poor content along with an instructor who has little technical merit. The quality of the videos range from unprepared rough drafts to stale commentary clearly being read out loud for the first time. This would have been excusable if the course had a direction and proper instructions, but instead this is a course that is poorly organized, full of generalizations, and extremely vague. I suggest Liad practices making free videos for Youtube until he improves his teaching. It's embarrassing seeing him charge $59 for each licence.

  • 30 day money back guarantee!
  • Lifetime Access. No Limits!
  • Mobile Accessibility
  • Certificate of Completion