Produce a Retro Disco Boogie Record using Ableton Live Music

This course is designed to give Ableton beginners and upwards the skills and knowledge on how to create Disco Music
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

This course gives you the insight and knowledge on how to produce a retro sounding Disco Boogie record inspired by the early 1980's producers such as D-Train, Shep Pettibone and record labels such as Sam Records and Prelude Records. The course is designed for Ableton Live users and should take around 3 hours to create. The course is set out into different sections starting with beat programming right on through to mastering the track. It is structured in a simple and easy to follow manner. You should take this course if you want to extend your genre styles within music production and to gain useful tips on how to create classic Disco music with modern technology.

What are the requirements?

  • Ableton Live 8 software
  • Music midi keyboard
  • Speakers or Headphones

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Produce authentic sounding Disco Boogie Music
  • Learn about Chord progressions
  • Key points about mixing down music
  • How to select the appropriate sounds for this specific genre
  • Programme beats
  • Arrangement skills

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners and Advanced
  • Music students
  • DJ's
  • Music Producers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: How to produce a retro disco boogie record in ableton live music course

In this first part of the course, we import individual drum samples into Ableton and begin to create a drum pattern. Make sure that you have downloaded the zip file containing the samples within the resource folder in this lecture.


Download these vst synths for the sounds


This lecture is where we begin to lay out the beats and the recorded music from the previous lessons into a song form.


Continuing the arrangement from lesson 3.

Adding drum solo breakdowns and finalising the arrangement

This lesson adds the reverb and delay bus sends to each individual track that requires effects.


This lesson is a basic mix down session, designed to give you some building blocks in mixing skills.

Mastering the track
Free full track of what we will be producing.

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Instructor Biography

Rob Webster, Waxadisc Digital Dance Music Tutorials

My name is Rob Webster and I am a professional record producer and record label owner.

I create and teach people how to produce music of various genres and to hopefully pass on my knowledge and experience to others who wish to become producers. My courses are mostly within the Ableton software with the use of various 3rd party plug ins and I teach a whole range of different genres ranging from Techno to Chill Out music. My courses are very easy and simple to follow with many different learning techniques such as playing the keyboards and chord structure through to editing and audio mixing. You can read my biography below, thank you.

I have been a DJ since 1993 and I have been producing records since 1999.I have had several chart hits and remixes worldwide. My first big hit in the UK charts was in 1999 and was called "Everybody" under the artist name "The Boy Wunda" This was released on Manifesto Records which is a part of Mercury/Universal Music, and reached number 1 in the UK Club Charts and number 7 in the official UK charts and the top 40 all across Europe. You can view the track on Youtube. My second hit was a remix for Pop group "Atomic Kitten" called "See Ya" and that went to number 6 in the UK in 2000. After this I remixed a track called "The Ghetto" by "The Rhythm Masters" under the name "Soul Glow" and this went to number 1 in Pete Tongs Radio One club chart back in 2002. Since 2005 I have ran several record labels on the internet, but since 2009 I have successfully been in charge of "Cold Rockin Records" which releases mainly Disco House Music. I have recorded under many different artist names for this label. The main one being "Area Social" and I have had over 30 releases go into the top ten download sales chart at digital stores such as Junodownload. My album under the Area Social name went to number 8 in the sales chart in 2011. I also run another label called "Traxscape" which release Chill Out Music and I have had two albums out on that and several pieces form the first album have been used in scientific documentaries.I now as of 2016 run a Disco House record label called "Waxadisc" I have also just had a number one in the junodownload sales chart with a track called "Bionic Love" as Robjamweb for the world famous record label"Editorial". Recently I had a track go to the top chart spot again at Juno Download called "You Know How" and a brand new ep called the Cosmic Soul ep which came out on Masterworks Music. So I constantly keep releasing my own material as well as teach other producers.

The names below are some of the works I have and still record under. You can find all of my work on the internet.


Area Social

The Boy Wunda

Filthy Filtered Disco Freek

Rob Webster

Dakota Soul

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