Ableton Live Core I

Fall SEMESTER Begins September 11

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Details

Learn to produce, create, arrange and mix in today's standard for music production. 
24 hours
12 classes (2 hours)
Location: Beat Drop Calgary & Bow Valley College - Airdrie Campus

Who is this course for?

  • DJ’s looking to get into the world of Live and begin the journey of producing and performing their own material
  • DJ’s and Producers looking to learn to remix their own and other’s material
  • Producers looking to for new tools and sounds for their own music
  • Singer/Songwriters looking to learn to sketch out song ideas and produce professionally sounding tracks

What you will need

  • Headphones
  • We have iMacs with midi controllers, loaded with Ableton 9 Suite
  • You can purchase LIve 9 Suite through us at Educational pricing. 
  • Prior musical experience or knowledge of Live is not required. 

Upon finishing the class

Through hands-on exercises, students learn Live’s various panes, effects and mixing facilities. By the end of the course, students will be ready to showcase a fully finished track for their peers. Because of the small class size and open learning environment, each student receives ample personal attention and comes away with a working knowledge of this ingenious program.

Topics Include:

  • The Geography of Live: A Tour of the Ableton Interface
  • MIDI Clips & the Note Editor: Writing Music with Live Clips
  • MIDI Quantization & Drums: Building Rhythms and Drum Tracks
  • Intro to Audio Effects: Tweaking Your Sound
  • Intro to Midi Effects: Varying your performance
  • MIDI & Key Controls: Using Live with MIDI Controllers
  • Editing Your Arrangement: Refining Your Production in the Arrange View
  • Introduction to Automation
  • Warping and Audio Clip Manipulation
  • Drum Racks and Beat Slicing
  • Audio and Live (Sampling and recording techniques
  • Creative Use of Effects
  • Intermediate Arranging Concepts
  • Intro to Playing Live with Live
  • Intro to Mixing and Mastering your tracks

Lesson 1
GEOGRAPHY OF LIVE

  • Geography
  • Session View VS. Arrangement View
  • Places and File Structure
  • Hardware Setup and Preferences
  • Key Ableton Concepts (Clips, Launching, Racks etc) 

Lesson 2
DRUM PROGRAMMING

  • Simpler and Sampler
  • Impulse
  • Drum Racks
  • MIDI clips
  • Sequencing

Lesson 3
WARPING 101

  • Warping
  • Warp Window
  • Warp Markers
  • Warp Modes and Commands
  • 1-Minute Warp
  • Sound Design with Warping
  • Warp Loops
  • Intro to Clip Envelopes
  • Creative Use of Artifacts

Lesson 4
RECORDING AUDIO

  • Recording External Synths
  • Recording Guitar
  • Recording Vocals

Lesson 5
AUTOMATION

  • Creating Movement
  • More on Clip Envelopes
  • Drawing Automation
  • Recording Automation

Lesson 6
SYNTHESIS 101

  • Introduction to Sampler and Simpler
  • Sampling
  • ADSR Envelopes
  • Introduction to Filters
  • Voices
  • Intro to Operator

Lesson 7
SYNTHESIS 102
MIDTERM

  • More on Operator
  • Intro to MIDI Effects
  • Making Synthesizer Patches

Lesson 8
INSTRUMENT RACKS
 

  • Racks Dissected
  • Creating Racks
  • Macro Controls

Lesson 9
AUDIO & MIDI EFFECT RACKS

  • Audio Effect Racks
  • MIDI Effect Racks
  • Insert vs. Return

Lesson 10
ARRANGMENT 101

  • Tetris Style Arrangement
  • Key Mapping
  • Recording an Arrangement
  • Editing an Arrangement

Lesson 11
Arrangement 102

  • Marker Tracks
  • Using Stems and Remix Packs
  • Final Project

Lesson 12
Mixing and output

  • Intro to Mixing
  • EQ
  • Compression
  • Distortion
  • Utility
  • Auto Pan
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Final Project

Why Ableton Live?

Nothing touches it for simplicity, creativity and spontaneity. It is the goto music production software for remixing, warping and music creation. From recording and producing to playing live with, Live's unique features sets it apart from the competition. For more videos on Ableton Live check out Ableton.

** Please note there will be absolutely no refunds after the first class has taken place.
** You may be offered a credit if you cancel your registration within 2 weeks before the first class takes place.


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Testimonials

"Ableton Core I was an amazing learning experience and overall fun time.  It allowed me to get past the steep initial learning curve and start producing music with confidence."  - Carter

"Ableton Core I is the perfect introduction to making beats and music.  Provides you with the tools and confidence you need to use Ableton software fluently." -  Mark

"Awesome class: filled in so many of the gaps of self-taught material. I can't wait for Ableton Core II!!!" - Ryan

"This course, through Beat Drop, will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. You will leave this course having the confidence to create and express your art. You will meet amazing, like minded individuals that want you to succeed and you get the perks of a small class size, engaging instructors, and the best exposure to the industry that exists in Calgary. Coming into this course with ZERO knowledge in Ableton, I've graduated with full assurance that I can complete a finished piece of art that is ready for commercial exposure."- Tim O

"Beat Drop is an amazing atmosphere where you get to learn from people who are passionately devoting their lives to making music." - Beni D

"I was skeptical at first about what i would get out of this course and if it was worth the money, but after having completed it, i am now interested in taking as many courses as BeatDrop has to offer. Mitch and his crew were great, and the atmosphere was totally easygoing, very comfortable environment for learning. Not only did I learn the in's and out's of Ableton, but also some quite valuable knowledge in audio production overall, that i can use anywhere. I'd recommend this course to anyone who is sick of just tinkering around and wants to take their music to the next level. See y'all in the fall!" - Paul F

"If you're considering taking this course, then take it. Undoubtedly the most effective and efficient way to take your ableton methods to the next level, no matter what your level of experience." - Lauren D

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