Ableton Live

This course is an introduction to the unique and innovative software Ableton Live. The course will cover setting up and using audio and midi clips, arranging your track, utilising the session and arrangement views, effects and processing, mixing and mastering and live performance.


By the end of the course the participants will be able to use Ableton Live with audio and midi, clips and effects, to arrange and produce their own music.

Cost: £35 per hr for 2 hr sessions or £40 for 1 hr sessions. Number of hrs recommended: 12 hrs

Method of delivery: 1:1 sessions and small groups

week 1


The live concept

Various ways of producing music with Ableton Live

The interface – MIDI & Audio


Creating Drum Loops and working with MIDI

Using MIDI and drum racks

Creating your own drum racks


Working with Audio

Warping concept

Synchronising and editing audio


Using Effects and Controllers

MIDI controllers set up and mapping

Using audio and MIDI effects

week 5

Working in Session View

Crafting a structure in session view

Using clip envelopes

Clip triggering


Arranging, mixing, mastering, performance

Traditional arrangement technique

Editing and navigating in the arrangement view

Performance and Live arrangement

Mixing & Mastering your tune

Exporting your mix