Making Beats! 3 Producers Share Their Best Tips & Strategies
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Using Ableton Live to make unique and stylistic beats in any genre or style
4.1 (38 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.
272 students enrolled
Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
  • Make beats in a variety of styles and genres
  • Use advanced production techniques in Ableton Live
  • Define your own style by learning from the best producers
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  • Having a basic understanding of Ableton Live would be helpful, but is not required. All the techniques in this class can be reproduced in any DAW program, but Ableton Live will be used in the class.

Welcome to Making Beats - 3 Producers Share Their Best Secrets!

This class is unlike any class I've done before: It is a fully collaborative class. That means you are not just going to be hearing about how I make beats, and my production tips and secrets. You will hear those, but you will also hear from two other well-known producers to show you some of their tricks as well. This is an art, and the best way to develop your own style is to hear the perspectives of several teachers - not just one.

For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Ableton - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Drum Racks
  • Recording Drum Racks
  • Making Your Own Drum Racks
  • Monitoring the Kick in Alternative Channels
  • Working on the Triplet Grid for Better Grooves
  • Playing Beats with Controllers
  • Setting up Controllers
  • MIDI Mapping
  • The Push Interface
  • Effect Racks
  • Building Audio Effect Racks
  • The Operator Synthesizer
  • Creating Ghost Notes
  • Velocity Adjustment Tricks
  • The Groove Pool
  • Quantizing Tricks
  • Effect Automation
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Making Beats - 3 Producers Share Their Best Secrets, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Beat Making in a more comprehensive way than 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 is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone interested in making beats for any style including hip-hop, techno, trance, dubstep, dub, and many, many more
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
Welcome & Overview
3 Lectures 14:35

Welcome to the Class! In this intro, I'll walk you through the basic idea of this class, and show you some excerpts. Enjoy!

Preview 04:46

This class has 3 teachers (sort of 4) showing you 3 different perspectives on making beats. 

Preview 06:01

Here they are - your introduction to our three teachers.

Introducing Our Teachers
Making Drums with Bjelo
12 Lectures 01:06:04

Our first instructor is Nick Bjelopetrovich, who goes by Bjelo and InSOUL. 

Overview of Bjelo

Ok, a little rewind here. Lets review Drum Racks, because we are really, REALLY going to need them for the rest of this class. 

Preview 05:55

Lets make our own!

Making your own Drum Racks

Once we have a cool pattern in our drum rack, we can capture it to arrangement view. 

Recording Drum Racks

Bjelo is going to show us the cool trick he does to separate the kick from the rest of the drum rack. This is how it works in some detail.

Monitoring the Kick on a Separate Track

Another Bjelo trick is switching to the triplet grid.

The Triplet Grid

Working with Controllers for Production

Lets review the settings to connect controllers to your computer really quick to make sure you are all setup correctly.

Connecting Controllers in Ableton Live

Once we have some controllers setup, you might want to do a little MIDI Mapping to customize your workflow. 

MIDI Mapping

The Push Interface

Ok - lets dive in to Bjelo's first video!

Back to Bjelo - Are We Ready?

Bjelo Video 1: Making Beats
Effects and Synthesis with Bjelo
7 Lectures 51:39

First, we need to learn a little bit about Effect Racks.

Preview 03:07

Next, lets learn to set one up on our own.

Setting up Audio Effect Racks

The Operator is one of the most powerful synthesizers in Ableton Live. Bjelo is going to use one in his beat, so lets learn how this works.

Operator (In Ableton Live)

Now that we know the basics of Operator, lets look around at some sounds in it.

Exploring Operator

By adjusting the velocity of some specific notes, we can great cool effects.

Velocity Tricks and Ghost Notes

Ok - ready to pickup where we left off with Bjelo? 

Bjelo's Effect Tricks

Part of Bjelo's walkthrough. In this segment he adds some synths and effects to fatten up his beat. 

Bjelo Video 2 - Effects and Synthesis
Grooves with Bjelo
2 Lectures 06:29

First, let me show you how the Groove Pool in Ableton Live works.

Preview 05:07

Here we go - Video 3 from Bjelo!

Bjelo Video 3 - Grooves
Completed Track with Bjelo
3 Lectures 11:21

Before we dive in, a few works about what is coming in this track.

A few words first...

Lets look at automation and effects - we are going to see a lot of it in the next video, so lets be sure we know how to do it.

Automation and Effects

Here we go - a full track from Bjelo.

Bjelo Video 4 - Completed Track
Making Drums with CORA
6 Lectures 25:43

Ok! Up next I have a batch of video lessons to get us ready for the CORA videos. Here we go!

Introduction to CORA

This one might seem obvious, but I wanted to point it out because we will see CORA using it. 

Taking advantage of the Metronome

Quantizing is an important element if you are going to be playing your beats in (using drum pads or keyboards, or something like that). 

Quantizing Overview

In addition to quantizing, CORA likes to use a trick found in the quantization settings. Super cool trick.

Quantizing Tricks

Here we go - lets dive in!

Introducing CORA

First video from CORA - you should be all set to use everything in this lecture now!

CORA Video 1: Making Drums
Bass Lines and Grooves with CORA
1 Lecture 04:55

Lets jump right into the next CORA video - Bass Lines and Grooves.

CORA Video 2: Adding Basslines and Grooves
Keys with CORA
1 Lecture 06:32

In this video we will see how CORA comes up with keyboard material to add harmony to his beats.

CORA - Video 3 - Keys and Harmony
Arrangements and Effects with CORA
2 Lectures 16:52

Because we are going to see a lot of automation in the next video, I wanted to give you a quick brush up on it. 

Automation and Effects Review

Now lets jump back over to CORA and see how he uses effects in the arrangement for his beat.

CORA - Video 4 - Arrangements and Effects
Melody, Compression, and Fine Tuning with CORA
1 Lecture 07:21

The finishing touches!

CORA - Video 5 - Melody, Compression, and Fine Tuning
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
4.6 Average rating
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39,057 Students
65 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)