Live Fundamentals

You might be wondering, what is Live? What can it do? What can’t it do? Whether you are making EDM, hip hop, rock, experimental classical, Broadway musicals, or anything in between Ableton Live is perfect for jamming, studio recording, post-production, live performance and DJing. In short, Live does it all.

Best of all, Ableton Live is a lot of fun. This Live Fundamental course will introduce you to the key features of this powerful software.

$19.00 USD

Additional information

Video Episodes

25

Total Length

1.5 hours

DAW Used

Live 8

Skill Level

Beginner

Product Description

Your Foundation in Live, Post Haste

Life is busy, we know.  And you want to be making music, not reading a manual (yawn…).  Welcome to the fast lane!  Just like speed dating, you’ll get the essential basics in a few hot moments.  You might be wondering, what is Live? What can it do? What can’t it do?  Whether you are making EDM, hip hop, rock, experimental classical, Broadway musicals, or anything in between Ableton Live is perfect for jamming, studio recording, post-production, paying your taxes*, live performance and DJing. In short, Live does it all.  So pop in a microwave pizza, and get your first few lessons in before the dinger goes off.  You’ll dig this.  Free preview videos below…check ’em.

*Not really, just making sure you’re paying attention.

What You’ll Learn

There’s so much to learn about Ableton Live that it can be intimidating at first. You could melt your face off on Youtube, watching eons of tutorials by people who maybe (or maybe don’t) know what they’re talking about.  Or, you can tee up with these pros and get up to speed right and proper!  Here’s what we cover:

  1. Live as a DAW(digital audio workstation) and as a powerful tool for DJing and performing
  2. What is Warping, Transposing, Session View vs. Arrangement View, Detail View, the Browser, the Groove Pool, Info View, File Management and the Live Library.
  3. Ableton Live’s various File Formats and how they work with the program
  4. How to share your Live projects with other producers and best practices for archiving your music projects for future use
  5. How to Optimize sound quality in Live and how to properly configure: Global Preference settings, Clip settings and Warping settings in Live


What You Get

  1. 4 modules of content covering the fundamentals of Ableton Live and it’s capabilities.
  2. 25 HD video tutorials with industry expert, Erik Magrini and Ableton Live Certified Trainer, Ian Gallagher.
  3. Each video is bite sized and covers one specific topic.  No rambling here!  You get in, learn the concept, and get back to making music.
  4. Student discount pricing (20-60% off) on third-party software from our partners!

About Your Instructors

Both instructors are stone cold pros.  Erik Magrini is an Ableton Live expert and professional mix and mastering engineer.  Ian Gallagher is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer, and actually wrote parts of the Ableton Live user manual!  Combined they have years of combined experience as DJs, audio engineers, sound designers and producers.  For more info, check out their full trainer profiles:

Trainer Profile: Ian Gallagher
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Trainer Profile: Erik Magrini
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Course Requirements

  • Access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.
  • A working copy of Live 8/9 (standard) is recommended, although almost all of the course can be done with Live 9 Intro. Live 9 Suite is not required (but is a lot of extra fun!).
  • Headphones and/or studio monitors.

What is Live Anyways?

  • What Is Live Anyway? Overview
  • DAW and Live Instrument
  • Warping
  • Transposing
  • Session vs. Arrangement

Ableton Live’s Interface

  • Ableton Live’s Interface: Introduction
  • Session View
  • Arrangement View
  • Info View
  • Detail View
  • The Browser and Groove Pool
  • The File Manager and Help View
  • The Live Library
  • Interface Shortcuts

File Formats

  • File Formats Introduction
  • Live Projects and Sets
  • Collect All and Save
  • Acceptable Audio and Video Formats
  • MIDI Files
  • Analysis Files
  • Live Packs
  • Ableton Skin Files
  • Working with File Formats

Optimizing Sound Quality in Live

  • Global Preferences
  • Clip Settings
  • Warping Settings
  • Gain Staging

What skill level is this course?
Beginner. You don’t need to be a pro or know anything about Live, this course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of Live and get you familiarized with Live’s features.

Is this course applicable to my genre?
In a word – yes. The techniques we teach can be applied universally to virtually any electronic music genre.

How long can I access this course and the videos?
You have access to this course and the videos in your My Courses / My Library area for 12 full months after your purchase date.

Are there downloads or templates for this course?
No downloads for this course.

What if I don’t like the course?
We want you to be as excited about your course as we are. If for any reason you’re not 100% happy with it, we offer a no-hassle, no-BS, super easy 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Any time within the first 30 days after purchase we will refund your money.

What version of Live do I need to use the course?
This course is done in Live 8, and you can use either Live 8 or Live 9. All of these techniques can also be done in Live 9 Intro & Live 9 Suite. A demo of Live 9 is available at https://ableton.com, though be sure and wait until the course begins if you go this route as it will expire after 30 days.

What if I have trouble viewing the streaming videos?
Important: To get the best experience, we highly recommend you use the most updated version of Google’s free Chrome browser. This functions best with our streaming video players: Google Chrome

Can I download the videos?
No, but you have full access to all the video content for 12 months after signing up. You can also access the videos from virtually any mobile device.

Are there any system requirements?
Yes, a broadband internet connection and computer are required. Minimum requirements are obviously the ability to run Ableton Live 8/9 so any computer with Mac OS 10.5 & Windows XP or newer should do just fine.

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$19.00 USD

Additional information

Video Episodes

25

Total Length

1.5 hours

DAW Used

Live 8

Skill Level

Beginner