Ableton Live Music Production Course | £400


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Tutors: Sam Roberts / M-Melodie

Throughout the course you’ll learn the foundations in Electronic Music Production using Ableton Live. Upon completion, your first release could be available on iTunes, courtesy of the Academy.

Lesson 1: Introduction

1.1 Skills audit/student interview: Establish prior knowledge of Ableton and/or other music production programs and past experience with DJ’ing or use of other musical instruments
1.2 Introduction to Ableton Live
1.3 Setting up, opening & Saving projects
1.4 Identifying core parts of a song
1.5 Using ableton Live’s Session View with royalty free audio loops

Lesson 2: Midi & Drum Patterns

2.1 Introduction to midi
2.2 Identifying different drum & percussive sounds
2.3 Creating Midi Drum Patterns with “drum racks”
2.4 Using Ableton Live’s Session View with midi & audio loops

Lesson 3: Ableton Live’s Arrangement View, Basslines & Basic Music Theory

3.1 Working with Bassline Samples in Ableton Live’s Arrangement View
3.2 Brief introduction to music theory
3.3 Chopping Audio Loops, Using audio effects such as pitch-shift, reverse & Further sample manipulation such as “warping”
3.4 Introduction to basic synthesis with Ableton Lives Bass instruments & Midi loops

Lesson 4: Melodies

4.1 Identifying Different melodic instruments
4.2 Adding Melodic elements to compliment the drums and baseline using instruments from Ableton Live’s stock sound bank & Midi Loops
4.2 Using Ableton Live’s Session View to test out all main elements of the track

Lesson 5: Structure, creative edits to melodies & More detailed look at Ableton Lives Arrangement View

5.1 Recording from Ableton Live’s Session View into Ableton Live’s Arrangement View
5.2 Using Ableton Live’s Arrangement View to Construct the arrangement of the track
5.3 Further editing tips for use in Ableton Live’s Arrangement View
5.4 Personalising melodies/re-writing melodies

Lesson 6: Effects

6.1 Importing & editing audio sound effect samples to fuse each section of the song together
6.2 Automation & volume control
6.3 Introduction to Return Tracks to Give your song further treatment with the inclusion of effects such as Reverb & delay

Lesson 7: Compression, EQing, stereo Imaging & VST Plugins

7.1 Basic compression techniques including Side-chain Compression
7.2 Understanding Eqing & Stereo width with ableton Lives “Eq8″ , “Utility” and “Spectrum” to give elements within your song a “3D” feel
7.3 Using VST plug ins

Lesson 8: Mixing & Preparing Track for Release

8.1 Advanced arrangement & genre specific element replacements
8.2 Mix-Down: Using the techniques you’ve learned throughout the course, we’ll fuse all the separate parts of your song together
8.3 Naming & Releasing your professionally mastered Song

Full individual teaching plan complete with handouts and samples ending in producing your own arrangement

To get a glimpse of what we've done for our clients, please have a look at our testimonials. If you like what you see, contact us.


DJs Love Us

When I started at the academy I wasn’t a beginner, more of an enthusiast who needed a kick up the backside! I’d been content to just mix for my podcast for a few years but having sessions with Melodie gave me the confidence and the desire to play out and entertain. I didn’t think I was good enough to play in a club or that the kind of music I played would make people dance but it didn’t take long for me to realise that I wasn’t far off.

Melodie helped me to focus of making my sound more professional looking at things like EQ’s, the all important volume levels and more creative things like acapella mashups and sound effects. She helped me build the foundations of a good technical ability and has given me the inspiration to continue building this up and making myself better.

After much encouragement I finally sent a demo cd to a club in Leeds and now i’m a resident dj for Glasshouse at Mezz in Leeds playing in the funky room. It’s been a real buzz playing for such a big club and an up for it crowd, it just encourages me to want to learn more and explore new techniques. Melodie has helped me get here no doubt!


Rob Hedley


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