Producing Drums with Ableton Live and Drum Rack

A comprehensive overview of how to use Drum Rack and how to produce better sounding drum kits in Live.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This is a comprehensive overview of Ableton Live's Drum Rack taught by Ableton Certified Trainer, Alec Ness (su na). This course will cover all aspects of the Drum Rack and how to use it's features.

We begin by walking through all the different sections of the device and discussing how it works with the interface of Ableton Live. We then cover "clips" and how the program handles MIDI data. Through the primary lectures in the course we discuss the Simpler device and how to add your own drum samples to your projects. We'll cover sequencing drum parts with those samples, then automating effects and parameters to make them unique. Finally we finish the course with layering and mixing your sounds together in order to end up with a clean, well-mixed drum sequence.

The course includes about 2 hours of video content, and will take an estimated 3 hours in consideration of following along and creating your own drum sounds.

The content covered is applicable for any genre, and can especially be useful for:

  • making beats
  • hip hop
  • house
  • trap
  • future beats
  • other types of electronic music

After taking this couse, students can expect to understand how to use drum rack in their own productions and understand the basic concepts of mixing drums.

What are the requirements?

  • Installed copy of Ableton Live standard or suite.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create custom drum racks in Ableton Live.
  • Sequence drum patterns.
  • Produce professional sounding drums.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for those who have a basic understanding of Ableton Live and want to improve on their drum production.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Drum Rack Basics

Learn the layout of Drum Rack. Introduction to Drum Rack pads, macro controls, the chain list and Simpler.


Learn the behavior of clips in Live and how they expand the capabilities of Drum Rack.

Section 2: Adding Sounds

Learn how to add your own samples to Drum Rack and arrange your own kits.


Learn the basic controls of Simpler and how to edit your sounds.

Section 3: Making a sequence.

Learn the different ways to sequence a clip in Live and make drum patterns.


Learn more about the playback of clips and how to automate changes to parameters with envelopes.

Section 4: Producing Your Sounds

Learn how to add common effects to your drum samples and enhance their sound.


Learn how to layer your drum samples and mix all your sounds together to make a cohesive drum kit.

Section 5: Recap

Recap of all sections of drum rack and their functionality. Overview of how drum rack can be used in production.

11 questions

A brief quiz on Drum Rack and the concepts covered in the course.

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Instructor Biography

Alec Ness, Ableton Certified Trainer and Music Instructor

Alec Ness is a music producer and instructor from Minneapolis, MN. He produces music under the alias "su na".

As an artist, Alec is a predominantly an electronic musician, he began producing with Ableton Live in 2005. A classically trained percussionist, and former student of composition at McNally Smith College of Music.

As an educator, Alec specializes in the instruction of music and music software, primarily Ableton Live. He began teaching for the Slam Academy of Minneapolis MN in 2011, and received his title of Ableton Certified Trainer in 2013.

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