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Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists

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California Institute of the Arts via Kadenze

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Found in Digital Media
  • Provider Kadenze
  • Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 9 weeks long
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Overview

This course provides hands-on experience in producing, mixing, and sound design with a digital audio workstation. Students will learn the fundamentals (physics) of sound and digital audio, proper gain staging, where and how distortion enters recordings and mixes, how to set levels and panning, effective sub group mixing, and an introduction to signal processing such as equalization, compression, delay, and reverb. In addition to core audio and mixing concepts, students will learn various production techniques, such as sequencing, arranging, automation, using virtual instruments (e.g. synths, samplers, and drum machine plugins), working with MIDI, plugin formats such as VST/Audio-Units, and mapping digital USB controllers for the studio and live performance.

The material covered in this course will range from the foundations of producing music and sound design, to more advanced topics such as Ableton "racks" (Audio Effect Racks, MIDI Effect Racks, Instrument Racks, and Drum Racks), multi-band effects processing, advanced modulation, warping, time-stretching, and mangling audio, as well as taking advantage of Live's audio analysis tools for extracting grooves, melody, harmony, and drums from recorded sound.

Syllabus

Session 1: Introduction To Ableton Live 
This session will cover the fundamentals of Ableton Live, including Live Sets and Projects, tracks, clips, the Session View, the Arrangement View, exporting audio, and more.
Session 2: The Nature Of Sound 
This session will cover the basic properties (physics) of sound, an introduction to digital audio theory, and gain staging.
Session 3: Levels And Panning 
This session will cover the fundamentals of setting up a basic mix, including balancing levels, placing sounds in the stereo field, and mixing into pink noise.
Session 4: Sculpting Frequencies: Equalization 
This session will cover using EQ to shape your sounds and mixes. Learn about the different types of EQs (3-band, Graphic, and Parametric) and how to use them on different sounds, using EQs for dramatic effect, as well as creating dynamic EQs.
Session 5: Reverb And Space 
Learn about natural and analog reverb, sound reflections and absorption, and how to use Live's powerful digital 'verb to bring a sense of space and depth to your tracks. Additional lessons in using reverb for sound design and FX will be covered.
Session 6: Compression And Dynamics 
This session will cover everything you need to know about dynamics processing and using compression to produce punchy mixes. Topics include an overview of how compression works using Ableton's "Compressor", buss compression with the "Glue" compressor, Parallel/NY compression, multiband compression with the "Multiband Dynamics" compressor, and Side-chain compression.
Session 7: Slicing And Dicing: Sampling In Live 
This session will cover the foundations of sampling from a historical perspective (Musique Concrete to Hip Hop), and practical use of samplers and sampling including using Live's Simpler and Sampler devices for synthesis and sound design, chopping up drum breaks, etc.
Session 8: Parallel Signal Processing: Ableton Racks 
This session will cover using Audio Effect Racks, MIDI Effect Racks, Instrument Racks, and advanced Drum Rack configuration for a wide range of applications including: dynamic audio effects, custom arpeggiators, multiband effect processing, and more.
Session 9: Inside/Outside: Advanced MIDI, Syncing Laptops, Mapping Strategies, And Audio Analysis 
This session will cover a wide range of advanced production techniques including a deeper understanding of the MIDI protocol, syncing multiple Live sessions on different computers via a standard computer network (WIFI/Ethernet), mapping strategies for live performance, as well as advanced audio analysis in Live (extracting "grooves" from audio, and converting melody, harmony, and drums from audio-to-MIDI).

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Jordan Hochenbaum

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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
If you're just getting started with Ableton Live or have been trying to find a structured way to refresh your Ableton and sound product knowledge and techniques in general, look no further. This course really puts everything in place.

My story - I started dabbling with music production and performance in high school (Audacity days), primarily being the vocalist and producer of the bands/acts that I have been a part of (genres include DrumnBass, Electro House, Downtempo, etc.). More recently, I've delved deeper into infusing electronic music concepts and sounds with my earlier inf…
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Sky D
5.0 2 years ago
by Sky completed this course.
"Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists" with instructor Jordan Hochenbaum... is not just a superb introduction to using Ableton Live to produce electronic music.. it is much more!

I'll quote the instructor's welcome message.. it definitely represents my experience so far:

"In this course we’re going to help you develop your core mixing and production skills, increase your knowledge of analog/digital audio theory, and we’ll also dig into some more advanced production and fx processing techniques. Whenever possible, you’re also going to get historic…
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Myrto C
5.0 2 years ago
by Myrto is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The course is very detailed and well formed. All the information given at the sessions is cohesive ,easy to understand and consequently memorize. I knew nothing about Ableton at the beginning, but even during the 3rd session, I started feeling confident . The instructor, Jordan, has the ability to pass the knowledge to the students and keep them focus and on track.

Overall, this course has been an excellent source of information so far.

Many thanks to Jordan & the rest of the Team

Greetings from Greece, Europe

Myrto
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Really a great course if your looking to hone your Ableton chops (well duh), but what I really liked was the projects that involved matching eq, or compression, etc to a reference file. This simply is the most effective way to improve your "sonic ears" so to speak. They even give you detailed graphs showing you how you've done in comparison to the reference, brilliant!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is one of the best courses to get started with Ableton, and getting to know the steps involved in music production. Before this course, I watched hundreds of YouTube tutorials and some other paid tutorials, but this one really helped me understand the basics of Ableton and music production. Special shout out to Jordan for being as awesome as he is!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I thought I was good at Ableton and thought I would breeze through this course. But I really learned a lot and the assignments were difficult with amazing feedback on my eq and compression skills. This is different than other courses I have taken online.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've taken Ableton Live courses before but this one went much deeper in a lot of techniques. After this course I felt that my ableton skills were furthered a lot. I was looking to reach an advanced level and this course helped me a lot.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A sweet learning slope with clear instructions and theory. This course helped me to sort out the good practices in Ableton Live. I recommend this to every Ableton Live beginner, even when Live 10 will be out.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very thorough and well organized. Jordan shared valuable insights for both beginners and advanced users. His teaching style is great as well - I am a university lecturer so have an informed perspective on that
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Great class, great instructor. I can honestly say my quality of work has increased exponentially from the material I've learned in this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
One of the most useful and important classes, learn a lot about Ableton Live and sound synthesis. Thank you Jordan.
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Chris H
4.0 5 months ago
Chris is taking this course right now.
This course does not go into the tiny details about how to use Ableton Live. Rather, it goes over the major issues that go into producing a track, and shows you how to do it in Ableton. This was unexpectedly useful, because it made me consider a lot of aspects that I did not know that I didn't know about. Also, by simply watching the instructor do the big picture things, I learned in passing how to navigate and figure out the the logic of the interface without getting specific instruction, avoiding a fair bit of tedium. I still need to look up some details on how to trim and save samples for future use, for example, but this will be relatively easy to do now that I have a big picture view. Also, I was worried that since I have Ableton 10 and this appears to have been done on Ableton 9 there would be issues, but it doesn't matter at all.

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I am grateful to this class it is helping me in the music industry. I want to take my career to another level. With the assistance of this class this will give me better insight on how to create and produce the music I want to create. Also I am learning about the software products and how to use the software in my creation. Please remember women are getting into the music industry & music engineering. with this class you will make better decision on your creation.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is the perfect course for getting your feet wet in Ableton Live. Theory and practice are well-balanced, background information given by Live's makers is valuable. The lectures are clearly understandable (which is even more important when English is not your first language). You can't go wrong here, I highly recommend this course!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The Sound Production course offered by Cal Arts provide a perfect and interactive environment to learn sound production in Ableton Live. The course instructor Jordan teaches in an easy to follow concise manner making many of complex subjects seem simple. This course makes what seems daunting, sound production, simple and fun.
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Jose C
5.0 2 years ago
by Jose completed this course.
Excellent course to get into Ableton and music production. It goes deep into topics such as mixing, reverb, sampling, EQ, compressing and gives you the tools to go even deeper. Lecturer Jordan Hochenbaum's lectures were very clear and structure. Assignments were challenging and feedback very informative. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
A perfectly pitched course....doesn't waste time stating the obvious but gives a really solid understanding of audio theory fundamentals alongside practical examples and techniques. High recommended and I hope there's a 'stage 2' course in the pipeline. I'd been looking for something like this for a long time.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This class was very well laid out for someone with very little to no music production. It starts with necessary theory and covers the tools you will use the most in ableton to start producing and developing your own skills. I very much recommend this course to anyone, not just beginners. Thank You!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The best free online resource to get started with Ableton Live. I've watched tons of videos but it was very difficult get a global vision.

This course helped me focus on what's important, gave me a very good overall view and helped me to understand where to focus.

Awesome to find it available free.
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Jeffrey L
5.0 a year ago
Jeffrey completed this course.
Great class. I've been a user of Ableton for over 10 years and Jordan explained so many things so thoroughly. I learned so many new things I never knew existed. I recommend this for all beginners to Ableton and even advanced users. Great class!
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