How To Create Backing Tracks Using Ableton Live
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How To Create Backing Tracks Using Ableton Live

Guide to Building Amazing Backing Tracks For Your Live Concert
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Last updated 8/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create, setup up, and play along to live backing tracks for your live concert
  • Have a much bigger, tighter sounding live concert
  • Sync video/photo/lighting content along to their live concert
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  • Buy a copy of Ableton Live, an audio interface, and in ear monitors

As a full time touring/studio drummer, I have spent 10+ years drumming for artists from all over the world. I’ve also spent years mixing live bands on tour, and have learned the ins and outs of what makes a great live show. 

Almost all of the bands and musicians you look up to, play along with backing tracks. Whether it’s that extra synth part that you can’t play, or some extra percussion tracks to fill out the sound, most bands are playing along to tracks.

Many of the artists I’ve toured with, play along to backing tracks, and I’ve witnessed firsthand, how important they can be to crafting a great live show.

If you’re ready to take your music to the next level, this is course is for you. In this course I’m going to teach you, step by step, how to:

  • operate Ableton Live, the program that will run your tracks
  • set up click tracks, and cues to direct the band
  • sync logos and videos along to your tracks
  • sync a lighting show to your tracks
  • loop song sections on the fly
  • set up your backing tracks system on stage

I’m always active on the Q/A, and will always answer any questions you have on this course.


Who is the target audience?
  • Musicians, artists, bands, singers, rappers, band leaders, tour managers
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
2 Lectures 01:55

A quick introduction to your instructor, me!

Preview 00:54

  1. Laptop
  2. Ableton Live
  3. Backing Tracks From Your Producer
  4. Audio Interface
  5. In Ears
  6. Mixer
  7. Cables
Preview 01:01
7 Lectures 18:25

We take a quick look at Ableton Live, and explain the different versions.

Ableton Live

Quick overview of Audio interfaces, why you need one, and how they work.

Audio Interface

Why you need Balanced TRS Cables.

Balanced TRS Cables

Y Cable

In Ear Monitors

Not needed, but recommended


List Of Tools You Need
Basics Of Ableton Live
14 Lectures 01:09:07

We learn about the basic Functions Of Ableton Live

Introduction to Ableton Live

We learn about the audio preferences and interfaces in Ableton Live.

Audio Preferences

We learn about importing audio files and, syncing them up in Ableton Live. Also, we learn about the warp function.

Importing, Warping, Syncing

Learn about  how automation works, and set up tempo changes for multiple songs in one Ableton Live Session. Learn how to find the tempo of your song with

Adjusting Master Tempo

Learn how to create locators in Ableton Live, so they you can navigate your session easily.

Preview 07:49

Learn how to create custom key commands in Ableton Live, so you can assign song starts to different keys on the keyboard.

Creating Key Commands

Learn how to create cues to count in your band, and keep the band on the same page with reminders of important song sections.

Recording Cues

Learn How to change time signature in Ableton Live. In this lesson, I show you how to change from 4/4 to 6/8, and back to 4/4.

Time Signature Changes

Learn how to extended, or shorten song lengths, in Ableton Live.

Preview 03:10

Learn how to colour coordinate your tracks and clips in Ableton Live.

Color Coordinating

Learn how to freeze your tracks to save CPU, in Ableton Live.

Freezing Tracks

Learn how to properly move your files from one hard drive to another, using Collect All And Save

Collect All And Save

Learn How To Export your songs so you can practice along to them.


We learn about how to route our outputs to Front Of House, either in stereo, or sending multiple outputs separately.

Routing Outputs
Adding Visual Content To Your Set
2 Lectures 09:59

Learn how to set up photos and videos so that they play along with your songs. For use with concerts where you have access to a screen, to display logos or videos.

Video Content

Learn How to create lighting cues, so that your lighting setup follows along with your Ableton session. This lesson only applies if you own or have access to stage lighting.

Lighting Content
Tips & Tricks
4 Lectures 20:10

We open up a full Ableton live session, of a full band set, and I show you some of the important elements

Preview 04:18

This is an example of how to loop a certain song section, so and how to re-cue it back after you want to finish looping, on the fly!

Looping Song Sections On The Fly - Example A

This is a different example of how to loop a certain song section, and re-cue it back in on time.

Looping Song Sections On The Fly - Example B

Learn why certain songs will have different types of tracks, and how to set them all up in one section.

Different Track Layouts For Different Songs
1 Lecture 00:31

Thanks for taking this course, I hope you enjoyed it!

About the Instructor
Mark Schroor
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Professional Drummer & Record Producer

Hi, I'm Mark, and I get to live my dreams out every day. As a drummer for 14 years, and a Record Producer for 9 years, I've had the pleasure of working in the studio, and playing live with some very talented, award winning artists, from Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, etc...

Over the years, I've had to learn the "do's and do nots" of recording, producing, and drumming, the hard way... By first, learning the "do nots." My goal in teaching these courses is to allow you to skip learning the "what not to do" and jump right into doing things the right way, right away.

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