From the studio to the stage, Ableton Live is used to create, record, produce, and even perform music. Learn about linear and improvisational styles of producing electronic music as we help you master the software’s innovative interface.



Bring your ideas to life.


Our course guides you through the artistic journey of discovering your sound and developing it into a unique body of work. Learn valuable techniques as you complete the full music production process.
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The flagship of our music training, After completing this program, you will leave with a complete toolset to create music from scratch right through to final radio ready product as well as the ability to use Ableton for remix’s, mash-ups and creating sound effects and music for film.


What will be covered

  • Digital & Analog Audio Foundations
  • Music Theory Foundations
  • Sound Engineering Foundations
  • Navigating Ableton Live’s interface
  • Session View/Arrangement View
  • Session automation
  • Clip envelopes
  • Track automation
  • Programming original drum beats
  • Sequencing musical parts
  • MIDI and Key mapping
  • Introduction to effects and routing
  • Organizational techniques and practices
  • The Drum Rack
  • Recording original drum and percussion parts
  • Modifying and shaping drum sounds
  • Creating bass lines
  • Creating melodies and leads
  • Creating pads, textures, and keyboard parts
  • Audio recording methods and techniques
  • Resampling
  • Arranging and exporting
  • Mixing basics
  • Building custom Drum Racks
  • Layering drums for a custom sound
  • Slice to MIDI
  • Creating original bass sounds
  • Creating original melody and lead sounds
  • Creating original pads, textures, and keyboard sounds
  • Creating ear candy: sweeps, risers, and sound effects
  • Using dynamics processors as part of the composition process
  • FM synthesis with Operator
  • Creating custom patches with Sampler
  • Physical modeling using Electric, Tension, and Collision
  • “Breaking” physical models to make unimaginable sounds
  • Combining instruments with Instrument Racks to make huge sounds
  • Making sound effects with advanced synthesis, sampling, and vocoding
  • How to best use original sounds in music creation
  • The Audio Effect Rack
  • Parallel processing and parallel compression
  • Morphing effects
  • Multi-band effects
  • Advanced distortion
  • Time-based effects
  • Pitch and modulation effects
  • Advanced EQ techniques
  • Mastering setups and tools
  • Making custom MIDI processors using the MIDI Effect Rack
  • MIDI resampling
  • Max for Live Instruments
  • Max for Live Audio Effects
  • Max for Live MIDI Effects
  • Composing with MIDI controllers
  • Remixing concepts and techniques
  • Using video in Live

WHAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS PROGRAMME

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, music theory and Sound engineering knowlege necessary, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your ultimate sound.



WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • A Mac or PC computer with a web browser and broadband Internet access
  • Ableton Live 9
  • A MIDI controller keyboard
  • Studio Monitors or Headphones
  • A studio Condenser Microphone



  • NB: None of the above is necessary during the course as our studio is fully equipped with industry leading software and hardware as well as student research and practice stations, however it is highly recommended and essential after your course is completed.



    40 Lessons (1 Hour per lesson)


    COST


    50/50 Payment Plan: R16,200.00


    Once off Payment: R14,200.00

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